Cold and blustery winter air can leave one’s skin dry, chapped and itchy. If you’re looking for an all-natural ingredient to use that will banish these symptoms, honey is a wonderfully effective hydrator. It works by first attracting water to your skin cells and then sealing in the badly needed moisture. Because it is also chock full of antioxidants it is also good for pampering aging skin. Its antibacterial properties make it surprisingly effective at treating and preventing skin blemishes such as acne. Honey also helps to clarify skin by opening and unclogging pores.
Four Ways Honey Can Help Heal Your Skin
Blemish-Fighting: Honey’s naturally antibacterial properties help treat and prevent acne
Age Reversing: Full of antioxidants, honey can help older skin look and feel healthier
Complexion Boost: Honey’s moisturizing ability imparts a glow to complexions
Healthy Pores: Honey can purify and calm skin as it helps to unclog pores
Below are two very simple Do It Yourself skin care recipes to help baby your skin this winter.
Simple Honey Mask
This couldn’t be easier…just apply a thin layer of honey to freshly washed skin using a circular motion. Leave the honey on for at least 15 minutes. To easily remove the honey, apply a small amount of coconut oil to the top of it and gently massage it into the skin. The oil will aid in the honey’s removal and add another layer of moisturizing. Rinse with lukewarm water. Skin will feel softer and more hydrated.
Gentle Honey Exfoliator
Use honey to help exfoliate your skin once a week during winter to remove dry, flaky skin cells. Mix two parts honey with one part baking soda. Apply to face and gently massage into skin before rinsing off with cool water. This recipe, while designed to be mild enough for the tender skin of the face is also quite effective on arms, legs and feet. Skin will be smoother and less itchy.