By Sumaiyya Naseem
Honey is a pantry staple in Saudi Arabian homes. We love it in the sweetness on our Kunafas, in our cups of tea and spread on pancakes. But honey is more than just food.
Honey is excellent for skincare. Here are some skincare remedies that use honey:
1. Skin Moisturizer
Wash your face with warm water, pat it dry with a clean face towel and then massage 1-2 teaspoons of honey on to your dry skin. Rinse off with lukewarm water after 15-20 minutes.
2. Skin Purifier
Honey is rich in antioxidants and enzymes that nourish and purify the skin. Baking soda naturally exfoliates the skin by removing dead skin cells and helping in the rejuvenation of new skin cells. Mix two tablespoons of honey and one tablespoon of baking soda. Massage the paste onto your skin in circular motion. Rinse off with cold water.
3. Acne Fighter
If you suffer from acne, then we have great news for you! The anti-fungal and anti-bacterial components of honey fight the bacteria and fungi that cause acne. Simply dab fresh honey on the infected areas on a regular basis. Rinse off after 15-20 minutes with cool water.
4. Sunburn Recovery
The heat n this part of the world is cruel, to say the least. We often get sunburn if we stay out for too long. Honey contains hydrating agents whereas aloe vera is great for anti-inflammatory action which will calm the sunburn skin. Mix one part honey and two parts aloe vera in a bowl. Apply it to the affected areas and rinse off after half an hour.
5. Facial Scrub
Cleanse and purify your skin by combining two tablespoons of honey with two tablespoons of oats. You can add more honey or oats to get the desirable consistency. Massage this paste onto your face and neck. You could add a little lemon and a tablespoon of ground almond to get a more exfoliating scrub.
6. Anti-Aging Face Mask
Add two tablespoons of honey to three tablespoons of mashed avocados. Apply the paste to your face and neck. Massage in circular motions while applying and before rinsing off the face mask. Both elements have anti-aging and skin-tightening properties. The mask is also known to lighten the skin color.