Honey has been used by humans through the centuries to help maintain healthy skin and hair. One of the most beautiful women in the world, Cleopatra, legend has it, applied a honey mask to her face every morning and took milk and honey baths to keep her skin smooth, healthy, and youthful. In Ming dynasty China, women in the emperor’s court used honey and ground orange seeds to keep their skin and hair fresh and beautiful.
But what was there about this amazing ingredient that made people take note? Well, for one thing, honey never needed additives to keep it from spoiling, a blessing in the pre-refrigerator era. Only much later did modern scientists discover that it has strong antioxidant properties and is a great source of enzymes, vitamins and minerals and amino acids that reduce inflammation and promote cellular regeneration, which helps keep skin youthful.
By the 1800’s, honey had become a common ingredient in many cosmetics, and today literally thousands of commercial beauty products are made with this awesome ingredient. Many of the world’s leading health and beauty spas provide hair and skin treatments with honey-based preparations.
But, what if you don’t have the budget or the time to go to an expensive spa to enjoy the benefits of honey? No worries! Below is my favorite homemade honey mask recipe, – a recipe for youthful, glowing skin – The Salt Honey Mask. This mask is made from ingredients right in your own kitchen. It is natural, inexpensive, and works amazingly well. You’re going to love it.
The Salt Honey Mask
To make one application you’ll need:
1 tablespoon honey (pure, organic type, such as Manuka)
1 teaspoon salt
Few drops of olive oil
Mix everything together until the mask looks similar to caramel. Apply gently over clean, wet skin in a circular motion, making sure to avoid eye area. Leave on for about 15 minutes, then rinse. Follow up with your favorite moisturizer.
Why does this stuff work so well? Honey is known as a humectant. This means that it attracts moisture, so your skin benefits by extra hydration. Also, it is naturally antibacterial. And, of course, salt has been used for centuries as a healing agent. It tightens, preserves and acts as an exfoliant, removing those stubborn dead skin cells, allowing new and healthy skin to emerge. A honey facial benefits your entire being, because if you have a nice glowing, healthy skin that radiates, you will have more self-confidence and poise, which contributes to good health.
Do you have a favorite homemade honey mask recipe? Have you ever used a honey mask, and if so, did you have good results? I’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment below.