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Beauty Tips for Honey

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author image Deila Taylor
Deila Taylor received a bachelor's degree in biochemistry from Occidental College with graduate work towards a Ph.D. in pharmacology and nutrition at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. Taylor has written for LoopLane, The Nutrition Counselor, Eve Out of the Garden and produces interviews for The Mormon Women Project. She is a member of the American Society for Nutrition.
Beauty Tips for Honey
Honey sweetens any woman's beauty regimen. Photo Credit honey image by Maria Brzostowska from Fotolia.com

Overview

Honey is a natural sweetener and beauty product. For centuries, women have used honey for skin and hair applications as part of their beauty routines. Cleopatra was known to use milk and honey for her complexion. Honey is a natural product that has beauty applications and is good for the environment.

Moisture Mask

Mix 2 tbsp. honey with 2 tsp. milk or cream. Smooth this mixture on your face and throat, leaving it on for 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water. Honey is a natural humectant, which means it attracts and retains water and moisture, according to the National Honey Board.

Skin Lotion

Mix together 2 tsp. honey, 2 tsp. olive oil and 1/2 tsp. lemon juice. Stir well and apply as a lotion on rough, dry skin areas of your body. After 10 minutes, rinse with warm water. Your skin will feel soft and moisturized.

Cleansing Scrub

Try a cleansing scrub to remove dead skin cells and get an over-all smooth feel. Mix 2 tbsp. honey with 4 tbsp. finely ground almonds, adding 1 tsp. lemon juice. Rub this gently onto your face and body. Rinse with warm water and towel dry. This mixture will exfoliate your skin and restore moisture.

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Bath

Add honey to your bath for a silky, smooth and fragrant soak. Turn the faucet on in your bath, and pour 1/4 cup honey into the warm bath water as it fills up. Soak for 30 minutes, and then dry off with a towel. Honey hydrates and leaves your skin feeling soft.

Hair Rinse

Combine 1 tsp. honey with 4 cups warm water to make a honey hair rinse. After shampoo, pour this mixture into your hair, saturating the strands. Leave in your hair without rinsing, and then dry as normal. The honey will leave hair shiny and smooth.

Hair Conditioner

Combine 1/2 cup honey with 2 tbsp. olive oil for normal to oily hair. If your hair is dry, use 1/4 cup oil. First, dampen hair with water. Next, use your hands to apply the honey mixture throughout your hair. Cover hair with a towel and leave on for 30 minutes. Shampoo, rinse and dry as normal. The honey will condition the hair, restoring body and moisture, according to the National Honey Board.

Just Honey

Honey can be used alone for a skin treatment that will bring a glow to your skin. For a facial, take 2 tbsp. honey and, using your fingers, pat it on your face. Continue to pat the honey over your skin until it gets very sticky and pulls the skin up a little. This helps the circulation and brings a glow to your skin. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.

Foot Bath

Try a foot spa treatment at home with honey. Mix 1 tbsp. honey, 1 tbsp. liquid soap, 2 tbsp. almond oil and 1 tsp. vanilla extract in a bowl. Fill up your foot bath with warm water, add this mixture and soak your feet for 10 minutes. The honey will soften and moisturize your feet, leaving them feeling refreshed. Honey has antibacterial properties, according to a study published March 2010 in the journal "Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology."

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