honey

These beauty solutions are as sweet as honey. Actually, scratch that! The liquid gold is bursting with goodness that is incomparable to any other.

Oh Honey, Give Me Some Sweet Lovin’
Famed for its antioxidant and moisturizing qualities, honey is a great way to hydrate and detoxify your skin. The natural cleanser exfoliates and facilitates the production of collagen to give you younger-looking skin, while tempering the appearance of acne and scars.

What’s more, it also makes for a great hair conditioner, as the natural humectant attracts moisture. For those of you with extremely frizzy hair, mix together 1/2 cup honey and 1/2 cup olive oil; warm it up a little. Once the mixture has blended, apply to damp hair as you would any other conditioner and leave it on for 10-15 minutes. Then, simply rinse with warm water.

Also, massaging honey on your lips every morning for 10 minutes will hydrate your pout. This makes them appear plump because of the increase in moisture content in the lips. You could alternately try actress Julianne Hough’s honey DIY lip scrub for nourished lips.

Worth Its Weight In Gold
Honey is a great way to give your metabolism a boost, courtesy its essential nutrients and micro-nutrients. It has the ability to mobilize the stored fat in your body, while providing you with a burst of energy for your daily activities. Honey is packed with enzymes that enhance the digestion of food substances, especially carbohydrates such as starch and sugar. It relieves acidity and increases the production of intestinal mucus that eases digestion.

Because it is sweet, honey also makes for a good sugar substitute among weight watchers. A daily dose of honey with a little bit of lemon in some warm water will gradually result in weight loss.

In the end, make note that the versatility of honey lends itself well to food preparations, topical applications and soluble solutions too. What’s even better is that the humble ingredient is easily available and extremely economical, so infusing it into your DIYs is a no-brainer.

PS: For solutions to suit your specific skin type, head to our Skincare section.
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Charlene Flanagan is a lifestyle journalist whose love for language drove her to earn her Bachelor’s degree in English literature, as well as pursue her Masters in Arts. Over the last five years, she’s contributed to a number of leading publications, and has particularly enjoyed reviewing books and restaurants, as well as interviewing celebrities. Her recent switch to a holistic lifestyle has her looking at her food choices very differently—although she won’t admit it. When she’s not busy writing up about workouts, home remedies, and skincare essentials, she spends her time being the quintessential city girl who’s excited to see what life has in store for her.