Now that you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you have probably become more conscious about what you eat. Since the skin absorbs what we put on it, you may have also begun to search for natural alternatives for your beauty regimen.
If you are looking for an organic nutritional powerhouse for your skin, look no further than your kitchen cabinet. Science is finally backing up the long list of claims regarding the beneficial properties of honey for health and skincare.
Honey naturally contains a wide array of vitamins and minerals, including niacin, riboflavin, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and zinc. It also contains antioxidants that could potentially help battle the signs of aging in your body.
Externally it can be used as a natural antibiotic on burns or wounds, and it is an amazing natural acne treatment! Honey will reportedly help clear your skin if your acne is from bacterial problems, but if your acne is from hormones, irritation, or any other cause, then it may help soothe existing breakouts and heal irritated skin, which could help improve your complexion. If you are allergic to honey or bees, or have extremely sensitive skin, you may want to check first with your healthcare provider.
There are different types of honey. Raw honey is definitely the best and produce better results than the regular honey which is found in the shops. Raw honey looks different because it is unfiltered, thicker and has an opaque color. Raw honey has not been boiled therefore it solidifies at room temperature. It has a much higher proportion of beneficial enzymes, which are easily denatured when boiled.
Homemade Honey Cleanser: At night, wet your face and smear half a teaspoon of honey on your face. Rinse with warm water. Pat dry and apply your moisturizer. Honey acts as a humectant, which means it helps keep your skin moisturized, therefore those with oily skin may not need to include a moisturizer.
Scrub : Mix half a teaspoon of raw honey with ¼ teaspoon of turmeric or cinnamon. Rub onto your face and then rinse with warm water. You can vary the turmeric for different scrub ingredients – use bicarbonate of soda for a clarifying facial scrub. Swap it with brown sugar for an exfoliating body scrub.
Face Mask: Mix raw honey with an egg white. Apply on the face and leave for 10 minutes to dry. Wash with warm water. Alternatively mix oatmeal with honey for a dry skin moisture mask. Add honey to Greek yoghurt or Maziwa Lala for a brightening face mask.