By now you may already know that eating natural, raw honey can have a number of health benefits including relief from allergies and inflammation. But you may not realize that the many nutrients and antioxidants in honey can also be good for the health of your skin! By making your own honey-based topical ointments, you can moisturize, exfoliate and more. Today we’ll show you how.
You can create a simple moisturizing mask by spreading one teaspoon of raw honey on clean, dry skin and letting it sit for about 15-20 minutes. Honey is a natural humectant, which means that it will draw ambient moisture from the air into your skin. Once you’re done moisturizing, simply rinse with warm water and towel your skin dry.
You can make your own gentle exfoliating scrub by mixing two tablespoons of honey with one tablespoon of baking soda. The natural antioxidants and enzymes in honey coupled with the gentle abrasive action of baking soda will remove dead cells and refresh your skin. Just splash a little water on your skin, rub the mixture on your face in small circular motions, and rinse when you’re done.
A mixture of raw honey and coconut oil is great for clogged pores. The enzymes in the honey will help to clear pores while the antibacterial properties of coconut oil can prevent future breakouts. Just blend one tablespoon of raw honey with two tablespoons of coconut oil until the mixture is soft and spreadable. Massage the ointment gently into your skin, and then rinse with warm water.
Honey can even help to combat the bacteria that cause acne breakouts. Its anti-inflammatory properties can also help to relieve damaged skin after a breakout. Just dab raw honey on the affected areas, let it sit for about 15 minutes, and rinse with warm water. Before too long, you should see a noticeable improvement in the health of your skin.