Honey is a natural superior lips conditioners that acts as a moisture barrier, protecting the lips from exterior factors that would strip the skin of its natural moisture.
Benefits of honey for the lips:
1. Helps moisturize the skin:
Honey is a natural humectant. Humectants are substances which can help retain and preserve moisture and can also prevent loss of moisture and keep your lip skin hydrated and moisturized for longer time.
2. Acts as a natural exfoliator:
Honey contains antioxidants, enzymes and nutrients which can hydrate, cleanse and nourish the skin perfectly. It helps exfoliate the skin and take off the dry and dead skin and reveal the new skin cells below. It helps renew cell growth.
3. Protects the skin from damage:
Honey is antioxidative by nature and can help aid skin repair and protect the skin from oxidation and damage. It can help speed up the skin’s healing process and reduce inflammation with its antimicrobial, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that aid wound healing and tissue regeneration.
4. Helps soothe and condition the skin:
Honey can penetrate deep into the skin and can hydrate, moisturize and nourish the skin, while giving it a conditioned effect.
5. Can help lighten and brighten the skin:
Honey can help beautify the skin and make it look radiant and rejuvenated. It keeps the skin supple, tender and youthful. It can brighten dark lip skin, as it acts like a bleaching agent and eventually remove the dark colour which can be caused due to various reasons like dehydration, constant use of cosmetic products, over-exposure to the sun, hyperpigmentation (dark patches on the skin), lifestyle, anemia, consumption of caffeine and hot beverages, etc. READ MORE – CLEAR AND PREVENT BLACKHEADS WITH THESE AMAZING INGREDIENTS
Honey Lip scrub –
- 1 tsp honey
- 1 tsp jojoba oil or olive oil
- 1 tsp sugar
In a small mixing bowl take the coarsely powdered sugar and add in the honey and jojoba oil and mix it well. Pour the mixture into a small storage container. Take out a small quantity on the tip of your index finger (and the rest can be stored for future use) and rub it between your index finger and thumb and then gently apply it on your lips and scrub very gently in circular motions for around two to three minutes. Do not be harsh as the lip skin is very delicate and sensitive. After that, gently wipe off with a warm cloth or towel and apply some lip balm or ghee on your lips.
Tip: using of raw or unpasteurized honey would be preferable, if not you can use regular honey got from the store as well.
Please Note: Even though these lip scrubs are edible, do not lick your lips during the exfoliation process as the scrub exfoliates the dead skin cells.
Overnight Honey Lip balm –
- 1 tbsp honey
- 2 tbsp shea butter or aloe vera gel
In a small mixing bowl, add shea butter and raw honey and mix well. Take out a small quantity on the tip of your index finger (and the rest can be stored in the fridge for future use) and rub it between your index finger and thumb, so that it softens a little and then gently apply it on your lips in circular motions. Massage your lips gentle to improve circulation and leave it on overnight.
Tip: Using of organic, raw or unpasteurized honey would be preferable as they will have better benefits and effects as they retain all the beneficial properties fully. If not you can use regular honey got from the store as well.
Lip Lightening DIY Recipe:
- 1 tbsp organic honey
- ¼ tsp organic turmeric
In a small mixing bowl add in the turmeric and the honey and mix it well. Take out a small quantity on the tip of your index finger and rub it between your index finger and thumb and then gently apply it on your lips rubbing in circular motions for around two to three minutes. Do not be harsh as the lip skin is very delicate and sensitive. After that, gently wipe off with a warm cloth or towel. READ MORE – Best Ingredients To Clear Dark Circles
Caution: Those who are prone to pollen allergies should avoid using honey.