While most people associate honey with sweetening tea, drizzling on yogurt or soothing sore throats, the sweet nectar is actually useful for many other reasons, including being a great, natural product to use in your everyday beauty routine. September is National Honey Month, so consider introducing honey to your routine to see what a difference it can make. With natural properties that help retain moisture and a number of antioxidants that help improve skin, the benefits of using honey every day are numerous. Here are a few ways to incorporate honey into your daily regimen.
Use a honey exfoliating scrub
Using an exfoliant every week is a great way to keep skin looking fresh and clear, but buying commercial exfoliating scrubs can get expensive. Instead of purchasing a tub of sugar scrub, consider making your own using honey. This recipe is a homemade honey lemon sugar scrub from the ï¿½Living Chic on the Cheapï¿½ blog that is simple to make and typically costs only $2 a jar, depending on how many ingredients you already have. Here is what you need:
2 cups of raw sugar
2-3 tablespoons of honey
1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil
The juice from one lemon
Making this recipe is as easy as it can be. Simply combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Then, store it in a container. This recipe makes enough scrub to fill one regular-sized mason jar and can be used as frequently or infrequently as desired.
Make your hair shine
Achieving shiny, voluminous and soft hair can be difficult. Using honey in a two-ingredient hair mask can make your hair shinier and fuller than ever. Because of honeyï¿½s natural moisture-absorbing properties, this mask from LivingPrettyNaturally.com allows hair to retain its luster and stay hydrated, fighting off the effects of heating instruments such as hair straighteners and curling irons. Just follow this recipe:
1 tbsp organic coconut oil
1 tbsp organic raw honey
Combine the coconut oil and honey in a mixing bowl then transfer the mixture into a small sauce pan. Heat the mixture on low and stir until smooth. Split wet hair into sections and apply mixture to each section. Then, pull your hair into a bun and cover your head with the shower cap. Allow the mask to soak for 30-40 minutes, then wash your hair as you normally would, using your regular shampoo and conditioner.
Improve your skin
Everyone has bad skin days from time to time. Whether these days are caused by a change in hormones or increased stress, it can be difficult to feel great about yourself when they occur. To battle bad skin days, consider including a skin brightening and tightening mask that uses honey. This mask from ï¿½The Kitchen McCabeï¿½ blog is an easy, homemade skin treatment that will help skin look and feel better in a matter of days. The ingredients are as follows:
1 egg white
1/2 tablespoon raw honey
1/2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Put all ingredients in a bowl and whip them briskly with a fork until the mixture is foamy. Once foamy, use your fingers to spread the mixture on your freshly washed face, avoiding the eye area. Leave the mask on for about 30 minutes until it has completely dried and feels tight on your skin. Then, gently rinse the mask off with a washcloth soaked in warm water. After the mask is removed completely, splash your face with very cold water and pat it dry gently. This mask is sure to leave skin feeling great. Bear in mind that those with egg allergies should look for a recipe that omits eggs to prevent an allergic reaction.
Honey does more than sweeten your tea or coffee in the morning; it can help you start the day with glowing skin and fully, shiny hair.