Looking for a cost-effective way to minimize those wrinkles and slow down the aging process? Honey is a natural anti-aging skincare treatment.
Natural Anti-Aging Skincare Treatment
It may be as close as your kitchen pantry.
Honey is one of the oldest sweeteners and health foods, dating as far back as 5500 B.C. But it is also a great natural anti-aging skincare product. In fact, legendary beauty Cleopatra used raw honey as part of her secret skin and hair care treatment to help keep her looking youthful.
Honey Has Unique Properties
In recent years, scientists have noted that honey has unique antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties which have actually been shown to help wounds heal and that honey applied topically or in bandage dressings may be effective in helping prevent skin infections following certain types of surgery.
Honey has been shown to contain over 600 different compounds – 17 different carbohydrates, 12 different vitamins and 18 different amino acids. In addition, it also contains multiple antioxidants and flavonoids that may function as antibacterial agents.
Honey Helps Retain Moisture
Honey is a humectant which means it helps absorb and retain moisture.
So, it is able to help rebuild the moisture level in skin without making it oily and can serve as a natural moisturizer for dry skin. It is also very gentle and non-irritating to the skin. That is why honey is a popular anti-aging skin ingredient in many commercial skincare products such as lip ointments, skin moisturizers, cleansers, creams, shower gels, shampoos and conditioners.
Do-it-yourself Honey Face Mask
Retaining moisture is important for the skin to maintain its softness, suppleness and elasticity. Unfortunately, the drying effects of cold weather and the damaging effects of the sun can take their toll on our skin and cause it to look dull, blotchy and wrinkled.
Face masks can be used for a variety of special functions such as hydrating dry and irritated skin.
It is a very simple natural beauty recipe: only one ingredient – raw honey or Manuka Honey from New Zealand. Many of the cheaper honeys in the grocery store are processed and the enzymes and other nutrients have been stripped away, leaving just the sugars. They may taste good, but are not nutritious for your skin.
Honey is very mild, so most people (even those with sensitive skin) are able use it. Here is an effective do-it-yourself honey face mask for anti-aging skincare:
- Dampen a washcloth with warm water to wet your face.
2. Scoop approximately 1 teaspoon of raw honey into the palm of your hand.
3. Apply honey to your face using the fingertips of the opposite hand. Apply it in small circles, massaging all across forehead, cheeks, nose and chin.
4. Leave honey on your face for 20 minutes.
5. Rinse face with water and dab dry with a clean washcloth as needed. Proceed with your usual routine. Repeat as often as necessary.
You can do this once a week as your own natural anti-aging treatment to help moisturize and rejuvenate your skin.