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Honey Could Be Just What You Beauty Routine Needs (Seriously!) Here’s Why

Honey is not just delicious over granola or in tea, it’s also one of the must-have natural ingredients when it comes to skincare. Now, we know what you’re thinking; DIY beauty is complicated, it doesn’t always have the best results, and sometimes it’s just downright messy and annoying, but there’s a reason beauty experts have been celebrating honey (the raw, unpasteurized, unprocessed, and not heated kind). After all, honey has antibacterial properties!

Cleopatra was celebrated for her beauty, she was also said to indulge in honey and milk baths, and she may have been on to something because Health notes that placing just 2 to 3 tablespoons of raw honey into hot water could provide the TLC your skin needs!

Health reports that honey can be used to fight your blemishes, as well as acne, and all you need to do is simply dab a bit onto your spots, leave for around 20 minutes, and then wash off. Healthline also notes that Manuka honey has been researched as an anti-acne product, and can be more effective than other more well-known products.

Honey is also a fantastic ingredient to help combat dark circles under the eyes (we’ve all been there). It can be used as a sort of eye cream when mixed with almond oil, and if applied before bed, it can be rinsed off in the morning, Health reports.

Other ways honey can be used is as a cleanser, and you can wash your face with it. It can also soothe razor burn, be made into a scrub (using baking soda) to get rid of dry skin, or even used as a wonderful conditioning mask for the hair (via You Beauty). For the latter, You Beauty notes you should simply mix one tablespoon of raw honey with two tablespoons of coconut oil, then leave it in the hair for 20 minutes before rinsing thoroughly.

Honey can be used to lighten the skin, helping to fade scars and regenerate the tissue. Healthline comments on how honey can be applied as a paste onto scars, and could potentially help them to fade over time.

There’s only one major drawback to using honey (well, apart from the fact that it’s sticky and can be messy to use), and that’s if you have an allergy to pollen, celery, or other bee-related products. If so, Healthline reports that it should be avoided as part of your skincare routine. I, thankfully, do not have an allergy, so excuse me now, while I head to the store to purchase more honey!

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