Ancient Beauty Secrets of Honey Revealed

 

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Guest blogger: Neena Vilas Talpade

I am standing near the window, enjoying my mug of lemon ginger honey tea, gazing at the small patch of greenery, quite rare in metros! The office music system is softly playing an old English song with its clichéd refrains of ‘Honey, honey’.

As I gaze at the trees outside, I observe a honey bee sizing up the window ledge for a prospective hive. Suddenly it clicks! Honey-that wonder of nature!

And I sit down to pen some of the ‘ ancient beauty secrets of honey’ revealed to us by our mums and grandmothers. A healthy mind in a healthy body.But equally- an enchanting appearance in a healthy body! And honey is truly one of the wonders of nature that does this.

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How honey benefits the ‘exterior’

Raw honey is chemical free and natural. It is a great friend of our skin in so many ways.

It prevents bacterial skin infections, including that bane of most women – acne;

It fast-tracks healing, including sunburn.

It has substantial skin-saving antioxidants, which deter aging, putting a halt to the ravages of time on our appearance.

Its silky, viscous texture that captures the moisture into the skin makes your skin as soft as a baby’s.

It is an excellent skin cleanser and exfoliates the skin. Who doesn’t want a soft, glowing complexion?!

It fades scars and can be used to lighten hair.

The humectant properties of honey help to moisturize hair. Besides, it is said to strengthen hair follicles. Result: A healthy head of hair.

It is a wonderful moisturizer that can even be used for cuticles, hair or…even the entire body.

 

Here’s a tried and tested fragrant, natural and ‘instant’ moisturizer, to use just before that special date:

Rose Water and Honey: Mix a teaspoonful of rose water with a teaspoonful of raw honey. Add a drop of jojoba oil or lavender oil. Mix it thoroughly. Dab it all over your face and lightly rub for about 15 minutes. Rinse it off with water. The glow will be visible even after the make-up!

Now let us turn to the ‘Interior’

Honey is nature’s energy booster that gives instant energy. Of course, we all love to see that ‘livewire’ bursting with life and energy!

It is an immunity builder.  Its antioxidant and anti-bacterial properties help improve the digestive system and helps in keeping healthy and fighting disease. And we do know the correlation between a healthy tummy and a healthy skin.

It is known to boost brain function, including cognition. And thus, enhancing one’s personality!

Well then, let’s see this traditional recipe, useful for skin, throat, etc.:

Turmeric Latte: Add  1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder to 3/4 cup milk. Boil. Allow to settle for a minute and strain. Add a teaspoonful raw honey. Sip while hot. (Licorice powder or root can be added while boiling to give a sweet, heady aroma!)

The alchemy by which flower nectar is made into honey by the ‘busy’ bee is truly amazing. No wonder then that ‘the beauty secrets of honey’- that sweet elixir, has excited the palates of humans since ancient times.

 

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HOME FACIAL IN 15-MINUTE FOR THE PARTY LOOK

 

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Would you like a superb trick for glowing soft skin when you have only half an hour to get ready for a party? There’s no time to go across to the stores or browse through a vast range of products. Besides, why spend a fortune when you can mix daily use-items from your own kitchen? Read on for a home facial that takes very little time but the effect is superlative.

There are four basic steps in a facial – cleansing, scrubbing, steaming and applying face mask. I have tried this home facial and it works. It is good for oily, combined and dry skin types. In fact, if you follow this procedure once a week, you won’t need to buy pricey beauty products ever again.

CLEANSE Take 2 teaspoons of lemon juice. With your fingers apply it gently all over the face and neck. Rinse if off.

SCRUB Mix together 1 tablespoon oil, 1 tablespoon grain sugar and 1 teaspoon of honey in a bowl. You can use olive oil, almond oil or coconut oil; whichever is readily available at home. The oil is a natural moisturiser, the grain sugar scrubs off the dead skin and honey is a natural bleaching agent.

There is a right way of doing things. Don’t take chances with your skin! A scrub should never be rubbed hard over the face even if you are in a hurry! Take a tablespoon of the mixture and rub it over the face and neck in a gentle circular motion, till it feels slightly dry on your fingertips. This should take about 2-3 minutes. Rinse it off with water.

STEAM No need to go purchasing or borrowing a steamer. Just dip a cotton hand towel in hot water and dab it gently over the face and neck. Repeat this for a couple of minutes, till the skin feels warm to the touch.

FACE MASK This is the only step in the home facial process that takes a little time, but the result will be worth it. For different skin types use different mixtures:

  • Oily skin – Take 2 tablespoons yogurt. Mix it thoroughly with 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder.
  • Normal to dry skin – Mix together 2 tablespoons of milk cream and 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder.

Apply the appropriate face mask and leave it to dry for 10 minutes. Gently wipe it off with a moist tissue or cotton ball. Do not wash the skin with soap. Rub a cube of ice over the face and neck to close the pores.

The entire process can be done in 15 minutes max and will have you looking drop dead gorgeous. So when you want to pamper your skin, just pick these times from your kitchen and wow the world!

You can also read “8 Home Remedies for Age Blemishes that Work”  for some more tips on skin care.