Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Honey of a Skin Care Idea... LOL

Recently I've been reading a lot of info on using honey for skin care. If you read my blog often you will have noticed another post on using coconut oil for skin care and beauty. This follows along the same path, using natural products to aid in skin care as opposed to using all chemical treatments. Now don't get me wrong I'm not throwing all my other products away for what I can find at the grocery store, but I am searching for things from nature that can aid in beautiful skin.

Honey has an ability to retain moisture, which is why if is often found in products meant to bring moisture to the skin. It also is an antioxidant as well it has anti-microbial properties making it a perfect addition to your skin care routine. Whether you need moisture, want to stop irritation or mild acne, honey could be just the thing you have been looking for.

Below is a small list of recipes starring honey... give some of them a try!! (Please note that before using any product you should consult a physician, just in case of sensitivity)

Honey-Oats Face Scrub:

Combine 1 tablespoon honey, 1 tablespoon finely-ground almonds, 2 tablespoons dry oatmeal, and some lemon juice or yogurt to a luxurious and exfoliating facial scrub. Massage mixture gently onto face, then rinse with warm water.

Soothing Skin Clarifier (for minor acne flare-ups)

Mix 1/2 cup warm water with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Using a cotton ball, apply directly to blemish. Maintain pressure with cotton ball for several minutes, to soften blemish. Using a cotton swab, dab honey on blemish; leave on 10 minutes. Rinse and pat dry.

Hair Conditioner

Mix 1/2 cup honey with 1/4 cup olive oil. (Use 2 tablespoons oil for normal to oily hair.) Using a small amount at a time, work mixture through hair until coated. Cover hair with a shower cap; leave on 30 minutes. Remove shower cap; shampoo well and rinse. Dry as normal.

Hot Honey Bath

Perhaps the easiest beauty recipe related to honey and skin care -- Add 1/4 cup of honey to your hot bath water for silky and luscious skin.

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