Every September, we celebrate Honey Month, which is all about recognising just what those humble bumbles bees do! This promotional and celebratory month is backed by the National Honey Board in the USA to recognise and promote the beekeeping industry.
We absolutely love honey, as it is a natural humectant and can be used in so many ways to really up your beauty game.
We thought we’d put together this post to recommend you our favourite 5 ways to use natural, raw honey to help up your beauty game!
Why is honey so popular in the beauty industry?
Raw honey hasn’t been pasteurised or processed, so it maintains all of its best qualities. Honey comes with a whole host of health benefits such as being able to help with digestive issues, heal sore throats and has even been known tohelp increase athletic performance! However, it doesn’t need to be digested to provide benefits; it’s also extremely effective when applied topically… hence its popularity in the beauty industry.
Honey is packed with antioxidants and has great antibacterial/antifungal properties, which makes it fantastic for your skin. It’s also been used to heal wounds and even treat burns!
5 effective beauty treatments using honey
“With its moisturizing and soothing effects, raw honey can hydrate the skin, leaving it soft, radiant, and glowing,”
“The sugars in honey act as natural humectants and emollients that increase the water content and reduce dryness in the skin even after they have been washed off.”
There are so many face masks out there that promise the world, but we think there’s nothing simpler than applying raw honey directly to your skin! If you leave it for about 20 minutes before rinsing, you will notice how much smoother and richer in moisture your skin is!
The anti-bacterial qualities of honey really come into play when treating acne. Its anti-inflammatory properties can also help with the redness and swelling.
Apple the honey to the breakout areas in small doses and leave on for 15-20 minutes before washing off.
Just like the NHS article explaining the use of honey in the treatment of burns, honey can be used to help reduce the appearance of scars.
Dr. Weil M.D. suggests that honey helps remove the infected tissue, speeds up healing and helps stimulate new tissue growth.
Rub honey directly onto your scars in a circular motion for 1-2 minutes before rinsing off. Repeat as necessary.
Since honey is a natural conditioner, it makes sense that it would do wonders for your hair. Due to its anti-fungal properties, you can use it to aid an itchy scalp too!
However, we love to add a bit of honey and coconut oil to our shampoo, which leaves our strands feeling super soft, but also really shiny!
All the properties that we’ve mentioned that make honey amazing for skin and hair make it equally effective for chapped lips too! The weather is getting colder now, and a lot of lip balms just don’t cut it.
Try adding honey to your lips, leave on for a few minutes and rinse off. You will feel a world of difference!