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Honey Salt Scrub

My favorite face scrub – cheap and effective.
Natural raw honey and fine sea salt.
1 tbsp honey, 1/2 tbsp of salt. Mix together and scrub your face with it in a circular motion.
Rinse off with warm water and pat dry.

Here’s a few reasons why I love this combo –

Natural, raw honey has been used as a beauty agent, including as a skin cleanser, for hundreds of years. Using honey on your face can help keep your skin hydrated, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. A daily honey cleaner or mask can treat or prevent acne breakouts by ridding your skin of harmful bacteria. Honey is a safe skin treatment that can be used over the long term without side effects.

Honey is naturally loaded with essential vitamins and minerals that can benefit your body when taken internally and increase the health of your skin when applied topically. Honey is packed full of iron, vitamin B, calcium, potassium and magnesium, among other nutrients.

The Benefits of Honey website says that when honey is mixed with water, the natural enzymes in the honey react to create hydrogen peroxide, which functions as a mild antiseptic, making honey a perfect natural facial cleanser. Honey is naturally moisturizing, allowing you to use pure honey as a skin cleanser to get your skin clean without stripping away natural oils and over-drying.

Honey’s pH level is very close to your skin’s natural pH level, according to the Leaves of Eden natural health website. Many traditional skin cleansers are more acidic, which can disrupt the natural acid balance on your skin, leading to irritation and infection. Honey is naturally mildly acidic, which makes it an excellent skin cleanser for combating bacterial and fungal growth.

According to the National Honey Board, honey has antioxidant properties and can protect your skin from sun damage caused by harmful ultraviolet sunlight when applied topically. Honey is a powerful antimicrobial, and cleansing your face with honey can reduce the growth of bacteria on your skin. Including honey in your skin cleansing routine offers plenty of benefits while maintaining your skin’s pH balance and keeping skin hydrated.

Skin blemishes, also known as spots or scars, are the common result of acne outbreaks. For some people, skin blemishes are difficult to get rid of, detract from your physical appearance and over time can lead to the development of a poor self-image. Topical treatments for treating skin blemishes can be expensive. Honey, a low-cost home treatment for skin blemishes that has a long history of use, can be a potent anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory.

Honey contains the sugars glucose and fructose, natural alpha-hydroxy acids that exfoliate the skin. Natural exfoliates reduce the appearance of skin blemishes, which leaves the skin smooth and even in tone. When you wash the honey off your skin, a small amount remains in the pores. As a result, the sugars in the honey attract water from the air, which keeps your skin hydrated, and is important property of any skin blemish treatment.

Sea salt is growing in popularity not just on the dining room table, but in skin products as well. It can be found in a variety of different forms to be used in bath salts, soaps and exfoliating scrubs. Sea salt is made by taking water from either oceans or saline lakes and letting the water evaporate to leave the salts behind, whereas table salt is mined from salt deposits in the earth and heavily processed to produce “clean” salt.

Sea salt on its own is an excellent exfoliating treatment, and according to CareFair.com is found as a primary ingredient in many high-end spa treatments. Sea salt used to rub into the skin shouldn’t have rough, sharp edges. The texture of the sea salt should be smooth to the touch, as you want it to gently slough off the dead skin cells, not scratch the skin. It can also be used as a rub to exfoliate and soften tough skin.

Sea salt is a natural detoxifier, as the salt absorbs the toxins from the skin. Make a paste out of sea salt and water, apply it to your skin and leave it on for one minute before you get into the shower. Massage the salt off gently in the shower as you bathe. This will not only help detoxify your skin, but will help exfoliate dead skin cells as you rinse it off.

Increased circulation, antiseptic effects, soft skin without a greasy feel and reduction in fluid retention are just some of the additional benefits of sea salt for the skin. Since sea salt does not go through the same manufacturing processes as table salt, the minerals from the sea remain, giving sea salts different colorings depending on where they are from. Many of these minerals also provide nutrients and benefits to the skin.

Give it a try!


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This entry was posted on August 17, 2012 by in Esthetics and tagged , , , , , , , .
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