More and more people are looking for natural resources as an alternative to products from large conglomerates who may use ingredients that cannot be pronounced by most. Having some security about what is seeping into your body from what you put on your skin, and knowing that it is not harming you or the planet, is a path that many are taking.
Cosmetic products make great gifts for the women in your life. It is just one idea, there are many more ideas for top birthday gifts for her in one place that include several other great suggestions. You could get her a jar of honey to sweeten her tea, but why not add a cosmetic product with it too.
Honey is used in a wide rage of non-food products, though its role in sweetening food and beverages is its most popular market. Here are some interesting facts about honey before we look at the cosmetic products:
Honey does not spoil because it has high sugar content.
Honey typically consists of 38% fructose, 31% glucose and 1% sucrose.
Honey has a density that is approximately 50% greater than water.
The antibacterial properties of honey are attributed to an osmotic effect (it generally has a moisture content of between 14 and 18%), the presence of hydrogen peroxide and an acidic pH. This makes it a perfect treatment for clear, younger looking skin.
Honey has been used for dressing wounds, burns and skin ulcers.
Honey that has not been pasteurized or heat-treated is the best ingredient if you are creating your own cosmetic products. This is because it contains a lot of active phytonutrient antioxidants and enzymes that offer enhanced benefits. Here are a few ways to put this ingredient to use (sometimes with the help of some other natural ingredients).
Honey draws moisture from the air into the skin and ensures that it is retained in the layers where it’s needed the most. This ensures long-lasting hydration, and younger looking skin.
Spread one teaspoon of raw honey on clean, dry skin, and let sit for 15-20 minutes. Rinse with tepid water.
Hydrogen peroxide is known to lighten hair color. Honey contains the enzyme glucose oxidase which slowly releases hydrogen peroxide, gently lightening your hair.
Mix three tablespoons of honey with two tablespoon water. Apply to clean, damp hair and let it sit for an hour. Rinse well. This is a gentle treatment and can be repeated on a weekly basis.
Honey restores hydration to the skin, even at the deepest levels damaged by exposure to the sun. Combine this with aloe vera, which removes the sense of burning and you have a powerful anti-inflammatory mixture which calms the skin and helps it to recover. Mix one part of raw honey with two parts of pure aloe vera gel and apply to sunburned skin.
The enzymes in raw honey can keep pores clear and clean, to help with clearing acne. Add the antibacterial properties of honey with jojoba or coconut oil and you can prevent bacterial build-up that can lead to your skin’s pH balance being out of kilter, leading to acne.
Stir one tablespoon of raw honey with two tablespoons of either jojoba oil or coconut oil until the mixture can be spread. Then apply to clean, dry skin, massaging gently in a circular motion, avoiding eyes. Rinse with tepid water.
The humectant properties of honey help regulate and retain moisture in the hair, plus honey is said to strengthen hair follicles for healthy growth.
Mix one teaspoon honey with a dime-sized amount of your favorite shampoo. Wash and lather as normal, and rinse well.
Honey is full of antioxidants, enzymes, and other nutrients that nourish, cleanse, and hydrate the skin. Baking soda is another wonder-ingredient, acting here as a gentle natural exfoliator that removes dead skin cells, allowing new cells to emerge for a radiant complexion.
Mix two tablespoons of honey with one tablespoon of baking soda. Splash your skin with water, then gently rub the mixture on your skin in a circular motion. Rinse well.
Honey is a versatile natural ingredient that can benefit our body in many ways. Recent years have brought a worldwide boom in a world of cosmetics which encourages products with natural ingredients. Chemicals used in many cosmetic products in the long run can be harsh to the skin and hair. In the old days, we used only natural ingredients and our body loved it, since it is used to them. Many of us already enjoy having honey in our meals and drinks, so why not reward our skin and hair with this natural ingredient also. We are sure that you will see amazing results!