Raw honey has powerful antimicrobial and antiseptic properties, making it invaluable when it comes to healing cuts, scrapes, and abrasions. It also contains gluconic acid, which has been proven to even out blotchy skin tones, lighten age spots, reduce the appearance of scars, and brighten the complexion.
Using a honey facial twice per week can do wonders for your complexion. Below are 5 recipes for various skin types.
1 apple, peeled and cored
2 tablespoons raw honey
Process the apple in a food processor or blender. Stir in the honey and let sit in the refrigerator for roughly 10 minutes. Stir again, and gently pat the mixture onto your face. Keep tapping until the mixture feels tacky, and won't run off of your face. Leave this mask on for 30 minutes, then gently wash it off with warm water.
Apples contain gentle acids that help remove dead skin without irritation or excessive dryness, making it a great mask choice for normal skin.
2 tablespoons mashed avocado
2 tablespoons raw honey
1 egg yolk
Simply stir and mash all of the ingredients together in a bowl, or process them together in a blender or food processor until creamy. Apply the mask to your skin and leave it on for 30 minutes. gently rinse it away with warm water.
Eggs and avocado are loaded with fats, which will hydrate dry skin without leaving an oily sheen.
Tired, Dull Skin
6 ounces full-fat plain yogurt (Greek is best)
1 tablespoon finely crushed almonds
2 teaspoons raw honey
2 teaspoons wheat germ
Mix all ingredients together in a blender or bowl until smooth. Apply to the skin, and massage for a few minutes. Let the mixture sit for 20 minutes, then rinse away with warm water.
Almonds are a gentle exfoliant, which will buff away dry skin. Yogurt contains a very gentle form of lactic acid, which will brighten your complexion. Wheat germ is full of beneficial oils to help plump up fine lines.
5 tablespoons raw honey
Boil the carrots until they are soft. Smash them well with a fork, or puree in a blender. Stir in the honey and store in the refrigerator for 10 minutes. Stir again, and apply to the skin. Let this sit for 20 minutes, then rinse off with lukewarm water.
Carrots are high in vitamins A and C, which are both antioxidants. When combined with honey, they can help prevent acne and other blemishes associated with oily skin.
1/4 cup of cooked oatmeal
1/2 tablespoon raw honey
Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl, or puree with a blender. Massage into the skin for a minute or so, then let sit for 20 minutes. Rinse away with warm water.
Oats help to heal the skin due to their high mineral and vitamin content. Bananas contain high levels of vitamin A, and eggs are a natural source of an emollient known as lecithin.