God has given us lots of natural resources to benefit us. Honey is one of them. Honey is not only good for our body if it is consumed as a food but it is also beneficial if you use it as a skin care product.
The Legendary Queen of Egypt was known for her exquisite complexion. One of her secret beauty treatments, the milk and honey bath are still being used today.
One of the main ingredients, Milk, contains lactic acid, which helps to exfoliate your skin. The lactic acid in milk is an alpha hydroxy acid, which helps to cleanse the deepest layers of the skin.
Honey has an abundance of health properties. First of all, it is composed of sugars like glucose and fructose so it is also a gentle alpha hydroxy acid. Its made up of both minerals and vitamins to help nourish and heal the skin. Since it also contains phytochemicals that kill viruses, bacteria, and fungus, its has a natural anti-inflammatory effect which heals wounds quickly. This makes honey a good substitute for wound dressings.
Honey in skin lotions
For some its just for the comfort level. They have dry skin or mild sunburn. This can be as simple as revitalizing the skin after washing the dishes. Others may have a more serious condition such as cracks in the skin of the feet or hands, acne, psoriasis or eczema. There are an endless number of skin creams and lotions available in the market depending on what the problem is that you are trying to solve.
We all know the benefits of Aloe Vera and Vitamin E but how often do you hear of honey being used to rejuvenate or repair skin.
Honey by itself is an amazing gift of nature. It is wonderfully therapeutic when taken internally. A large portion of honey is made up of protein, with other nutrients, including carbohydrates, minerals, B complex vitamins (including bioflavonoids), and vitamins C, D and E. It has been used for centuries to promote internal and external healing. Used as a food it can give you energy.
Externally, it can be particularly useful. For starters it is a natural antiseptic. It also has anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties. Another characteristic of honey is that it will attract and retain moisture. It also acts as an anti-oxidant.
Now odds are that most people are not going to walk around with raw honey coated on their face or hands. – But would be happy with a non-greasy lotion or skin cream.
For dry skin or sunburn a lotion with honey would act as a natural moisturizer. For mild blemishes such as acne or small sores the anti-bacterial characteristics would again promote healing. With something like cracked skin in the hands or feet these areas can have very minor bacterial infections keeping them from healing a honey lotion can help kill off infection and again promote healing.
Putting raw honey on an open wound probably be better that applying hydrogen peroxide. Honey has hydrogen peroxide in it along with the other goodies. It will not only kill germs but promote healing.
So, including honey in a skin lotion will help moisturize, inhibit bacterial growth, help fight viral infection and can be helpful as an anti-inflammatory. With its many nutrients the addition of honey will help clear up minor blemishes such as acne or cracked dry skin like some people get on the heels of their feet or their hands and fingers. And most importantly, it is non-greasy!
But for those of you who don’t mind coating face and hands with honey, enjoy this Cleopatra recipe with the 2 main ingredients found in her ancient beauty secrets.
Cleopatra Honey & Milk Bath
- 1/2 Cup Powdered Milk
- 1/2 Cup Raw Honey
- 2 teaspoon Jojoba Oil (optional)
Mix ingredients in a large bowl and pour your warm bath. Soak for up to 20 minutes to infuse these beneficial ingredients in your skin. This recipe makes enough for one bath.
Milk & Honey Rinse for Wrinkled Skin
- 1 oz raw honey
- 1 Cup skim milk
- 2 teaspoons aloe vera gel
Combine ingredients in a jar and shake well. Apply to your face morning and evening with a cotton ball. Store mixture in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.
Hundreds of years ago, Cleopatra discovered that milk and honey can help keep the skin youthful, soft and beautiful. Incorporating these 2 beauty recipes in your daily regime will help you to also experience healthy, vibrant, and ageless skin. Milk and Honey is readily available at your local grocer and is an inexpensive way to improve your skin.