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Honey Is A Sweet Treat For Skin

Cleopatra is said to have ruled Egypt with an iron fist. Apparently, it was also a smooth fist, since she was one of the more famous people in history to use honey for its skin-enhancing properties. In fact, Cleopatra's legendary milk and honey baths are just one of many historical examples of people using honey to pamper their complexions. While Cleopatra didn't know why honey softened her skin, new research suggests the queen of the Nile was definitely onto something.

Manufacturers have used honey in everything from hand lotions and moisturizers to bar soaps and bubble baths. One reason they use honey is for its wholesome, all-natural image; more and more consumers are demanding cosmetics and personal care products made from natural ingredients. In the case of honey, however, image is just the beginning.

First, honey is a humectant, which means it attracts and retains moisture. This makes honey a natural fit in a variety of moisturizing products including cleaners, creams, shampoos and conditioners. Honey also acts as an anti-irritant, making it suitable for sensitive skin and baby care products. Honey's prospects in skincare are looking even sweeter; research is currently underway to develop a process using honey to create alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs). AHAs are an important ingredient in many skin creams and moisturizers because they help exfoliate the skin. Increased exfoliation, or renewal of the skin cells, can give skin a younger, more vibrant look.

Look for honey in store-bought beauty products or try whipping up some simple beauty recipes yourself.

Historical Honey Beauty Secrets

  • Madame du Barry, the infamous last mistress of Louis XV, used honey as a form of facial mask, lying down for a rest while the honey did its work.
  • Cleopatra of Egypt regularly took honey and milk baths to maintain her youthful appearance.
  • It was said that Queen Anne of England used a honey and oil concoction to keep her long hair lustrous, thick and shiny.
  • It was claimed that another famous Englishwoman, Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough, used her own secret recipe for a honey water to keep her hair beautiful.
  • Chinese women have a tradition of using a blend of honey and ground orange seeds to keep their skin blemish-free.


Honey Cleansing Scrub:

Mix 1 tablespoon of honey with 2 tablespoons fiinely ground almonds and 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice. Rub gently onto face. Rinse off with warm water.

Firming & Moisturizing Face Mask:

Whisk together 1 tablespoon honey, 1 egg white, 1 teaspoon glycerine (available at drug and beauty stores ) and enough flour to form a paste (approximately 1/4 cup). Smooth over face and throat. Leave on 10 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.

Smoothing Skin Lotion:

Mix 1 teaspoon of honey with 1 teaspoon vegetable oil and 1/4 teaspoon l;emon juice. ub into hands, elbows, heels, and anywhere that feels dry. Leave on 10 minutes. Rinse off with water.



Yogurt-Honey Mask:

1 teaspoon yogurt, 1 teaspoon honey.. Mix the two ingredients together and apply to a clean, moist face. Pat this mask onto the skin for a moisturizing, penetrating, hydrating, soothing application that will also help to clear up skin problems.

Skin Softening Bath:

Add 1/4 cup honey to bath water for a fragrant, silky bath.

Hair Shine:

Stir 1 teaspoon honey into 4 cups (1 quart) warm water. Blondes may wish to add a squeeze of lemon. After shampooing, our mixture thru hair. Do not rinse out. Dry as normal.

Some of this material is courtesy of the National Honey Board

Updated January 1, 2017

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