Since Medieval Times, The Divine properties of honey have been known to Human species. Many cultures believed that honey has many practical Health uses. It has been used as a natural remedy for wounds and burns and was used to soothe a sore throat. In folk medicine, honey has been used to treat various ailments, including The Egyptians and Greeks' problems related to the alimentary canal.
Besides, honey has a significantly high amount of anti-oxidant and antibiotic properties. Experts claim that The Anti-oxidants present in honey can slow down skin aging i.e., protection from Wrinkles, Blocked Pores, and Dull skin. The Anti-Bacterial properties of honey are useful against Acne and another type of boils that may suddenly take the charm out of one's face.
Face-Mask made of honey?
Well, the face's skin is a lot different from the skin of the rest of the body. It is more oily, mostly uncovered, and highly susceptible to infections. The dust and pollution get trapped in the pores of facial skin when coming in contact with sebaceous secretions. Moreover, each individual has a different type of facial skin texture. So, there is no universal face-wash for everyone. One can only use powerful chemicals (facewash) for skin cleansing. Experts now comment that "using Face wash multiple times a day only causes harm by taking away the needed moisture and nutrients from the skin, leaving it cracked unhealthy."
What is to do then?
The answer lies in the ancient remedy of raw honey. A single teaspoon can do the job that many other expensive face washes can't. Here is a list of DIY homemade masks with the key ingredient as honey.
(1) Yogurt and Honey Face Mask - For Re-hydration
- 1 Tablespoon Of Manuka Honey
- 2 Tablespoons Of Plain Yogurt
DIY - Mix the above ingredients and apply them to the face directly. Let stay for 15-20 minutes. Clean with a warm washcloth.
(2) Honey and Patchouli Face Mask - For Cleansing
- 1 Tablespoon Of Honey
- 2-3 drops of Patchouli essential oil
DIY- Mix the above ingredients and apply to face using cotton. Let stay for 30 minutes. Clean with a damp cloth (warm).
(3) Honey and Avocado Face Mask - For Moisturizing
- 1 Tablespoon Of Manuka Honey
- 1/2 Ripen Avocado
DIY-Grind Avocado and mix with honey. Apply directly to face while gently massaging. Let dry for about 30 minutes and wash with warm water.
(4) Oatmeal and Honey Face Mask- For Ex-foliating
- 1 Tablespoon of Raw Honey
- 1 Tablespoon of finely ground Oatmeal
DIY-The oatmeal has to be ground finely for best results. Mix the ingredients thoroughly and apply on face, gently massage for 15-20 minutes before letting Saturday for another 15-30 minutes. For best results, apply at least 2-3 times a week. Use a warm washcloth to clean.
The Real Science Behind Skin Soothing Properties Of Honey.
Honey contains a hint of Vitamin B Riboflavin, Niacin, Folic Acid, Pantothenic Acid, and Vitamin B6. The primary type of Anti-oxidants present in Raw Honey is Flavonoids, of which Pinocembrin. These are the active ingredients that have anti-oxidative properties. These Anti-oxidants are only specific to honey. It is recommended to use darkest colored honey since, darker the honey, the amount of Anti-oxidants increases significantly.
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