Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Guest Post: Sweeten Your Summer with Honey

Hi, I'm Alex from Refined Lately - a beauty, fashion, and lifestyle blog celebrating the notion that luxury is effortless. I'm excited to share this simple tip for creating a luxurious summer here on The Perks of Being Amy. 

Did you know that honey is the perfect addition to your pantry and bathroom shelf this summer? This natural sweetener is proven to contain antibacterial properties and high levels of antioxidants that will benefit you inside and out. This summer, sweeten up your palate and your skincare routine using honey:
Face Mask - Mixing 1 tablespoon of honey and 1 tablespoon of yogurt creates a moisturizing and softening face mask. Honey, a humectant, attracts moisture into the skin while the lactic acid in the yogurt acts as a gentle chemical exfoliant. Due to honey's antifungal and antimicrobial properties, this mask will help with acne, too. Try it with yogurt that is fresh out of the fridge for a cooling face mask that's perfect for summer.

Body Scrub - Honey can be used in a moisturizing scrub that will benefit fans of self-tanning. Simply mix honey, a carrier oil such as almond oil or jojoba oil, and bit of brown sugar and gently rub all over the skin. This scrub is also great for chapped lips!

Sweetener for Baked Treats - Not only does honey have a lower glycemic index and less calories than sugar, it can be better for a lot of sweet baked goods. Substitute 3/4 cup of honey for every 1 cup of sugar in a recipe for an equally tasty but much more decadent sweet treat.

Cough Syrup - Don't let a sore throat ruin your summer. After a nasty bout of sore throat, the first thing the doctor prescribed to me was honey. Taken by itself, with tea or lemon oil, honey soothes sore and itchy throats instantly. The antibacterial properties of this sweet ingredient also helps heal irritated throats.

Summer Finger Food - Summer parties won't be complete with a refreshing hors d'oeurve. Wrap sliced cantaloupes with bacon and drizzle with a bit of honey for the perfect combination of sweet, salty, and savory.
Honey is a practical and affordable addition to your summer whether you put it on your skin or in your body. Try it out for yourself and see how powerful and effective honey can be!

(Thanks to Alex for this lovely post!)


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