Religious scriptures including Qur’an, Vedas and Bible had documented exceptional benefits of honey. It is renowned for its healing properties. Not just consuming, you can topically use it over injuries, wounds and to make the skin glow. Using honey for skin whitening dates back from ancient times.
Being the largest organ of the body, your skin is protected by natural oils. But when you get out of your house, the impurities, dirt and dead cells accumulate over your skin blocking its pores. This can lead to pigmentation and dark spots on various parts of the body.
- Nutrients in honey exhibits bleaching property, which can lighten dark spots on your face.
- Antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties in raw honey will restrain bacterial infection over the skin.
- Antioxidants residing in honey kill free radicals that can damage skin cells.
- When added with other ingredients like baking soda, honey can turn into an excellent exfoliator.
3 Ways to Use Honey for Skin Whitening
Enticing nutrients in honey made cosmetic world to incorporate honey into their skin care creams. I think they’re adding honey solely for marketing purpose, because when a research team tested 60 honey products they found no pollen and raw honey include pollen. This means manufactures are using filtered honey that lacks required amount of nutrients.
If you want to get benefited from nutritional value of honey, then you must opt for raw or unpasteurized honey. Commercial or pasteurized honey is processed and may sometimes incorporate chemicals.
Honey and Lemon
Lemon has bleaching property that can lighten dark spots on your face, whereas honey is packed with emollient agents that can hydrate dry skin. As lemon juice can make your skin sensitive, its recommend to use it with honey or water.
Mix 1 tea spoon of raw honey and 1/2 tea spoon of lemon juice in a bowl, wash your face with water and pat dry. You can use cotton ball to apply lemon and honey for skin lightening. Repeat the process 2-3 times in a week.
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There is no harm in applying raw honey directly over your face without adding any other innate ingredient. Apply pure honey with cotton ball after washing it with water.
Alternately, you can add yogurt to honey. Add 1 table spoon of yogurt and 1/2 table spoon of honey thoroughly and apply it over face evenly. After leaving it for 15-20 minutes rinse it off. Regular use of this face mask will help you attain glowing skin.
Honey and Multani Mitti
Multani mitti is nature’s best clay that can remove impurities off the skin. Skin disorders like acne; itching and oily skin can be treated using multani mitti.
Mash one banana in a bowl; add 1 tbsp of honey and aloe vera gel to the bowl. At last add required amount of multani mitti to make paste like consistency.
Mean while, wash your face and pat dry. Apply mixed face mask over the face evenly and leave it for 15-20 minutes and then rinse it off with water.
Alternatively, you can add almond oil or other natural ingredients to honey for skin whitening. Regularly apply the mask to see effectively results.