During honey production periods, a bee's life span is about 6 weeks compared to up to 6 months during the winter months.

All-natural honey has been used as a beauty product since the days of Cleopatra, and it continues to be used today in manufactured and homemade products for skin and hair care. Honey is a natural humectant, which means it has the ability to attract and retain moisture. The skin's ability to stay moist helps maintain its softness, suppleness and elasticity. As skin ages, it loses some of the ability to retain water and may become dry and appear wrinkled.  Honey's natural hydrating properties make it an ideal ingredient for moisturizing products.  Because it is all natural and doesn't irritate the skin, honey is also great for sensitive skin.

You don't have to go far from your home to experience great beauty products at an inexpensive price. Simply reach in to your cabinet and pull out the honey!  Using honey and other common ingredients, you can make your own line of beauty products right in your kitchen!

We all know that protecting ourselves from the sun is very important, so here's some good news you can use.  Honey may help us in the fight against the harmful effects of ultraviolet (UV) rays. Studies have revealed that honey has significant natural antioxidant properties.  Antioxidants play a role in protecting the skin from the damage of UV rays and aiding in skin rejuvenation.  Prolonged exposure to the sun's UV radiation can cause skin damage, premature aging, and even skin cancer.  The Cosmetics Toiletries and Fragrance Association says that because chemical and physically opaque sunscreens can cause skin irritation, companies are researching the use of antioxidants anti-irritants and moisturizers in sun care products.  Because of honey's great ability to maintain the skin's moisture and not irritate the skin, it has the potential to be used for these products.

According to Janice Cox, author of Natural Beauty at Home,  Honey's antimicrobial properties make it useful for the treatment of minor acne flare-ups. Also, unlike some acne treatments, honey doesn't dry the skin.

Honey is a natural way to care for your skin and hair. Try these home recipes to save the money you spend on expensive beauty products. Courtesy of Burleson's Honey, Inc.

Hair Conditioner
Mix 1/2 cup Burleson's Pure Honey with 1/4 cup olive oil. Use 2 tablespoons for normal to oily hair. Using a small amount at a time, work mixture through hair until coated. Cover hair with a shower cap and leave on 30 minutes. Shampoo well and rinse; dry as usual.

Soothing Skin Clarifier (for minor acne)
Mix 1/2 cup warm water with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Using a cotton ball apply directly to blemishes. Maintain pressure with cotton ball for several minutes to soften blemishes. Using a cotton swab, dab Burleson's Pure Honey on blemishes. Leave on 10 minutes; rinse and pat dry.

Skin Softening Bath
Add 1/4 cup Burleson's Pure Honey to bath water for fragrant "soaky" bath.

Facial Mask
Whisk 1 tablespoon Burleson's Pure Honey, 1 egg white, 1 teaspoon glycerin (available at drug and beauty stores), and enough flour to form a paste. Smooth over face and throat. Leave on 10 minutes; wash off with warm water.

Facial Mask/Toner
In a blender, puree 1 tablespoon Burleson's Pure Honey with 1 peeled, cored apple. Smooth over face. Leave on 15 minutes; rinse with cold water.

Facial Cleanser
Mix 1 tablespoon Burleson's Pure Honey with 2 tablespoons finely ground almonds, and 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice. Rub gently onto face. Rinse with warm water.

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