We’re taking a bit of a twist on this post and pivoting outside of the traditional, because often your kitchen has more to offer in domains of life outside of cooking. On the personal care front, instead of shelling out for high-end products, there are a few edible treatments that are affordable, all-natural options for your skin, hair and more.
Let’s talk honey.
The sweet stuff happens to be one of those multi-functional ingredients that works wonders, not just in place of sugar, but also as a substitute for several products you can find at a beauty counter.
When you start working with honey, don’t be put off by how sticky it is! Rest assured that it rinses right off your skin really easily.
The tacky texture is a small price to pay for the amazing beauty benefits that honey packs – there are countless ways to incorporate honey into your personal care routine. These five uses prove that this sweet substance belongs in more than just your tea.
As a facial cleanser:
Raw, organic honey makes an excellent facial cleanser thanks to its antibacterial properties. This is a great option for anyone who has dry skin, as honey removes dirt from the skin without stripping natural oils. We happen to love using it during the winter for this reason. All you have to do is warm the honey in your hands, spread it over your face and leave it on for five minutes before rinsing off.
As a spot treatment:
Honey kills bacteria, which makes it an excellent method for eliminating blemishes that pop up from time to time. You can apply a small amount of raw honey to a blemish with a cotton ball, cover it with a bandage and leave it on overnight as a powerful spot treatment.
As a brightening mask:
For those of you looking for bright, glowing skin – sometimes the best way to achieve this isn’t by buying a pricey facial treatment. Mix a spoon of honey with equal parts milk and turmeric to form a paste. Apply this to your face, leave it on for 20 minutes and rinse off to reveal radiant skin.
As a body scrub:
Exfoliating the skin on your body keeps skin soft and smooth. You can make your own scrub by mixing equal parts honey and ground almonds to form a thick consistency. Rub this over your skin in circular motions to remove dead skin, and you’ll smell great too!
As a hair mask:
Cold weather often has a way of turning hair into a dry, frizzy mess. There’s a simple way you can bring back the soft, shiny strands you’re used to, though. Mix one spoon of coconut oil with a spoon of honey, work it into wet hair and let it penetrate for half an hour. Then simply wash and condition your hair as usual. Voila!