Bring Out Natural Beauty with Honey Masks
Honey is not only a natural sweetening agent bees produce, but is also great for your skin. It was the ancient Greeks who were one of the first people in history to enjoy the beauty benefits of honey. They knew they were on to something good when they found that honey masks left the skin soft and young looking. We know now that honey is actually a humectant that attracts and retains moisture in the skin and makes it look elastic and supple.
With time, scientists discovered other benefits of honey; like it is a natural antibacterial and antiseptic agent and that it has amino acids and enzymes that can do wonders for your skin. It also offers a natural acne cure as it cleanses skin pores to prevent growth of microbes on the skin.
Honey is also a natural sunblock with antioxidant properties that effectively protect the skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays. In fact, the darker the honey, the more antioxidants it has.
So considering the fact that honey has so many skin-improving properties, there’s no point in spending money on expensive skin creams and moisturizers when there is a natural anti-aging component in your kitchen. The simple combination of honey with other natural skin-enhancing ingredients creates different types of honey masks you can use to treat skin problems like scars, acne and dark spots.
Different Honey Masks
As you can add anything to honey to create honey masks, there is more than one single recipe worth following. You just have to add ingredients like lemon, oatmeal, milk and anything naturally good for your skin to get cheap and natural honey masks.
Try combining a tablespoon of raw honey with 3 drops of lavender oil to make a mask to apply on your face for 15 minutes. This simple skin care regimen works wonders on your faces if done regularly.
If you have sensitive skin, make and use a honey mask comprising of half a tablespoon of raw honey, half a banana, quarter cup of oatmeal cooked with milk and egg.
Bad acne problems can be treated by making honey masks a part of your skin routine. Just mix two tablespoons of honey with an equal amount of milk and mix this with a lemon, a tablespoon of yogurt and some lukewarm water. Apply and leave this mixture on your face till it dries; if used regularly, you find that the honey mask effectively helps your acne clear up. All this is attributed to honey’s properties and cleansing elements of milk and lemon.
Another honey mask with tea tree oil also helps treat acne problems. All you have to do is add a few drops of tea tree oil to honey and apply to your skin. It is the antimicrobial, anti-fungal and antiseptic properties of tea tree oil and honey’s miraculous properties that help create a strong mask to treat your acne problem.
People suffering from redness, itchy skin and inflammation stand to benefit the most from honey masks made with aloe Vera, because of its great toning, smoothing, soothing and moisturizing effects. Just make a fresh honey mask with a teaspoon each of aloe Vera and honey every day and leave it on for 10 minutes. Used regularly, you are sure to find a marked improvement in your skin.
How to Make Honey Masks
For best results from honey masks, you have to prepare them fresh using organic ingredients. Use filtered honey for your masks as raw, unfiltered honey may contain pollen grains, dust and other foreign elements that harm your skin.
It’s better to first try your honey masks on a skin patch as some people do not take well to honey. Moreover, if you have sensitive skin, you don’t want your home-made mask to trigger an infection.
Though honey masks are great for the skin, they are not part of everyone’s beauty regimen mainly because some people don’t like sticky and messy honey masks. Moreover not many people have the patience to prepare fresh honey masks every day when they have to go out in a hurry.
However if you want to get rid of acne-prone skin and get soft and younger-looking skin, just make honey masks a part of your beauty regimen. The results you get make all your efforts well worth it.