For this week’s Homemade topic blog post, I’m pleased to feature a guest post by Alexis Bonari. She shares some excellent tips and recipes, and I have to admit: I can’t wait to try them all out!
There’s a reason honey shows up repeatedly in commercial beauty products. In fact, there are three of them:
1. Honey is humectant, meaning it draws moisture from the air. The Greeks and Romans put it on wounds to keep them from scarring, which makes honey a great acne remedy as well as one for dry skin.
2. Honey, especially darker varieties—namely Manuka honey, which is made by bees that feast on the same bush from which we get tea tree oil—contain antibacterial properties.
3. Honey contains antioxidants, which explains why Cleopatra and other ancient beauties used it to acquire a youthful glow.
Instead of spending wads of money on overpriced spas and chemical-laden commercial products, why not go straight to the source? Make these spa-worthy recipes with natural ingredients you probably already have in your pantry!
Basic Honey Face Mask
· 2 tbsp honey
· 1-2 drops tea tree oil for problem skin
· 1-2 drops lavender oil for oily or irritated skin
· 1-2 drops chamomile oil (or chamomile tea) for dry or stressed skin
Massage gently into relatively clean face and rinse with lukewarm water after 10 minutes. This is an easy morning or weekend regimen before toning and moisturizing.
Honey Exfoliating Scrub
· 1 tbsp honey
· 2 tbsp finely ground almonds or oats
· ½ tsp organic yogurt (full fat for dry skin, skim for oily skin)
Mix in a small bowl or the palm of your hand and massage gently over your face, working from your forehead down to your nose, cheeks, then chin. Leave the mask on for 10 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water.
The honey moisturizes and kills bacteria while the yogurt exfoliates. The almonds or oats work double-duty as exfoliants (instead of those plastic micro-beads that just pollute the ocean after they go down the drain!) and as moisturizers.
Honey Firming Mask
· 1 tbsp honey
· 1 egg white
· 1 tsp clay, flour, or glycerin
Form a paste with the ingredients and massage onto face. Clay will draw impurities from your pores while glycerin cleanses. Although flour won’t really do much for your skin, it will keep the already beneficial honey-egg white mixture on your face instead of your toes! Rinse with lukewarm water after 10 minutes.
Cucumber Honey Eye De-Puffer
· 1 tsp honey
· ½ tsp chamomile tea
· 2 tsp cucumber, peeled, seeds removed
· 1 tbsp aloe vera gel
Don’t put the tea leaves in boiling water—it just scalds the leaves and not only makes a bitterer cup of tea for drinking, it doesn’t release the most beneficial nutrients. Instead, warm up filtered water (like Brita water) to the temperature of a hot bath and steep the tea. Set aside to cool.
Meanwhile, blend the cucumbers, aloe, and honey until smooth; add the tea. Put into a small glass jar and refrigerate for up to one week. Gently apply it an hour or so later when it’s been chilled to your under eyes.
Honey Hair Care
· ¼ cup honey
· ¼ cup olive oil or half an avocado, peeled and destoned
Mix the ingredients in a bowl and apply to hair. Slap on a shower cap and try the Cleopatra bath (see below) for 30 minutes and then shower and condition as usual.
· ¼ cup honey
· ½ cup organic milk or cream
Lovely Cleopatra knew what she was doing. Pour these ingredients in a warm bath and let it moisturize tired skin, revealing a more youthful, glowing you.
Bio: Alexis Bonari is currently a resident blogger at College Scholarships, where recently she’s been researching trade school student loans as well as McDonalds scholarships. Whenever this WAHM gets some free time she enjoys doing yoga, cooking with the freshest organic in-season fare, and practicing the art of coupon clipping.