Legend has it that honey was Cleopatra’s preferred weapon in her beauty arsenal, and now science is catching up to what many women have known for years.

Honey is known as liquid gold and its dates back 8000 years, as shown in the rock paintings of Valencia, Spain and has been used for centuries to heal wounds and for skin care. The powerful antioxidant, antiseptic and antibacterial properties of honey makes it a perfect “alternate medicine” and its mention has been made in ancient Hindu, Greek, Roman, Islamic and Christian culture.

It has tons of skin and hair benefits too. Made by the alchemy of bees collecting nectar, pollen, and resins from flowers, honey can help moisturize, fight aging, and fight bacteria. Plus, it’s loaded with nutrients, antioxidants, and healing compounds. Uses include:

Gentle Exfoliator
Honey is loaded with antioxidants, enzymes, and other nutrients that nourish, cleanse, and hydrate skin. Baking soda, meanwhile, is a gentle natural exfoliator that removes dead skin cells, allowing new cells to emerge for a radiant complexion.

Natural Moisturizer

Honey has the capacity to absorb and retain moisture effectively making it the perfect natural remedy for dry skin. Application of honey helps in hydrating and rejuvenating damaged skin cells. It helps in softening dry, flaky and chapped skin and adding a natural glow to skin. The best way to use honey for moisturizing dry skin is to mix 1 teaspoon of honey with 1 tablespoon of milk and massage it on clean face, let it stay for 30 minutes and wash off with water.

Anti Aging Properties

Honey also functions as an effective remedy for wrinkles and fine lines. It is a rich source of antioxidants and flavonoids that neutralizes the cell damage caused by free radicals and oxidative stress- two of the major reasons for premature skin aging. Take a tea spoon of honey on your palms and massage it on clean face for 5 minutes, leave on for 20 minutes and wash off with water. Repeat it on a daily to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and crow’s feet.

Acne Treatment
Honey contains antibacterial and antifungal properties that thwart bacteria that can lead to breakouts. Its anti-inflammatory properties will calm redness and irritation.

Bath Soak
Honey’s not just hydrating; its antioxidants will repair skin and protect it against oxidative and environmental damage.

Hair Conditioner
The enzymes and nutrients in raw honey give dull hair shine without weighing it down. Coconut oil penetrates the hair shaft to condition and smooth the cuticle and give your strands the luster you crave.

Scar Fader
Honey is said to lighten skin, and its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial compounds help to decrease the appearances of scars and increase healing and tissue regeneration. The hydrating properties of honey andcoconut oil or olive oil will also help revive skin cells, while regular, gentle massaging will increase circulation to aid skin recovery and cell turnover.

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