Most people look at raw honey and think “healthy sweetener,” but you might be surprised to learn that the ingredients found in raw honey have tons of skin benefits too! That’s why you'll find honey in many skin-care products made today. (Our retail store has samples of some excellent hive-based skin and hair care products.)
Made by the alchemy of bees collecting nectar, pollen, and resins from plants, honey helps moisturize skin and fight aging and bacteria. It’s also loaded with nutrients, antioxidants, and healing compounds.
Try the following honey facial tips for your very own at-home spa treatment. Your skin will thank you for the extra moisture and improved appearance!
1. Moisturizing Mask
Honey is a natural humectant, meaning it draws moisture from the air and retains it in the layers of the skin where it’s needed most for penetrating, long-lasting hydration.
Try it: Spread one teaspoon raw honey on clean, dry skin, and let it sit for 15-20 minutes. Rinse with tepid water.
2. Pore Cleanser
The enzymes in raw honey clarify skin and keep pores clear and clean. Plus, the antibacterial properties of honey and jojoba or coconut oil are also good for preventing bacterial buildup that can lead to skin imbalances and breakouts.
Try it: Stir together one tablespoon raw honey and two tablespoons jojoba oil or coconut oil until the mixture is a spreadable consistency. Apply to clean, dry skin. Massage gently in a circular motion, avoiding your eye area. Rinse with tepid water.
3. Gentle Exfoliator
Honey is loaded with antioxidants, enzymes, and other nutrients that nourish, cleanse, and hydrate skin. Baking soda, meanwhile, is a gentle, natural exfoliator that removes dead skin cells, allowing new cells to emerge for a radiant complexion.
Try it: Mix two tablespoons honey with one tablespoon baking soda. Splash your skin with water, then gently rub the concoction on your face or body in a circular motion. Rinse well.
4. Scar Fader
Honey is said to lighten skin, and its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial compounds help to decrease the appearances of scars and increase healing and tissue regeneration. The hydrating properties of honey and coconut oil or olive oil will also help revive skin cells, while regular, gentle massaging will increase circulation to aid skin recovery and cell turnover.
Try it: Mix one teaspoon raw honey with one teaspoon coconut oil or olive oil. Apply to the affected area, and massage with the tips of your fingers in a circular motion for one to two minutes. Place a hot washcloth over your skin, and let sit until cool. Repeat daily.
5. Sunburn Treatment
Honey restores hydration to the deepest layers of sun-exposed skin—and both honey and aloe vera contain powerful anti-inflammatories to calm burned skin and aid recovery.
Try it: Mix one part raw honey with two parts pure aloe vera gel. Apply to sunburned skin.
6. Acne Treatment
Honey contains antibacterial and antifungal properties that can thwart the bacteria that often leads to breakouts. Its anti-inflammatory properties will calm redness and irritation.
Try it: Apply a dab of raw honey to affected areas, and sit for 10-15 minutes. Rinse with tepid water.