It was good enough for Cleopatra, Honey!
Talk about old-time healers! Prehistoric rock paintings suggest that people were keeping honeybees as early as 13,000 BC (yes, you read that right!). The ancient Greeks and Romans were particularly skilled beekeepers and highly adept at using “the nectar of the gods” for both medicinal and cosmetic purposes.
Back in 51 BC, Cleopatra, the legendary Egyptian beauty, claimed that she owed her good looks in large part to baths of milk and honey that made her skin silky and smooth. But don’t just take her word for honey’s beauty benefits, use it to soften up your own birthday suit:
Pour 1 to 2 cups of whole milk and ½ cup of honey under warm water as it flows from the spigot. Swish the water around with your hand to mix the ingredients, and settle in. Close your eyes, relax, and think lovely thoughts for 20 minutes or so. Then step out, pat dry, and apply your usual moisturizer. Note: To get the maximum softening and exfoliating effects, lightly brush your skin in circular motions with a dry brush or loofah before you get into the tub.
If your skin feels extra dry from too much sun exposure, a milk and honey massage can help you replace the lost moisture fast:
Mix equal parts of whole milk and honey. Then, starting at your feet, massage the lotion into your thirsty skin. Step into the shower to rinse yourself off. Note: Don’t even think about using reduced-fat milk for this or any other skin-softening routine. This job demands the heavy-hitting power of whole milk.
Honey is just the thing for making your skin glow, but that’s not the only sweet and wonderful way the sticky stuff can help you look your best. Here’s a handful of other bee-utiful hints:
Make your teeth glow. To get your pearly whites whiter without the high cost of a trip to the dentist, brush then with a mixture of 1 tablespoon of honey and 1 tablespoon of activated charcoal (available in pharmacies and health-food stores—do not confuse activated charcoal with the kind that’s made for barbecue grills!).
Lighten skin spots. Natural-beauty pros have more spot-removal remedies than Howdy Doody has freckles, but this is one of the simplest and gentlest: Once a day, mix 1 teaspoon of honey with 1 teaspoon of plain yogurt. Apply the mixture to the problem areas, and let it dry. Then wait another 30 minutes and wash it off. Besides bleaching the marks, it will soften your skin.
Bye-bye, blackheads. Here’s a sweet way to banish blackheads: Just heat about ⅛ cup of honey until it’s lukewarm, and dab it onto the blemishes. Let it sit for a couple of minutes, wash it off with warm water, and rinse with cool water. Pat your skin dry with a soft towel, and follow up with your usual moisturizer.
Get a shine on. With a little help from honey, you can turn your normal conditioner into a hair-care dynamo that will make your tresses softer, silkier, and shinier. Simply mix ¾ cup of your usual conditioner with ¼ cup of honey, and work it through your hair. Leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes, then shampoo.
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