Throughout the centuries, legendary beauties have used honey as part of their skin and hair care treatments. Cleopatra was famous for her milk and honey baths, and Poppea, wife of Roman Emperor Nero, used a honey and milk lotion on her face to keep her looking youthful. By the time cosmetics were beginning to be mass produced in the late 1800s, honey was a popular ingredient. Today, manufacturers are increasingly using honey in skin moisturisers, facial masks, hair conditioners and shower gels in response to consumer demand for more natural formulations. Here are three pure and natural recipes for implementing honey in your beauty routine.
Yoghurt and honey facial mask
Mix a couple of tablespoons of plain natural yoghurt with one tablespoon of honey and if you wish, throw in a couple of mashed grapes for a boost of antioxidants. The yoghurt and honey mix will help cleanse and moisturise your skin while the crushed grapes provide the antioxidants that help rejuvenate the skin, making it look radiant.
Egg and honey facial recipe
Honey is definitely beneficial for your skin as it helps moisturise the complexion leaving it looking and feeling soft and radiant. Mix a couple of tablespoons of honey with an egg yolk and a few drops of almond oil or olive oil and apply the mixture to your face and leave on for 15 minutes. Gently massage the mask in and rinse with warm water.
Sugar and honey scrub
For an exfoliator that can be used for both face and body, combine about six tablespoons of honey with two tablespoons of granulated white sugar and a few drops of coconut or olive oil. Rub in gently with your fingetips, using circular motions and rinse with warm water.