Say goodbye to these 7 common hair and skin problems using honey

Honey is a nourishing ingredient for the body as well as hair and skin. If you’ve switched from sugar to honey in your tea, it is time to reap in its beauty benefits too. Honey not only nourishes and soothes your skin, but its anti-bacterial and hydrating properties rejuvenate it and reduce blemishes. Below are a few home-made honey packs for both hair and skin.

Silky hair

If you want manageable and silky hair especially during the monsoons, apply this pack on your hair.

  • Mix two tablespoons of curd, two eggs, juice of lemon and five drops of honey in a bowl.
  • Apply it on your scalp and hair.
  • Keep it for half-an-hour before washing it off with water.

Shiny locks

Another hair pack using honey is mixing it with olive oil and applying it on your locks.

  • Keep it on for some time and then wash it off.
  • This will add a shine to them.

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Unwanted hair

If unwanted facial hair is what you are looking to get rid of, then try this home remedy.

  • In a vessel, take one teaspoon of honey, one tablespoon of sugar and a few drops of lemon juice.
  • Beat it into a smooth paste.
  • Now heat it in a microwave for up to three minutes.
  • Touch to see if it isn’t too hot and apply it on the area you want to pluck hair from in the same direction as the hair growth.
  • Now take a strip of cloth and place it on top and pull it in the opposite direction.
  • This will remove the hair from the root and your face will be hair-free for a prolonged period.

Flawless skin

If smooth and flawless skin is what you desire, make a honey face mask. This will not only remove impurities but also make your skin soft and supple.

  • Mix honey, besan, malai, chandan and rose oil together and apply it on your face and neck.
  • Now leave it to dry and then peel it off after some time.
  •  Use it once in a week for better results.

Tanning

Honey also comes in handy when you want to get rid of tanning due to sun exposure.

  • Mix equal quantities of honey, milk powder, lemon juice and almond oil and apply it on your face, hands, etc.
  • Keep it for 20 minutes and then wash it off.

Pimples

Acne-prone skin is quite troublesome and those pesky pimples can be difficult to get rid of.

  • Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder and dab it on the pimple.
  • Let it stay overnight and wash it with lukewarm water in the morning.

Burn scars

If you have a burn scar, apply some raw honey on it. It has healing and antiseptic properties and if you apply it over the burn regularly, it will produce less scarring than usual.

How to buy the best honey

Honey is easily available in stores but make sure you buy a good brand. Many a times, impure honey is sold in the market by adding jaggery or sugar syrup or even water to it. This nullifies honey’s anti-bacterial property so be careful of what you buy.

A good way to test if honey is pure or not is to freeze it — pure honey will still remain as viscous as before. If your honey jar attracts ants, then it is impure as pure honey won’t have ants near it. Another factor to check is whether it gets crystallised or not. If it does, it means that sugar has been added to it. So look out for all these signs and once you find a good brand, stick to it.

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