10 Benefits of Honey for Hair & Skin

As we all know, raw honey is most commonly used as a natural sweetener in foods and for it's health benefits. It naturally boosts energy, stops insomnia, regulates blood sugar, aides in weight loss and improves digestion. 

Along with these many health benefits, it also works wonders for the hair and skin and can be found in many cosmetic products today. It's antioxidant, antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and humectant properties can improve the skin and hair in many ways. Here's 10!

Treats Dry or Damaged Hair
Increased exposure to sun, cold weather, and dry climates can lead to dull hair. An easy way to restore moisture to your hair is with a honey mask or steaming with honey. After a few minutes, your hair will be noticeably softer, and shinier.

Hair Conditioner
Honey acts as an effective moisture retainer in deep conditioners and leave-in products. Applying honey to wet hair will supply moisture to rough hair, and smooth open cuticles, adding natural shine and volume to dry, dull hair.

 Healthy Scalp/Prevents hair loss
A benefit we can all appreciate is its ability to help against hair loss. Honey contains moisturizers that prevent hair shedding by inhibiting the reduction of hair root moisture. Its antioxidant, germicidal and fungicidal properties aide in the reduction of hair loss and stimulates hair growth. Honey’s antiseptic and antibacterial properties also cleanse the hair follicles by getting rid of impurities. This minimizes the clogging at the root which can lead to hair loss, allowing the scalp to breathe and hair to grow.

Shampoo Booster
The humectant properties of honey help to regulate and retain moisture in hair. Using honey as a cleanser or simply adding some to your shampoo results in soft, clean, easy to detangle hair. It also strengthens hair follicles for healthy growth and less breakage. Honey can even alleviate your itchy scalp and help beat dandruff.

Natural Skin Moisturizer
Honey is a natural humectant and has the capacity to draw moisture from the air, making it the perfect natural ingredient for dry skin. Massaging honey directly on wet skin helps in hydrating and rejuvenating damaged skin cells. It helps to soften dry, flaky and chapped skin while giving a natural glow.

Pore Cleanser
The natural enzymes in raw honey are known to clarify the skin and keep pores clear. Its antibacterial properties also prevent bacterial buildup that can lead to skin imbalances and breakouts.

Honey contains small amounts of gluconic acid and other alpha-hydroxy acids, which gently remove dead skin cells and brighten the complexion. It can also be used with brown sugar or lemon for a deeper exfoliation.

Treats Acne
Honey is great for most skin types including sensitive skin, acne-prone skin, prematurely aged skin, dry skin, oily skin, mature skin as well as eczema and rosacea-prone skin.  The powerful antibacterial property of honey makes it an effective natural remedy for treating acne and pimples. This prevents acne and pimple causing bacteria from forming and the hydrogen peroxide present in honey acts as a disinfectant. Meaning, it not only heals acne and pimple but also prevents further breakouts!

Fades scars
Along with many natural oils, raw honey increases healing and tissue regeneration, helping to revive skin cells and diminish the appearance of scars.

Honey protects your skin from cell damage due to free radicals, which speed up the aging process and may contribute to wrinkles, fine lines, crow’s-feet and even sagging skin. Applying honey in your under eye area overnight will also effectively lighten dark circles.

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