Honey is a natural sweetener, a gift from the humble and sometimes aggressive bee. Many of us are aware of the numerous benefits of honey. It is a great alternative to sugar in drinks with a lot of antibacterial as well as antiseptic properties.
The healing properties present in honey makes it useful for the treatment of number of ailments. This natural sweetener is actually very beneficial for your skin. The benefits of honey for enhancing the beauty of your skin has been discovered and enjoyed by ancient Greeks. Greeks were the first people to discover the benefits of this natural sweetener for the skin to maintain the youthfulness, suppleness and to enhance the beauty of the skin. Honey has the ability to attract and maintain the moisture of the skin making it supple and elastic.
Scientists have discovered various other properties of honey which are beneficial, like the discovery of amino acids and enzymes that can work wonders. Honey works as a good anti-acne treatment; it helps cleanse the pores and prevents the growth of microbes. The darker the color of the honey the more it is rich in antioxidants, which is good in eliminating the free radicals; one of the reasons for skin ageing. Honey also works like a good sun block as it prevents the harmful ultra-violet rays of the sun from affecting the skin.
With so many benefits of honey as a moisturizer, anti-ageing agent, and a good antioxidant why go for the expensive creams that are made from harmful chemicals that claim to enhance your looks when you can have a solution in your kitchen itself? By simply mixing honey with other skin enhancers that are available at our homes we can create our own honey masks and get rid of skin problems like acnes, pimples, scars, spots and wrinkles.
1. Facial Masks For Sensitive Skins
Honey masks can be made from honey alone or by combining other natural products at the comforts of your homes as and when required. There are different honey masks which can be prepared at home; you can mix lemon, oatmeal, milk and many other products which are popularly known to benefit the skin.
You can mix a tablespoon of honey with three drops of lavender oil to produce a mask which can be applied for at least 10 to 15 minutes each day. Repeat this procedure regularly to maintain a good and improved skin texture.
For people with sensitive skin mix half a tablespoon of honey with half banana, 1/4th cup of cooked oatmeal with milk, and an egg to give you a good facial mask.
2. Anti–Acne Masks
To get rid of acnes which can trouble teens as well as adults alike, you can prepare honey masks to cure your acne problem. Combine two tablespoons of honey with equal amount of milk, juice of lemon, 1 tablespoon of yoghurt mixed with some warm water to prepare a good homemade anti-acne cream.
The antiseptic and antibacterial properties of the honey, lemon and the cleansing property of milk combined together works wonders for your skin. Apply this mixture and allow it to dry, do this regularly to see the acnes disappearing.
Another anti-acne treatment is made from the mixture of honey and few drops of tea tree oil. Apply this honey mask regularly to see the difference. Tea tree oil has anti-fungal, anti-microbial, and antiseptic features which when combined with the benefits of honey forms a strong anti-acne treatment mask.
3. Face masks for skin affected by Sunburn and Irritation
Aloe Vera is known for its moisturizing, soothing and toning properties. Mixing honey with the juice of Aloe Vera works wonders on skin irritation, inflammation, and redness.
A pinch of Aloe Vera juice with honey is enough for application daily. Leave the mask for 10 minutes to see a gradual and positive result.
Tips for Best Results
To attain optimum results from honey masks it would be wise to prepare these masks fresh and from organic ingredients. Remember to filter raw honey as raw honey may contain pollen grains, dust and stray foreign bodies which can be harmful for your skin.
Always test the masks on a small patch of skin to check for any allergies especially for people with sensitive skins. You do not want any harmful allergic reactions to your skin due the use of honey.
Disadvantage of Preparing Masks from Honey
Though masks made from honey are beneficial to the skin it is not an important part of most people’s beauty regime and why is that? The reason being working with honey can be messy due to the stickiness of honey and the other reason being lack of time to prepare fresh masks. But if you want a good supple, youthful and radiant acne free skin it is worth the time spent on making masks from honey as a part of your daily beauty regime. The final result will be better than any masks available in the market.