After attending my friend Jane's class on the 100 things she did to beat cancer, I was amazed to find out that Raw Honey, honey in its purest form, actually has some wonderful benefits for the body, not only internally but externally! When lovely Jane speaks, people listen, she is an amazing lady, that glows with vibrancy from the inside out. She is a living testament to health!
I have been looking for natural alternatives for my face and skin care, that would not break the bank, so when she mentioned the reasons she included honey to her 100, by stating that "honey has been used throughout the ages as an all natural beauty product and that honey is a natural antimicrobial and antioxidant. she really got my attention!
Now, don't go to the grocery store and pick up just any honey. The only honey you will want touching your precious skin and tongue is honey in the raw! Most others have been processed, heated and filtered, robbing it of natural nutrients. In terms of antioxidants, darker is better when it comes to honey. The raw honey you need to look for can be found in most health food stores, local raw honey is best.
What I learned is that raw honey contains 27 mineral, 22 amino acids and 5,000 live enzymes. If you have not heard the good news about enzymes, you will be soon, stay tuned! But for now we will stick with honey... honey keeps you healthy by fighting disease and boosting the digestive system. Jane mentioned "One daily spoonful in your tea or spread on your toast is all that is needed to reap these benefits".
Honey has been used to treat wounds for thousands of years. The antiseptic properties of honey will clean wounds and inhibit bacterial growth. Its natural antibiotic and antibacterial properties aid in treating cuts, burns, and even Acne. It promotes healing, reduces swelling and prevents infections.
After doing more research on Honey in the raw, I decided Why not...
Exfoliate with honey. Honey contains mild alpha hydroxy acids, such as gluconic acid. These acids are very safe to use on skin and can loosen bonds between the dead skin cells, making it easier to shed this dead layer. These acids are also able to increase elasticity, balance out oily skin, stimulate collagen production, and minimize lines and wrinkles, thus making you look younger.
Help your skin to hold moisture in. Honey contains amino acids, which help the skin retain its essential moisture. In addition, the sugar content in honey makes it an excellent humectant. So, apply a honey mask each day for moisturizing!
Reduce free radicals with honey. Because of its many antioxidants, honey scavenges for free radicals. Honey can reverse damage done to your skin by these free radicals, and does not dry out your skin, like many soaps do.
And Instead of going out and spending lots of money for a facial or high dollar chemicals. I decided to try alternating with these awesome homemade masks and facials, check it out:
Moisture Mask Mix 2 tablespoons honey with 2 teaspoons milk. Smooth over face and throat. Leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.
Smoothing Skin Lotion Mix 1 teaspoon honey with 1 teaspoon vegetable oil and ¼ teaspoon lemon. Rub into hands, elbows, heels and anywhere that feels dry. Leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse off with water.
Honey Cleansing Scrub Mix 1 tablespoon honey with 2 tablespoons finely ground almonds and ½ teaspoon lemon juice. Rub gently onto face. Rinse off with warm water.
Firming Face Mask
Whisk together 1 tablespoon honey, 1 egg white, 1 teaspoon glycerin and enough flour to form a paste. (Approximately ¼ cup). Smooth over face and throat. Leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.
The skin’s ability to stay hydrated is an important factor in its ability to maintain softness, suppleness and elasticity. As skin ages, or as it is exposed to environmental stresses and chemical agents, it loses this ability to retain water, becomes dry and appears wrinkled. Honey is a humectant, which means it attracts and retains water. So honey is a natural fit for a variety of moisturizing products including cleansers, creams, shampoos and conditioners. Because honey is also an anti-irritant, it is suitable for sensitive skin and baby care products.
Also consuming raw honey is a healthy way to get an energy boost. Its carbohydrates supply us with energy and strength. It can boost your endurance and reduce muscle fatigue, so go ahead and apply on your lips too, softer, sweeter and healthier~! Why not steal a sweet boost with your tongue, while waiting for your mask to set!
My conclusion for you, raw honey for beauty is a definite "YES" my face is poreless and as soft as a baby bottom, so now I am going to have to pamper the rest of the body and try some of these as an all over body treatment. It is going to be a bit time consuming, but who isn't worth it? My face feels amazing, can't leave the body out on this one!