Mother Earth has conferred on Men the greatest gifts of Nature. One such precious gift is the ‘nectar of Gods’’- Honey. Despite being known popularly as the nectar of Gods, this amber- hued liquid gold wonder has been a sure favourite among the beautiful goddesses too, for their excellent benefits on skin. According to folklore, the Egyptian beauty Cleopatra used honey as a moisturizer to enhance the radiance of her skin. In addition, she also made use of honey and milk for bathing. It is believed that Nero’s wife Poppea too, used the combo of milk and honey as a lotion for the face. Hence, manufacturers have used honey as one of the main ingredients in skin care and personal products to combat various skin issues.
CONSTITUTES OF HONEY
Essentially nectar acquired from the flowers, honey consists of sugar amounting to 80% with the remaining components such as calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, water, vitamin B, C and amino acids in trivial quantities. The antioxidant properties found in honey retain the freshness of the skin thus preventing premature ageing and wrinkling of the skin. Also read health benefits of honey
HONEY SKIN BENEFITS
Honey offers incredible benefits for skin care. The chemical substances of honey, aid rapid healing and prevent any sort of skin infection. The thick fluid-like consistency helps retain moisture in the skin keeping the skin radiantly soft and smooth.
The important cause for honey’s antibacterial property is because while formulating honey they have a tendency to include glucose oxidase, an enzyme that brings in hydrogen peroxide. These enzymes and amino acids present in honey is generally utilized for addressing various skin issues and is effective for pimples and acne scars. Consisting of a good source of antibacterial properties, honey facilitates rapid healing of burns, scrapes, wounds, and makes an effective home remedy for treating pimples and acne.
According to a study conducted in the year 1999, by the Wales University, it was discovered, an antibacterial reaction to the, Staphylococcus aureus, an environmental bacteria that produce infections in gaping wounds. Besides, there were a few reports that pointed out the effectiveness of honey at preventing Candida albicans and Escherichia coli.
The potent antioxidant elements in Honey battle free radicals besides delaying the ageing process. Being a powerful antioxidant, honey protects the body from oxidative stress thus promoting better health.
The antioxidant properties also make sure that they counterbalance the free radicals to decelerate the ageing process. They execute therapeutic benefits at the innermost cellular level, letting the rewards apparent in a multitude of ways and helping fix wrinkled and damaged skin.
Furthermore, according to recent research, the antioxidants act as a natural barrier protecting the skin from the harsh ultra violet rays of the sun. Thus, honey helps prevent wrinkling of skin prematurely and damage to the skin, which normally leads to skin cancer, due to overexposure of the sun’s rays.
Honey is an Excellent Moisturizer
Honey makes an excellent natural skin moisturizer, since it performs the role of a humectant, which means an element that confines humidity and dampness within the skin. Therefore, it keeps skin free of fine line, wrinkles and prevents ageing.
SKIN CARE TIPS USING HONEY
Are you one of the many longing for a flawless complexion? Then read on for a few beauty tips using honey as a main ingredient.
Honey Cucumber Toner
Take a whole cucumber and blend to make puree. Filter to make juice and to the puree add a couple of teaspoons of honey. Transfer the contents to an airtight glass jar tightly sealed. Store it in a refrigerator. When required apply the mixture on the face, (not forgetting the neck area though) with the use of cotton pads, twice a day – during the day and at night. Allow it to dry and cleanse it with water. The stored contents may be preserved for a week in the refrigerator.
Mild Honey Cleanser
Indulge skin for a complete cleansing by mixing a few drops of glycerine and a tablespoon of liquid soap to ¼ cup of honey. Gently apply on skin using a soft cloth, and cleanse with tepid water.
To combat dry and dark patches on the elbows mix a teaspoon each of olive oil and honey along with ½ a teaspoon of lemon juice. Apply on the affected area and sponge down after fifteen minutes.
Beat an egg white until fluffy, together with ¼-cup flour, a tablespoon each of glycerine and honey. Apply on the face and keep it on for fifteen minutes before a final wash with warm tepid water.
This, besides making your skin firm, will also reduce the pores preventing premature ageing.
Face Mask with Turmeric and Honey
Turmeric and honey create an excellent combo for imparting fair flawless complexion. One teaspoon each of raw honey and turmeric formed to a thick paste help eliminate scars and blemishes making the skin supple soft and glowing.
For Sensitive/ Dry Skin
Mix a teaspoon each of honey, hazelnuts chopped and yogurt, with a few drops of olive oil, to form a creamy base. Apply on the face without massaging and allow it to soak for about ten minutes. Clean with lukewarm water.
For Oily Skin
Take the same (above) ingredients in the same ratio as for sensitive and dry skin. Replace olive oil with a few drops of lemon juice. Mix these ingredients and apply on the face for ten minutes. Then rinse with tepid water. It imparts a natural radiance and helps combat scars, pimples and acne. This treatment is very effective, due to the astringent properties present in lemon.
Moisturizing Pack using Honey
Mix and apply over the throat and neck, two tablespoons each of milk and honey. Allow it for fifteen minutes. Wash with lukewarm water followed by a cold-water douse.
Puree half a banana. To this add a teaspoon of honey and two teaspoons of yogurt Mix well and apply on the face. Leave it on for ten minutes and sluice with lukewarm water.
Combine Honey with sandalwood powder, turmeric powder, and milk for a great face wash. According to personal preferences substitute rosewater with milk, or better still use both fluids for a gorgeous-looking immaculate skin.
Natural Facial Bleach
Take two tablespoons each of honey and tomato pulp. Mix thoroughly and leave on the face for about fifteen or twenty minutes, before a final cleanse with cold water.
Indulge your skin to a honeyed-treat every day, along with a regular beauty routine and discover a new radiant and younger looking you!