Your New Skin and Hair Saviour, HONEY!

Nature’s liquid gold is all that we love this Spring season. Bring ‘it in!

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Since ancient times, honey has been loved and used for its many beauty benefits. It’s said that Cleopatra used to bathe in milk and honey to get radiant, smooth skin. In modern-day cosmetics, a variety of products are infused with honey. From past to present, it sure looks like honey is one of nature’s own beauty treatments. Why? Because it is packed with enzymes and full of antiseptic, antibacterial and antioxidant properties. But to get honey’s full benefits, use it not pasteurised, processed or heated in anyway but just all-natural! Here are seven uses of honey you can try out:

 1. Pore cleanser

The enzymes in pure natural honey can help brighten and unclog your pores for clearer skin. Honey also creates a barrier on your skin, preventing bacteria from entering and causing blemishes and blackheads.

How to Apply raw natural honey to the troubled areas of your face. Rinse with lukewarm water after 10 to 15 minutes followed by a splash of cold water to help close the pores; best done twice a week.

 2. Bye-bye dead skin!

Honey is rich in antioxidants, enzymes and nutrients that can result in healthier, cleaner and more moisturised skin. With a little help from brown sugar, honey can also help exfoliate dead skin to get you a smoother and brighter complexion.

3. Heal wounds

Face looking duller than ever? Slather on a honey mask. You’ll see scars getting lighter because the honey helps heal wounds and reduce scarring. Thanks to its super-hydrating properties, it also acts as a cell regenerator for faster cell turnover and healing.

How to Apply honey on the spots and problem areas with your finger and massage in a circular motion for one to two minutes. Next, cover your face with a hot towel and chill until it cools.

4. Chapped no more

Dry and rough lips are never a good look, so if you’re struggling with this, hydrate your puckers with a good layer of honey. Leave it on for 10 minutes and rinse. Voilà, kissable pout!

5. Hydrating agent

Make a hydrating mask by mixing honey with bananas to create a mushy, smooth paste. Place it all over your face and after half an hour, just wash it off with cold water to reveal instant supple skin! Best part of this DIY? You can eat the leftovers! Chill the mixture in the fridge overnight and top it with berries, granola and drizzled honey for a quick breakfast.

6. 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner

Raw honey is a natural humectant, which means it helps to retain or preserve moisture. This makes for the perfect DIY haircare treatment. For stronger, moisturised hair, mix one tablespoon of honey with your favourite shampoo. You can also opt to use it as a deep conditioner by mixing it with one teaspoon of all-natural extra virgin olive oil. Wet your hair and run the mixture from roots to ends and leave in for 20 minutes before washing.

7. Natural hair dye

Anyone up for a change of hair colour? The enzymes in honey slowly release low concentrations of hydrogen peroxide, which is known to lighten hair colour. It’s nothing too drastic, but if you’re keen on going one or two shades lighter, try it out!

How to Add two tablespoons of water to three tablespoons of honey and mix well. Apply the mixture to clean, damp hair. You can also apply on just a couple of strands for some highlights. Rinse it after an hour. Do this weekly for best results.

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