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5 Sweet Beauty Uses for Honey

By Sydney Cook
Posted On Jun 13, 2016
5 Sweet Beauty Uses for Honey

 

Once again, there’s a super food to the rescue. If it isn’t an avocado saving our lives, it’s probably coconut oil. Those aside, the beauty world is now buzzing over honey-infused DIYs.

Honey – a sweet substance best known for flavoring your tea or baked goods, and even has a history of medicinal use. However, this saccharine food also makes a great addition to our beauty routines, and we’ve rounded up the top five ways to use this do-it-all product as a natural beautifier.

  1. Natural Exfoliator

Every woman’s dream is to have clear, blemish-free, healthy-looking skin, so if exfoliating can help us achieve these #beautygoals we’re all for it. There was once a time when we believed the “grit-is-good” philosophy. For some exfoliating involved a loofa, while others subscribed to the crushed-walnut scrub.

But with time, we’ve learned that removing dead skin doesn’t have to and shouldn’t be a rough experience. Mixing honey and baking soda creates a gentle exfoliator to achieve fresh, luminous skin without any harsh ingredients. Honey is packed with antioxidants, enzymes, and other nutrients that nourish, cleanse, and hydrate the skin. On the other hand, baking soda is a natural yet gentle exfoliator that removes dead skin cells, making way for new cells to produce a radiant complexion.

Mix two tablespoons of honey with one tablespoon of baking soda. Gently rub the mixture on your wet face (or body) in a circular motion, then rinse.

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Photo Credit: Shutterstock
  1. Mouthwash

Aside from the harsh, alcoholic ingredients in typical store-bought mouthwashes that put a sour taste in our minty-fresh breath, many of us are just sick and tired of the small selection there is at the grocery store. These, however, are not excuses to roam around with bad breath. Make your own honey mint flavored mouthwash before your very honest friend rats you out.

Mix water, raw honey, and your favorite minty essential oil to keep your breath under control. Here’s the full honey mint mouthwash recipe plus others.

  1. Lip Balm

Unlike mouthwash, when it comes to lip balm the options are endless. Many of our favorites fall on the humdrum side of the flavor spectrum including everything from mint and cherry to vanilla.

Escape into an unconventional scent option with a DIY honey rose petal lip balm. The honey in the mixture makes it the perfect moisturizer.

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Photo Credit: Shutterstock
  1. Acne Treatment

Tried every acne treatment in the face wash aisle at Target? It may take an all-natural route instead. Honey contains antibacterial and antifungal properties that stop breakout-causing bacteria. Also, its anti-inflammatory properties will calm any redness and irritation.

Simply apply a dab of raw honey to affected areas. Allow it to sit for 10-15 minutes, then rinse with warm water.

  1. Sunburn Treatment

For all the preaching we do about sun protection, sometimes we still find ourselves on the wrong end of sunburn. There are very few things in life more uncomfortable than lobster-red skin. So, we’re here to provide you some relief with this DIY honey and aloe sunburn treatment.

The sweet substance restores hydration to sun-exposed skin. Honey and aloe vera both contain powerful anti-inflammatories that calm burned skin and aid recovery.

Mix one part raw honey with two parts aloe vera gel and apply topically to sunburned skin.