Honey is one of the oldest and most effective beauty aids ever and has been around since the days of Cleopatra

Looking good has become a mantra today! As a testimony to that, open the pages of any magazine and a posse of ads for skin creams, shampoos, conditioners, anti-wrinkle creams, under eye creams, hand creams …will stare you in the face.

Confused? Or just reluctant to blow up bucks on expensive beauty products? Why not try Grandma’s route? Just head to your kitchen. There’s so much stuff out there that can give your hair luster, make your skin glow and make you look deliciously good! And best of all – it’s natural and it costs a fraction of what you’d pay for some fancy stuff at fancy stores.

Golden honey! This versatile substance is a veritable treasure trove as far as enhancing looks go. After all, honey is one of the oldest and most effective beauty aids ever.  Honey is an economical, all-natural cleanser or conditioner and has been around since the days of Cleopatra. Honey is a natural humectant, which means it can draw and retain moisture.  As skin ages, or as it is exposed to environmental stresses and chemical agents, it loses its capacity to hold water; it becomes dry and develops wrinkles. Honey’s innate hydrating properties make it ideal for use in moisturizing products. And since it’s natural, it doesn’t irritate the skin and can be used even by people with sensitive skin.

Luxuriate in a honey bath:

Just add one-fourth cup of honey to your bath and feel your skin turn silky and moist. Or use honey for your hair. All you need to do is mix one teaspoon of honey in a mug of water. Squeeze some fresh lemon into the mix and pour it on after you shampoo your hair. Give a quick rinse. The result? Silky smooth hair to die for!

Moisturizing Honey MaskMoisturizing mask:

If you have dry skin, make a Moisturizing Honey Mask. Blend two tablespoons honey and two teaspoons of milk or cream. Apply it on your face and let it stay for 10 minutes, then wash off.  Alternatively, place a cloth in warm water and apply to your face to open the pores. Dab on some honey, and leave for 15 to 30 minutes. Rinse off with warm water, then use cold water to close the pores.

Skin Conditioner:

Mix together one and a half teaspoons vegetable oil, one and a half teaspoons honey and half a teaspoon of lemon juice. Massage into your skin wherever dry patches occur, for instance your hands, elbows and heels. Leave on for 10 minutes, then rinse.

Firming Mask:

Whisk a tablespoon of honey with an egg white, one teaspoon of glycerin and approximately one-fourth cup of flour to make a terrific firming mask. Just apply on the face, leave on 15 minutes, and rinse off with warm water. Satisfaction guaranteed!

Honey-Apple Toner:

Dunk in a peeled, cored apple along with a tablespoon of honey into a blender. Apply it on your face and leave for 15 minutes. It’s a great way to firm, smooth and moisturize your skin.

Facial Cleansing ScrubFacial Cleansing Scrub:

Mix a tablespoon honey, one tablespoon finely ground almonds, two tablespoons dry oatmeal, and sufficient lemon juice to moisturize. Massage mixture gently onto face and wash off with warm water.

Honey Hair Conditioning Treatment:

Want shiny, lustrous hair? Just blend half a cup of honey with a quarter cup of olive oil and massage it into your scalp. Leave it on for half an hour and rinse.

Just head for your kitchen and take out that pot of honey and watch yourself glow!

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