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8 Ways to Use Honey For Radiating Bridal Skin and Shiny Hair

August 9, 2021

Skincare and haircare are something that no one can live without. Skin is our body’s most delicate part and it is exposed to every kind of atmosphere; sun, rain, wind, dust, pollution; etc. Same with our hair too. With our day-to-day lifestyle like hectic schedules, irregular eating habits, inadequate sleep; getting flawless skin and shiny strong hair is next to impossible. While there are many products for skincare and beauty out there in the market, nothing surpasses the goodness and wholesomeness of home remedies. Just think about this, if we would have listened to our mother and grandma’s tips for skincare and haircare while growing up, we all would have flawless skin and lustrously shiny hair that we all desire without using any market products. From potato and papaya peels to lemon juice, from onion juice to fenugreek seeds paste, using home remedies is one of the best and most affordable ways of getting smooth skin and shiny hair. 

Best Beauty Uses for Honey

Honey is one of the most nutritionally rich natural products and is extremely beneficial for both skin and hair. It has healing antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties which help with skin issues such as acne, pimples, and uneven skin tone. The natural antibacterial and probiotic properties of honey help remove impurities without stripping hair and skin of its natural oils. It also helps in keeping the scalp healthy and the hair follicles clear, encouraging healthy hair growth.

Let us help you with some tips on how to make honey a part of your day-to-day skin care and hair care regime. 

1. Moisturize

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Honey is extremely moisturizing for our skin. It contains enzymes that make the honey gets absorbed easily by the skin and condition the skin deeply and makes it softer and more supple.

How to use it?

1. Try applying raw honey directly on the skin and leave it for 20 minutes maximum.

2. After keeping it for 20 minutes, rinse and massage your face thoroughly with water.

3. You can use lukewarm water also to wash your face.

It also penetrates deep inside your skin to give long-lasting hydration. You can use honey in your bath to get a boost of antioxidants. It will give you a refreshing feeling like your skin will be hydrated and repaired. Just add two tablespoons of raw honey in a bowl of hot water and mix it well and add it to your bathtub filled with warm water. 

2. Fights Acne

As we discussed earlier, honey is a natural antibacterial and has antifungal properties, so it prevents the bacterial buildup that breaks out in acne on your face. It helps to minimize the redness and irritation caused by acne.

How to use it?

1. Just apply raw honey to the affected area

2. Leave it for 10-15 minutes before washing it off with lukewarm water

3. Hydrating Hair Mask

If you have curly frizzy hair which is dry or damaged and cannot hold onto moisture for long, honey will help your hair to smoothen out and give it a glow.

How to use it?

1. In a small bowl, mix half a cup of honey and one-fourth cup of olive oil.

2. Microwave the mixture for a few seconds and apply it to your dry hair from scalp to ends (You do not want the mixture to be cold or extremely hot, just a bit warm)

3. Leave on for around 10-20 minutes and then rinse your hair well with shampoo.

Olive oil helps smoothen out hair and fights frizziness. So, you can use this after your big day is over. After so many products being used on your hair for styling, even your hair needs some hydration and by using this you are avoiding chemicals too. 

4. Bid Farewell to Clogged Pores

Clogged pores are the biggest reason for all the breakouts on your face like acne, pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads. You do not want a breakout on your wedding day and it is better if you avoid using chemical products. Even after the wedding, your skin wants some relaxation from all the makeup and creams used on it. So many products used regularly can block your pores. Honey works as a good pore cleanser.

How to use it?

1. To get rid of clogged pores try mixing red clay powder, orange peel powder, turmeric powder, rose water with honey.

2. Take one tablespoon of each ingredient and prepare a smooth paste.

3. Apply it all over your face and neck and leave it for 20 minutes.

4. Wash your face with lukewarm water and splash some cold water on your face at the end. 

5. Get Rid of Itchy Scalp

Are you suffering from an itchy scalp which is making your scalp dry and is sucking all the natural oils which are then making your hair dry too and you do not have time to go to the salon for a treatment? Don’t worry, here is the situation when home remedies come in handy. You can use this remedy on your D-day, before going for a bath. 

How to use it?

1. Take a bowl, make a puree of half a cup of honey, two ripe bananas, and half a cup of olive oil.

2. Apply this mixture to your dry scalp and hair to the ends properly.

3. Massage your scalp for few minutes and leave it for at least 10 minutes.

4. Rinse it off properly and then apply your shampoo.

Banana is rich in potassium, vitamins, and natural oils. The mixture will help you regain your soft hair back and get rid of the dryness and itchiness. It will give a volumizing effect on your hair.  

6. Exfoliate

You can use honey as an exfoliator. It helps in getting rid of dead skin cells. It is said that raw honey crystallizes over time and those tiny granules of honey act as a gentle exfoliant. The honey starts to break down when coming in contact with water or the heat of your skin turning it into a gentler scrub. Try it every day to get a smooth and even skin texture.

How to use it?

1. Before applying, warm the honey by rubbing it between your palms

2. Then apply it to your face in circular motions.

3. Leave it for few minutes before washing it off with lukewarm water or wiping it away with a wet towel.

4. Another method is to mix two tablespoons of honey with one tablespoon of baking soda. Apply this mixture to your face and neck in circular motions. Rinse your face with lukewarm water and pat dry. 

7. Lip Moisturizer

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Already it is being mentioned everywhere that whatever works for your skin to keep it hydrated and moisturized will work for the lips too.

How to use it?

1. Apply raw honey directly to your lips

2. Leave it for few minutes and then wash it off to get rid of dry chapped lips.

You can include this process in your daily skincare routine, it will help your lips to keep hydrated and not look dry. 

8. Treats Sunburn

If you have planned for a day wedding. Honey can be included in your skincare routine as a solution for sunburns. As mentioned we know that honey contains anti-inflammatory properties which help to cool down the exposed skin area to the sun.

How to use it?

1. Mix honey with aloe vera gel and apply it to the affected or exposed area to calm ad hydrate your skin.

2. Leave it for 20 minutes and then rinse it off.

You do not want to carry the sunburnt scar with you for the rest of the wedding and the outfits you have decided on cannot be changed at the last minute. So, make this gel beforehand to avoid any mishaps with your skin. 

Conclusion

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So, now we know that honey is not just to add sweetness to your food but can also be used for your DIY skincare and haircare remedies. Honey is a natural humectant and emollient. Humectants bind with water molecules to increase the water content of your skin and hair, while emollients build a protective layer that prevents moisture from escaping. Together they deeply moisturize the skin as well as soften and smooth the hair from roots to ends.

Honey is full of antioxidants that supply essential nutrients to the tissues that support skin elasticity and hair strength. Honey’s anti-inflammatory properties encourage the skin’s natural rejuvenation process, giving you a more youthful glow. When it comes to skincare try to use raw honey and check the appearance of the product. Also, as mentioned raw honey tends to crystalize faster compared to regular honey. So you need to put the container in warm water before using it and this way you will be able to identify whether it is regular or raw honey. Always do a patch test before using the recommended ways to make sure it suits you. Never apply directly and especially when it is your special day you do not want to end up with another reaction from the mixture. Though honey is known as a safe ingredient for skin, raw and unadulterated honey may cause an allergic reaction to someone who is allergic to pollen and bee venom. 

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Written By: Gayatri Guha

Photo Sourced & Edited By: Neha Garg Ahuja

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