Approved by You: Honey

An effective skincare ingredient doesn’t always have to be developed in labs to be effective. Sometimes the good ones are sneaky buggers hiding in plain sight. The case in point: Honey. Not only great for drizzling it over pancakes or slathering it over a toast, but it also has endless benefits to offer for your skin! So why is this sweet stuff generating such buzz around the beauty community? Notice why even after forgetting it in a corner of the cupboard, honey never expires or grows moulds? Honey’s prowess in retaining its antimicrobial properties is what makes it truly remarkable. Touted to be beneficial for all skin types, the buffet of antioxidants it offers helps speed up the skin’s recovery process. I

It’s the ability to strengthen the immunity of the skin, restoring the natural skin barrier & protecting it from external environmental damage is what transforms it from ordinary to the extraordinary! And that is why it’s has been Approved By You aka the global beauty community.

Here’s why the community approves of Honey:

Acne-Prone Skin Supporter – Surprised? we were too! But apparently, the community loves using honey to treat pimples or more aggravated acne. It has a lot to do with honey being high in anti-inflammatory properties. Honey helps with acne because it has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. most community members use raw honey as a mask by dabbing it on their pimples and let the honey-do its job for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes they wash it off and the redness is visibly reduced and the affected area is soothed. It also helps with lightening acne scars

Natural Exfoliator – No, not all exfoliators are granules of walnut/ sugar and neither do all chemicals have to be chemical-based. Honey is a natural exfoliator that does an incredibly great job of getting rid of dead skin that’s been comfortably longing on the topmost layer of your skin for far too long. Massage some raw honey onto damp skin for just enough exfoliation without making the skin more red or irritated. Honey contains small amounts of AHAs which gently remove dead skin cells and brighten the complexion. 

Moisturizes and Brightens – Community member Rachna Raichandani while sharing her everyday beauty routine mentioned that she loves using honey on her face because it deeply moisturizes her skin, making it soft and supple. This is because honey has both emollient and humectant properties, making it a moisturizer. In tandem honey also helps to brighten the skin when mixed with acid heavy natural like tomato and lemon that have brightening and lightening properties for a quick 10-minute glow up.

Hair Loves it Too – Because honey is a natural moisturizer, it helps lock and retain moisture in your tresses. Not only that, but some community members have also said that honey adds shine to their hair and also helps with hair growth. Most members whip a homemade hair mask with honey along with other ingredients easily available in the pantry such eggs, yoghurt, aloe vera, mango, coconut oil and avocado (okay this one is maybe not that easily available in the pantry)

Note: Your run of the mill honey is not the one you should be using for your skin and hair. Stick to Manuka honey or raw honey — the other stuff has loads of added sugar (which will clog pores and lead to breakouts) and fewer antioxidants. 

How do you use honey as part of your beauty routine? Do Share any recommendations for DIYs or products with honey with the global beauty community in the comments below.

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