It seems like such a simple – even “basic” – ingredient, but honey is essentially liquid gold when it comes to skincare. The sticky sweet stuff has been used in beauty for centuries, dating all the way back to Cleopatra, who used the ingredient herself.
Honey isn’t just one of those make-shift “maybe it’ll work” home remedy ingredients, either. Numerous scientific studies, including this one from 2012 and this one from 2013 have confirmed that honey is a hero ingredient in dermatology. It’s anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and extremely moisturizing and nourishing; making it an amazing for both dry skin and acne-prone skin. If you’re keen on slathering yourself with honey, start with one of these well-reviewed products below.
Lancôme Miel-En-Mousse Makeup Remover with Acacia Honey
We can’t say enough nice things about Lancôme’s Miel-En-Mousse Makeup Remover, $40, an oil-based cleanser that’s formulated with acacia honey and floral extracts. It’s a luxury buy, for sure, but it offers a luxury experience that’ll have you looking forward to your nightly face wash routine. To use, dispense the product onto your fingers and then massage onto dry skin. It creates the most beautiful lather, and you can practically feel it picking up the day’s grime. Rinsing is a breeze, and your skin is left silky soft and hydrated.
Dr Roebuck’s Tama Healing Mask
If you’ve been paying attention to trendy skincare ingredients, then you may recognize that Dr Roebuck’s Tama Healing Mask, $28, contains a lot of them. In addition to manuka honey, it’s formulated with skin-renewing turmeric, ultra-hydrating avocado oil, and exfoliating kaolin clay. All skin types can use it, but it’s especially great for those with dull, dry, or uneven skin tones who are looking for a complexion pick-me-up.
Knours. Sweet Enough Rescue Mask
Knours. is a relatively new brand that prides itself on using vegan and natural ingredients. Their Sweet Enough Rescue Mask, $6, boasts an exciting list of ingredients, including honey, calming rose water, soothing cica, niacinamide (B3), and a host of natural extracts. Not all sheet masks are made with such care, and this one’s a winner.
Farmacy Honeymoon Glow
If you’re in the market for a new at-home acid treatment, Farmacy’s Honeymoon Glow, $58, is def worth looking into. It’s a recent launch from the brand that’s quickly risen to fame for its miracle-working ways. Honeymoon Glow is a strong, but still gentle, night serum that contains a 14% AHA/BHA/flower acid blend that helps refine pores, improve tone, and boost glow. It tingles slightly when you put it on (in a good way) and makes a noted difference even after one use. Many have compared it to Sunday Riley’s Good Genes, $105, claiming it’s actually the better of the two.
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Marin Bee Honey Polish
Dry elbows, cracked heels, or dull skin got you down? A little honey-infused polish might get you out of that rut. Marin’s Bee Honey Polish, $38, can be applied on all the above and anywhere else that could use some exfoliation. It contains one-third California wild honey, along with olive oil, sunflower seed oil, aloe leaf powder, and kernal flour.
Booth Honey Almond Body Butter
After scrubbing, follow up with a rich cream to infuse and lock in moisture. C. Booth’s Honey Almond Body Butter, $8, not only does so effectively, but it does so at a pretty sweet price. This one’s mildly scented, not too heavy, non-greasy, and easily melts into skin.
CosRx Honey Ceramide Full Moisture Cream
Last on our list is CosRx’s Honey Ceramide Full Moisture Cream, $26, which combines the magnificent powers of both manuka honey and ceramides to help repair and nourish your face. Not sure what ceramides do? Let us explain. Think of your skin cells as bricks and consider ceramides the cement that holds them together. As we get older, our body stops producing as many ceramides, which can result in skin laxity, dullness, and poor texture. By adding ceramides to your regimen, you can bolster your skin’s barrier for a brighter, firmer, more hydrated complexion.
Do you guys love honey as much as we do? Check out this super easy honey face mask DIY for glowing skin:
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DIY Turmeric face mask! Great for acne and dark circles! Turmeric has amazing antioxidant properties! It reduces inflammation and redness, promotes skin healing, and softens lines and wrinkles. Here’s the recipe for this Amazing ACNE fighter: Ingredients 1 teaspoon of turmeric 1 teaspoon of raw organic honey 1 teaspoon of natural yoghurt 1 teaspoon of lemon juice-optional (great for lightening the skin and fighting oil) Put all the ingredients into a small bowl & mix together well. You can adjust the amount of the yogurt you use to make the thickness as you like but make sure it’s a firm paste that will stick to your face. Turmeric is a dye and it can stain anything, so you don’t want it dripping off your face. Apply the mask evenly all over your face! Let the mask dry on your face for 20 minutes and then wash it off with cool water. Dry your face gently with a face towel. You can repeat this mask ever few weeks. The only side effect is that turmeric will turn your skin a little yellow since it is a dye but that can be cleared using a cotton pad and facial toner. Turmeric is a good antioxidant, and an anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial agent. Honey is a great moisturizer & yogurt is a great exfoliator! #DIY #acne
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