A Natural Moisturizer
ability to stay hydrated is an important factor in its ability
to maintain softness, suppleness and elasticity. As skin ages,
or as it is exposed to environmental stresses and chemical agents,
it loses this ability to retain water, becomes dry and appears
wrinkled. Honey is a humectant, which means it attracts and retains
water. So honey is a natural fit for a variety of moisturizing
products including cleansers, creams, shampoos and conditioners.
Because honey is also an anti-irritant, it is suitable for sensitive
skin and baby care products.
cup honey to bath water for a fragrant, silky bath.
Stir 1 teaspoon
honey into 4 cups (1 quart) warm water. Blondes may wish to add
a squeeze of lemon. After shampooing, pour mixture through hair.
Do not rinse out. Dry as normal.
Alpha Hydroxy Acids
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,
gives skin a younger, more vibrant look. Exfoliation can also
cause skin irritation so honeys natural moisturizing ability
makes it a perfect fit for AHA products.
Mix 2 tablespoons honey with 2 teaspoons milk. Smooth over face
and throat. Leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.
Mix 1 teaspoon honey with 1 teaspoon vegetable oil and ¼
teaspoon lemon. Rub into hands, elbows, heels and anywhere that
feels dry. Leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse off with water.
Preliminary studies have also revealed that honey has significant
natural antioxidant properties. Antioxidants play a role in protecting
the skin from the damage of UV rays and in aiding in skin rejuvenation.
Prolonged exposure to the suns UV radiation can cause skin
damage, premature aging and even skin cancer. Because chemical
and physical barrier sunscreens can cause skin irritation, companies
are researching the use of antioxidants, anti-irritants and moisturizers
in their sun care products. The natural properties of honey make
it ideal for these products. Look for honey to appear in the
ingredient statements of more and more cosmetics, sunscreens
and skin care products.
Mix 1 tablespoon honey with 2 tablespoons finely ground almonds
and ½ teaspoon lemon juice. Rub gently onto face. Rinse
off with warm water.
Whisk together 1 tablespoon honey, 1 egg white, 1 teaspoon glycerin
and enough flour to form a paste. (Approximately ¼ cup).
Smooth over face and throat. Leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse off
with warm water.