Friday, September 07, 2007

Honey Recommended to Treat Dry Skin, Acne

A Honey for All Skins
National Honey Board (USA)

Honey is a humectant, which means it attracts and retains moisture. It's also an anti-irritant, making it suitable for a number of sensitive skin issues.

Christopher Watt, a licensed aesthetician who cares for some of Hollywood's most famous faces, including Halle Berry and Jennifer Lopez, suggests the following homemade honey-based regimens for today's most common skin problems:

Dry Skin

Dry skin is a prevalent issue. Watt suggests applying the following dry skin honey moisturizer to the face:

Dry Skin Moisturizer
Makes 2 Applications

2 Tablespoons honey
2 Tablespoons cocoa butter, melted
2 drops bergamont oil (optional)
1 drop lavender oil or tea tree (optional)

Mix all ingredients together and apply to clean, dry face. This all-natural moisturizer can be covered and kept in a cabinet, but it will solidify. For a second application, heat in microwave for 10 seconds, stir and apply to skin same as before.


Contrary to popular opinion, acne can occur at any age. It is a disorder caused by a bacterial inflammation of the skin's glands and follicles. Because honey has anti-bacterial properties, Watt recommends washing the face with a honey-based cleanser twice weekly for acne-prone skin:

Gentle Honey Cleanser
Makes 1 Application

1/4 cup honey
1 Tablespoon liquid soap
1/2 cup glycerin (available at drug and beauty stores)

Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl until fully blended. Pour onto clean face sponge or soft cloth and gently rub onto face, wash away with warm water and pat face dry….

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