Honey is one of nature's wonder substances, packed with nutrients and biologically active compounds to go with its deliciously sweet taste. However, you don't need to eat it to enjoy its many benefits.

Honey can also play an important role in your beauty routine, and here are seven of the best ways to use it.


Lip Care

Dry, chapped lips are unsightly as well as painful. Honey can help in two ways. First, make a gentle exfoliant by mixing runny honey with coarse-grained sugar, and use this to carefully brush the dry skin away from your lips.

Next, rinse your lips with warm water, and apply a thin layer of fresh honey and leave it overnight. The next morning, your lips will be soft, smooth, and pain-free.


Acne Breakouts

Honey has natural anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, which are both powerful ways of attacking acne breakouts at their source.

Make a face mask using runny honey, fine oatmeal, and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Gently rub this mixture into the affected area, and leave for a quarter of an hour before rinsing off.

Repeat this treatment every couple of days, giving your skin time to rest between each application.


Pimples and Blackheads

Honey is also a powerful ally in the fight against pimples and blackheads. To make an effective topical treatment, mix a tablespoon of set honey with a little lemon juice, and dab onto the head of each pimple or blackhead.

The lemon juice draws out moisture to dry the pimple, while the honey's healing and cleansing actions help skin regeneration to prevent scarring.


Dry Skin

Honey can make a simple but effective remedy for dry skin. Simply massage runny honey into rough or flaky patches, leave for up to twenty minutes, and then shower off. Repeat daily until your skin is left smooth, supple, and more resistant to flaking and fine lines.


Damaged Hair

From split ends to uncontrollable frizz, honey can tame and repair your hair problems. Mix raw, set honey with enough extra virgin olive oil to make a stiff paste and massage it into your hair and scalp.

Leave for half an hour before showering with warm water. Repeat once or twice a week to leave your hair soft, full, and lustrous.


Stronger Nails

To prevent damage from brittle nails, mix stiff honey with pure coconut oil and massage the paste into your cuticles. This strengthens your nails from their foundations upward, making them less brittle as they grow in the future.

However, it also leaves your nails stronger for immediate protection against cracking and tearing.


An Excellent Cleansing Moisturiser

Lastly, after removing your makeup at night, massage a small amount of honey deeply into your face using circular movements. Don't use too much or your skin will be left feeling sticky.

Leave for a quarter of an hour to let the honey do its work. Its natural antibacterial properties give your pores a deep cleanse, while its humectant action seals moisture into your skin to keep it supple and fresh.

Rinse off with tepid water, and optionally apply a night cream before sleeping.

Not every beauty treatment needs to cost a fortune and be packed with scientific-sounding ingredients. Honey is inexpensive, versatile, and works its natural magic without artificial chemicals or side effects.