Honey is a unique product, the properties of which were known many millennia ago. People knew how to get wild honey back in the early Stone Age, and the ancient Greeks and Romans not only tamed bees, but even began to publish multivolume works on the breeding of flying insects, the beneficial properties of fragrant nectar. It is proved that the chemical composition of honey is close to blood plasma, therefore, beekeeping products are actively used in medicine for the treatment and prevention of many diseases. Cosmetologists cannot do without it, putting “liquid amber” in the service of the beauty industry. Honey is a part of masks, cosmetic creams, fat-burning capsules, and is used in various types of massage.
The benefits of honey wrap
One of the most popular cosmetic procedures is honey wrap. Getting into the body through the skin, honey stimulates metabolic processes, removes toxins, nourishes the epithelium. Penetrating through the pores, it supplies the most valuable trace elements, vitamins, minerals, amino acids. The procedure contributes to an overall increase in immunity. Applications are very effective in the fight against excess weight, getting rid of “orange” skin, stretch marks on it.
Anti-cellulite honey wrap
A common problem in getting rid of excess pounds and body shaping is cellulite. Local accumulation of fat cells in one or another part causes not only aesthetic discomfort, but is harmful to health. Microcirculation is disturbed in cells. They stop working properly, accumulate fat, which, in turn, accumulates toxins, liquid, and other waste products of the human body.
Cosmetologists recommend honey wraps as the most effective way to combat cellulite, which can be done at home. The procedure does not require special education, skills, funds, but very successfully eliminates problems with the figure. As a result, the skin softens, blood circulation in the tissues is normalized, and unnecessary fluid is removed.
How the procedure works
The honey wrap is a stimulating procedure. “Orange peel” is formed as a result of the accumulation of lymph and blood in the subcutaneous layer. As a natural antioxidant, beekeeping product accelerates metabolic processes, improves skin condition. The pores are cleared, the skin begins to breathe, and fluid retention gradually decreases. The active components of honey are absorbed, having a beneficial effect on the work of all human systems.
Honey has a warming ability, the film does not transmit heat outside, creating a greenhouse effect. Fleeing from overheating, the body begins to burn subcutaneous fat. Extra pounds go away, they are replaced by good health, great mood.
Types of honey wraps
Cosmetologists use two types:
- cold compresses
- hot (warm) compresses
Cold is made with honey at room temperature.
Hot is carried out with honey heated to less than 40 degrees. It should be remembered that if you heat it to a higher temperature, the healing substances begin to break down and the benefits will be minimal. With this method, due to vasodilation, blood circulation improves, toxins and toxins are removed through the skin more intensively.
For cellulite, warm compresses are preferable. But, if there are problems with the heart and blood vessels, the risk of complications is high.
Course of procedures
Homemade honey wraps for weight loss are a medical cosmetic procedure. Any treatment achieves positive dynamics if it is carried out in a course.
One procedure is not enough to get rid of cellulite. A minimum of ten sessions are required over two to three weeks. It is good to combine them with moderate physical activity, a visit to the sauna or bath.
Like any treatment (including cosmetology), procedures using honey have contraindications:
- Allergic reactions;
- Varicose veins;
- Fungal skin diseases;
- Gynecological diseases;
- Oncological diseases;
- Infectious diseases;
- Cardiovascular diseases;
- Period of menstruation;
- Pregnancy and lactation.
Pros and cons of honey wrap
Applying honey compresses is a fairly easy way to achieve weight loss and body shaping. Its undoubted plus is that the procedure can be performed at home without anyone’s help.
Cons – in the list of contraindications. Honey is a powerful allergen. Check for allergic reactions before starting treatment.
How to do honey wrap at home
Having wondered how to make honey compresses at home, you need to know that this procedure contains several stages.
At the preparation stage, it is necessary to first clean and prepare the area on which the compress will be applied.
Then you should prepare honey. Here, too, some points are taken into account. For hot applications, it must be heated in a water bath. If it is intended to use additives, then the composition should be prepared in the correct proportions.
Honey or honey mixture is applied to the body, the area is wrapped with cling film. It is imperative to wrap this place warmly. It will take from 40 minutes to one and a half hours. Then the film is removed, the honey remains are removed with a warm, wet towel. Light massage will enhance the effect of the procedure. After completion, an anti-cellulite or moisturizer is applied.
How to choose honey
Only natural honey is used, otherwise the whole procedure will be meaningless. Any varieties are suitable (flower, buckwheat, sweet clover, and others). There is one proven way to test nectar for quality – iodine. By adding a drop to a spoonful of the product, you can determine its composition. Good honey will not change color. Coloring in blue indicates the presence of starch in it, hissing – chalk. If a white precipitate forms, go too far with sugar.
How to properly wrap the film
Before applying honey, the skin must be treated. For this, a body scrub, peels, applying a hot wet towel to the problem area are suitable. After removing the remaining scrubbing, apply the composition and apply two to three layers of cling film. It should not fit too tightly, as blood flow can be disrupted, which in turn can cause dizziness and nausea.
Slimming Honey Wrap Recipes
The properties of this natural product are successfully used in anti-cellulite honey wraps. There are many recipes for this cosmetic procedure.
The classic honey wrap is the simplest and most common method that can be used to lose weight. It does not require additional components. Honey is applied to the previously prepared skin area. It cannot be too liquid or very dense, it must lie in an even layer. A cling film is wound on top, a warming bandage is applied. Both hot and cold wraps are carried out for up to 1,5 hours.
With coffee grounds
The honey-coffee wrap has a tonic effect on the skin. Coffee and honey enhance metabolic processes. The mixture is taken in proportions of one to two (one part coffee, two parts honey). To achieve the effect, it is better to use ground coffee beans. Both cold and hot compresses are very useful. The duration of the procedure is 1 hour.
With mustard and honey
Wrapping with mustard and honey requires caution. If you overdo it with mustard powder, you can get severe burns. You need to prepare for the procedure in advance. To do this, in a day, a mixture of two tablespoons of mustard, juice of half a lemon, two teaspoons of sugar, half a teaspoon of salt is poured with hot water. Before applying the application, two tablespoons of the bee product and one tablespoon of cream are mixed into the composition. Honey and mustard interact with each other to open pores, forcing the skin to breathe. It is saturated with oxygen, puffiness goes away. To avoid burns, it is advisable to make such compresses cold. The duration of the procedure with good tolerance is 1 hour.
If you want your skin to become satin, like the skin of the Egyptian queen Cleopatra, use milk and honey wraps. Any type of honey is suitable, it is mixed with milk in proportions of two to one. The duration of this very pleasant procedure is 1,5 hours.
Honey and salt are favorite ingredients in spa treatments. It is better if the salt is sea salt. The components are mixed in equal parts. Hot compresses are most effective. Gently rub the mixture with massage movements, after a while, apply a film, cover with a warm blanket. The honey-salt wrap lasts 1 hour.
The honey and cinnamon wraps can be maximized by adding ginger to the mixture. Add half a teaspoon of grated ginger, half a teaspoon of cinnamon to a warm bee product (two tablespoons). Mix well and apply a compress. Duration – 1 hour.
Honey clay wraps are also very popular with beautiful skin lovers. Use blue or black clay. The mask can be applied all over the body. It is good to wrap the abdomen with such a composition. Both hot and cold compresses can be used. Honey and clay are taken in equal proportions, diluted with mineral water. Clay applications perfectly smooth skin stretch marks. To increase the benefits, you can drop a couple of drops of essential oils. Duration – 1,5 hours.
Use essential oils
Essential oils moisturize and nourish the skin. A mixture of two tablespoons of honey, one tablespoon of olive oil and one teaspoon of any essential oil will not only have a pronounced anti-cellulite effect, but also have a general tonic effect on the entire body.
Cosmetologists recommend adding five to six drops of citrus plant oils to honey wrap mixtures. The oils of coniferous trees, juniper, geranium will also have a beneficial effect on the work of all body systems.
Honey wraps are often a pleasant and always useful procedure if there are no obvious contraindications. Use the invaluable gift of nature – be healthy and beautiful!