Honey and beeswax are a major component in a number of lip balms and body lotions, but if you have some honey at home you don't have to spend a lot of money on a commercial product to get the benefits. Here's how to make your own lip balm at home on the cheap, and how to use a little dab of honey to relieve irritated, dry, or cracked skin in just minutes.
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The folks at Greatist tipped us off to this one. The lip balm concoction requires a few more ingredients -- they suggest sweet almond oil and some beeswax for consistency. Mix together into a paste and apply to your chapped, peeling lips for instant relief. If you have the ingredients already, this won't cost a cent -- you can even buy honey with the comb still in it if you prefer.
The dry skin tip, on the other hand, is even easier to apply: just use a little dab of honey to your super-dry, irritated, or inflamed skin and leave on for about a half-hour. Wash it off before it gets too sticky and you should see immediate improvements.
Honey is well known for its health benefits and these are just a few interesting applications if you're more likely to have a jar of honey than a big bottle of lotion or tube of lip balm nearby -- or if you just want a natural alternative to other products. Still, I prefer honey in my tea. Do you have any interesting uses for honey? Let us know in the comments below.
Soothe Dry Skin with Honey (and Other Tips) [Greatist]