Every time you are strolling down a grocery store’s aisle, do not forget to add honey to your cart as there are number of magical effects of honey on skin and hair. This golden, brown, all natural ingredient is so much more than just a sweetener. Made by the alchemy of bees collecting nectar from pollen and resin from flowers, it is not only a natural moisturizer but also an anti aging and an anti bacterial in itself. Since ancient times, honey has been used as a remedy for sunburn. Its healing and anti-inflammatory properties help in healing of the overheated skin by hydrating and soothing it.
Effects Of Honey On Skin
1. Honey can be used as a moisturizing mask in winters and when the skin cracks because of dryness; it is a natural ’humectant’ meaning it absorbs moisture from the environment adding it to the skin. Honey mask prevents water loss from skin thus, retaining moisture down to the deepest layers, hydrating them. This adds a much desired, glossy sheen to the skin.
2. The presence of enzymes (are catalysts that have the ability to speed up a chemical reaction) like invertase, diastase and glucose oxidase in honey make it a superb cleanser for pores. The glucose oxidase enzyme, an active ingredient of honey, is able to generate hydrogen peroxide and gluconic acid which impart the anti bacterial properties to honey. Therefore, after a dusty, dry day, a honey massage will help u keep black heads and pimples at bay, pores clean and your skin clear. Here is a tip: Mix honey with coconut oil and apply this mixture to your skin with finger tips in a circular motion. Rinse with tepid water after five minutes. Do this twice after a dusty day.
3. According to research, the low pH (acidity) and anti-microbial properties of honey make it an excellent healing agent for bed sores and burn wounds.
4. The remarkable anti oxidant properties of honey make it very useful as an Anti aging trick. Applying it to the not-so-attractive wrinkles around the side of your eyes or lips will make your wrinkles disappear and tighten your skin making it look younger and smoother. This anti oxidant property also makes it a quick skin exfoliator. Honey when mixed with baking soda and massaged on the skin; the active enzymes in it remove the uppermost dead layer of your skin allowing new cells to emerge for a radiant complexion.
5. Honey has De-pigmenting and Anti-inflammatory properties that help heal and fade old scars. It also increases healing by reducing tissue regeneration time. Red marks due to breaking of your skin can be immediately rectified by applying a dab of honey to them. Its anti-inflammatory effect will calm irritation and prevent rashes.
6. Massaging a concoction of honey and olive oil into your skin will increase blood circulation that aids skin recovery by increasing its cell turnover.
Effects Of Honey On Hairs
7. Honeys’ moisturising property really helps with dry damaged hair. Are you tired of switching shampoos and hair oils? Just steam your hair with a mixture of honey and coconut oil on it for ten minutes. This hydrates your hair from root to the tip preventing split ends and breakage, adding lustre to dry hair.
8. Honey helps hair grow longer by nourishing their roots. It contains a variety of minerals like iron, copper, magnesium, phosphorus and zinc as well as vitamin B6, thiamine and niacin. These are essential nutrients needed for hair growth that may be unavailable to our body otherwise.
9. Honey contains a chemical called ‘hydrogen peroxide’ which is used as an oxidising agent in manufacturing several hair dyes. Honey can therefore be used to lighten your hair colour naturally, then why go for the artificial means when nature provides you with such wonderful alternatives?
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food;” Says Hippocrates.
At the end of a hot, sweaty, dusty day a mask of honey is just what your skin needs.