I LOVE Honey!! I do! I love to eat it…I love to cook with it…and I love to put it on my face. :-) (Which sometimes happens when I eat it too…but not intentionally!)
Earlier this week I wrote a blog post at Blendtec about a Honey-Almond Face Scrub I recently “cooked up”. While I was working on that, I decided to try a few more skin care treatments using honey because…well…I LOVE honey! :-) No seriously….honey is an incredible substance!
It acts as a humectant, which means it attracts and preserves water which aids in skin hydration. It’s also beneficial for acne prone skin because it inhibits the growth of bacteria, reducing the chance of breakouts. I told you…pretty incredible stuff.
One thing I’m not very good about using, but would like to be better at, is a facial TONER. I had no idea there were so many benefits to using a toner until I looked into it. Here are just a few:
- Cleaner skin
- Re-balances acid mantle
- Reduces oil output
- Smaller-looking pores
- Aids in the application of other products
This recipe for a Cucumber-Honey Toner sounded SO refreshing I thought I would give it a whirl.
2 teaspoons honey
Puree the cucumber in a blender, strain and collect the juice.
Add 2 teaspoons of honey and mix.
Pour the mixture into a bottle. Apply on the face and neck area with a cotton pad in the morning and at night. Air dry it and rinse clean. Store the bottle covered in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
After I’d made the honey SCRUB and honey TONER, I figured I might as well complete the facial trifecta and make a honey MASK while I was at it. I had an apple sitting on my counter so I decided to work with that.
After a little research I discovered apples contain Vitamin A and Vitamin C, both of which are very good for your skin (well, OK, I already knew that). Apples also contain a compound called malic acid, a type of alpha hydroxy acid, which is popular in acne treatments because it helps slough off dead skin and open clogged pores. (Now THAT I didn’t know!)
Apple-Honey Face Mask
1 tablespoon honey
In a blender or food processor, combine 1 roughly chopped apple with a tablespoon of honey and pulse until smooth.
Apply mixture to face and allow it to stay for on for 15 minutes, then rinse.
All three of these skin care recipes using honey made my face feel so good after using them, and there’s just something about using ingredients straight from Mother Nature that makes them feel even better.
It’s just hard to go wrong starting with one of nature’s most perfect substances….HONEY! :-)
I hope you will give them a try and tell me what you think!