The Surprising Beauty Benefits of Honey

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Legend has it that Cleopatra bathed in milk and honey. If it was good enough for Cleopatra, reason dictates that there must be some fantastic beauty benefits to honey. Honey, in fact, is a natural humectant meaning it draws water to the skin so it’s awesome this time of year when skin tends to be dry. It also has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties, which makes it a key ingredient in many acne-fighting products – but it can also work great on its own; just wet your fingers and massage a tablespoon or two on your face. After about five minutes, wash it off and follow up with your favorite moisturizer. Alternatively you can mix honey with brown sugar, olive oil, and lemon juice to turn it into a scrub.

Honey has also been proven effective when it comes to treating scars and burns because of its skin-calming abilities. Apply raw honey on your scar or burn area and let it sit for a few hours (you can even sleep with it on). Aside from using honey on its own, honey is a great ingredient to look for when you’re shopping for hair masks as the ingredient will help to both condition and add shine to your strands. Lastly…eat honey! It has anti-inflammatory benefits – especially Manuka honey, which is the most popular one for medicinal use. Just mix some with hot water or tea (in moderation, of course).

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