Honey is a sweet nectar produced by bees that contains essential nutrients and has a host of health benefits. It is an ancient remedy for many diseases and conditions as well, including skin problems. Honey is a great and easy fix for tanning, acne, dry hair and dandruff and other everyday beauty problems.
Honey possesses powerful antibacterial, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties which can significantly improve the quality and condition of your skin. Read on to see the top 10 beauty benefits of honey.
- Fades scars
No one likes scars, especially if they’re on a visible and exposed body part. Scars are ugly which is why everyone wants to get rid of them, and luckily, honey can help you in this case. While scars are not easy to eliminate, honey can lighten them and reduce their appearance.
Just mix an equal amount of honey and olive oil, then massage the scarred area for a minute or two in circular motion. Next, put a warm washcloth over the area and leave it until it cools down, then wipe the area with a cotton ball. Repeat the process twice a day until you see improvements.
- Treats psoriasis
Psoriasis is a long-lasting autoimmune disease which is characterized by patches of red, itchy and scaly skin. The condition is difficult to treat, but honey will reduce the symptoms and protect the skin from infections. According to a study published in Complementary Therapies in Medicine in 2003, topical application of high quality honey, beeswax and olive oil mixture can help reduce the symptoms of psoriasis vulgaris and dermatitis.
To treat psoriasis, mix a teaspoon of honey, beeswax and olive oil each, then melt the mixture in a microwave and let it cool down. Apply it on the affected areas a couple of times a day, and avoid picking the lesions during the treatment.
- Heals minor cuts and wounds
Honey is an effective antibacterial agent which can draw fluid away from the area and prevent infections. This will result in significantly reduced risk of infection. A study conducted in 2013 showed that honey is great as a topical treatment for minor wounds, but it’s not effective for chronic wounds. We recommend using Manuka honey for minor cuts and wounds.