Monday, February 14, 2011
Bangkok Post, 2/12/2011
Honey has long been used to pamper the skin, thanks to its cleansing, anti-oxidant and anti-microbial properties. In addition to that, the sticky stuff leaves a coat of film on the skin to lock in moisture and radiance. What's not to love?
Honey is an ideal skin care ingredient as it prevents drying. It also helps protect the skin from sun damage. This is why many skincare products, and even cosmetics, which are aimed at softening and moisturising the skin, use the benefits of honey to deliver an amazing fragrance and deliciously soft skin.
Its powerful healing properties are also second to none. Honey not only fights infection and aids tissue healing, but also helps reduce skin inflammation and scarring.
Honey can work as a facial mask, or along with other home remedies. Most commonly, honey is best friends with milk, both for health foods and for skin treatments. A glass of milk with a few drops of honey can help you sleep better at night, while a milk and honey facial mask can be a very good acne fighter.
Other acne remedies include honey with apple, honey with aloe vera, honey with tea tree oil, honey with cucumber and honey with aspirin. Yes, aspirin! This is probably the least delicious sounding recipe for the skin, but aspirin is a good skin conditioner that works well in treating acne in oily skin, and the coarse texture is great for exfoliation. It is not suitable for dry skin as it might cause excessive dryness and skin flaking.
Sometimes benefits of honey come in other various forms, such as propolis, royal jelly, beewax and bee pollen. These are also packed with honey's goodness but differ in form and concentration. For example, royal jelly is a honey bee secretion commonly found in adult queens. It is widely praised for its cholesterol-lowering, anti-inflammatory, wound-healing and antibiotic effects…