If you’re familiar with me at all, you’re not surprised I’m talking about honey today. If you’re a new visitor or haven’t been around too long, let me explain. I come from a family of beekeepers. And I’m not talking “have a couple of hives in the backyard”-type beekeepers. More like my grandparents started working in the honey business in the 1930s and my parents ran 1,500 hives of bees during my childhood and still run a successful honey company today! So, yes, I’ve got a little experience with honey. :)
Honey is obviously a fantastic food item, but also has many beauty uses! Here are a few of my favorite honey beauty treatments:
Honey facial scrub:
This makes your skin SO soft! IMPORTANT: Before you try this make sure your skin isn’t sensitive to cinnamon, it can irritate some people!
- 1 T. honey
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
Mix your ingredients in a bowl and apply to cleansed skin. Let it sit for about 15-20 minutes. Make sure it’s not too thick because it will drip (and be sticky!) Rinse and then I usually wash my face again with a gentle cleanser. Now feel how soft your skin is!
Honey Hair Boost:
Want some extra moisture? Try adding a dime size amount of honey to your shampoo. (You might need more depending on how long your hair is!)
Honey Hair Highlighter:
Let me start by saying that I had white blonde hair as a child. It got darker as I got older but left cool white blonde streaks scattered about. And while it’s definitely darker than my childhood days, I still prefer to think of it as dark blonde. One of the easiest ways to start an argument with me? Tell me my hair is brown. (Don’t even ask my husband about this.) Here’s the thing, I DON’T CARE IF IT IS. I don’t care if you look at me and think, “Obviously, that is brown hair. You would be delusional to think otherwise.” Well, call me delusional but I refuse to call it brown. I will call it dark blonde going to my grave. Anyway, the point of all of this is that I just started using honey to naturally lighten my hair, so I’ll let you know how it goes! Here’s what you need:
- 3 T. honey
- 2 T. water
That’s it! Take the honey and stir it with the water. Then apply it to damp hair and let it sit for an hour before rinsing. I’m a big fan of bubble baths and usually take one at least once a week. I typically hop in the shower to wet my hair, wring out the wetness and then pour the honey/water mixture over my hair. I then twist it up and clip it to my head while I soak in the bath for an hour. Then I wash my hair was usual! That’s it. I’ve been trying it once a week for two weeks now so in about another few weeks I’ll see how it’s going!
Have a beauty use for honey you care to share? Leave a comment!
Originally published November 11, 2015