Honey Based Recipes
Honey is antiseptic, balancing and a natural humectant
Honey and egg face mask
1 teaspoon honey
¼ teaspoon apple cider vinegar
2 drops chamomile essential oil
1 egg, separated
In a bowl, beat egg white until frothy. In a separate bowl, mix the egg yolk with the honey and then the vinegar. Fold into the egg white.
Spread the mixture over face and neck and relax for about 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water and gently pat dry. Finish with a toner and moisturiser.
Refrigerate any left over mask, but discard after a couple of days.
This simple mask using store cupboard ingredients is excellent for balancing your skin's condition. Apple cider vinegar restores the pH balance to your skin and honey is a natural humectant so helps the skin retain water. Egg yolk moisturises while egg white reduces open pores and draws out excess oils.
Make sure the mask does not get into the eyes or mouth and make sure your eggs are fresh!
Carrot and honey face mask
With the high vitamin content of carrots, the antiseptic and soothing properties of honey as well as the nourishing and hydrating oils of the avocado fruit, this mask is ideal for all skin types and conditions.
1 small to medium sized carrot
4 tblsps honey
1 small avocado
2 tblsps cream or live yoghurt
Steam carrot until tender, leave to cool and mash in a bowl. Remove stone and skin from avocado, mash to a soft pulp and add to carrots. Add the honey and cream or yoghurt and mix well.
Apply in a thick layer to a thoroughly cleansed skin. Relax for 20 minutes and rinse off. Follow with a toner or splash of water and finish with a rich moisturiser. This mask can be kept covered and refrigerated, but should be used within a couple of days.
Carrots are highly nutritious, and a great source of anti-cancer beta-carotene which converts in our bodies as Vitamin A. They are an excellent purifier and may have a detoxifying effect on the liver. With a strengthening effect on red blood cells, carrots improve the complexion, adding tone and elasticity to the skin. They are one of the best vegetables to eat, containing mainly water, vitamins B, C, D and E, potassium and calcium pectate - a pectin fibre that has cholesterol lowering properties.
Avocado is a rich, nutritious fruit from which yields a moisturising and protective oil. They are packed full of protein, vitamins A and B, have a high content of unsaturated triglycerol and fat-soluble Vitamin E. Avocados (fruit and oil) help give the skin a healthy sheen and protect it from dehydration and becoming chapped.
Honey has a long tradition in skin and health care. As a humectant, it attracts and retains moisture. It also acts as an anti-irritant, making it suitable for use on sensitive and baby skin. With proven antiseptic and anti-bacterial properties, it is helpful with wounds, burns, allergic conditions and infections.
By Cherylin Nicholson