*Skin and Beauty Series* + The Benefits of Honey on Your Skin

Monday, March 25, 2013



With spring now in full swing I decided it was time to spruce up my blog and bring back the skin care tip of the week series, but with a twist.  I will now be including beauty related topics in this series as well.  There will be a variety of new topics covered including everything from (strange) hair removal techniques to how to extend your eyelashes naturally.  Nothing beauty or skin related will be off limits.  It's going to be fun and hopefully you learn or are inspired to try a new thing or two along the way.

One of the best parts about being a licensed esthetican is being able to continue to learn about new beauty and skin care advancements. What that said, some of the best beauty tips are the ones that are tried and true and have been around for ages.  Take honey for example. 

Using honey as a beauty secret dates all the way back to Cleopatra who used to take baths filled with it.  The lady was onto something.  This sticky (yummy) stuff is so incredibly good for your skin. 

Now the whole idea of slathering your face with something super sticky may not seem appealing but once you discover all the wonderful benefits of raw honey you are going to want to try it out for yourself. 

Why putting honey on your face is a good idea:
  • It is suitable for all skin types, even sensitive. 
  • It acts as an antibacterial and anti-fungal agent and helps disinfect and speed the healing process of acne.  
  • It soaks up impurities and helps detoxify your skin.
  • It is loaded with antioxidants (aka the good stuff your face wants) and helps restore damaged and wrinkled skin. 
  • It is incredibly moisturizing, but will not break out you.
  • It naturally cleans your skin and leaves it super soft.
How should you use it?
All you need to get started is a jar or bottle of pure (nothing else added) raw honey.  I like to use raw creamy honey (I feel like it's a little less sticky).  Slather it on your face and leave it on for 10-15 minutes.  Remove with warm water and a super soft cotton washcloth.  Follow up with a moisturizer.  You will love how radiant and soft your skin will look and feel post honey treatment.  If you are looking to make improvements with your skin, a honey mask is good to do 3 times a week.

For more mask ideas you can try:
Green Clay Mask 
DIY Vitamin C Mask
Revitalizing Seaweed Mask
Rejuvenating Green Tea Matcha Mask

Have you tried incorporating honey into your beauty regime before?  I would love to hear your experience if so.


42 comments:

Krysta said...

Love this!

Janika R. said...

I use honey in my face packs and it works.:)

http://lovelybusybee.blogspot.com/

fifi said...

I can't wait to try this! looking forward to how to extand your lashes naturally!!

Natalia said...

Love this series! So glad it's back!

Lindsay said...

I have GOT to try this :) Love your beauty tips! Hope you had a great weekend.

Emily B said...

Definitely trying this!

christina said...

i love honey and brown sugar as a scrub!

Brittany said...

I use a honey/brown sugar scrub (applied very gently) on my face for an exfoliator and love it. Thanks for bringing back the skin care tips!

Meghan @ More from Meg said...

Love this post - I am definitely going to try this! Thanks for sharing :)

Michelle Annett said...

love this! I can't wait to try it!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for posting, it couldn't have came at a better time. I recently got introduced to honey as a face wash/mask and I love it and my acne breakout have decreased. Last weekend I got a facial and the esthetician asked what I use and the whole bit. I told her about the honey and she said her concern is that bc honey has antibacterial properties my face will become prone to it and it will stop being effective. What are your thoughts about that? then she introduced to Emenince organic line and said the probiatic face wash would be great. Not sure if she was being genuine or if it was "selling"

Laura Ann said...

This sounds so good (and yummy). I'm gonna try to find the same thing at my Trader Joes.

Samantha Hill said...

I'm excited for more skin care posts. Your blog has educated me so much about how to deal with my oily/acneic skin. So thank you.

Now are far as your first line about how spring is in full swing- I had to snarl a bit at that. I live in Chicago and it's 30 degrees here and my family in Indiana is snowed in with over 10". Spring hasn't even started for most of us. Not that it's your fault. I'm just sad we don't have beautiful weather like where you live. Lucky duck.

Katie said...

i love honey!
I make a lemon and honey mask that is great for my skin!
XOXO,
KT
Sequins,Mint&Makeup

Michelle {lovely little things} said...

I've never tried honey before, interesting!

Jasmin S. said...

I never heard that before!! Can't wait to try it at home :)
Greets from Salzburg, Austria!
Jasmin..*

Ambria Haught said...

Yeay, Skin Care Tips are back and their better than ever!! I was on a website once and found a recipe for a honey and rose water mask that's supposed to leave your skin smoother and leave you left stressed, but I used raw honey instead and it worked fantastic!! Here's the link if you want it:

https://pixiwishes.jux.com/doityourselfprojects/487644 :)

Brooke Carroll said...

Can you use all of these masks if you are nursing? My son is 9 months old...but my skin needs some major help. Thank you for posting!

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Brooke- all the masks listed above are completely safe to use while nursing :)

Anonymous- I think she may have just been trying to sell you a few products ;) BUT with that said...Emenince is a GREAT product line and I actually use a few of their products in my own skin care regime.

Brooke Carroll said...

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma, thank you so much. I appreciate you responding :-) I love keeping up with your blog. Very informative and I feel like I learn something new each time. Keep up the great work :-)

Jennifer @ Delightfully Noted said...

Yay! I was just thinking about your skin series the other day! I admit I never tried the honey thing just bc it seem like a mess but if it could really benefit my skin I may as well give it a try!

Diane said...

Oh I LOVE my manuka honey and baking soda. I use honey in the morning and evening, and honey and baking soda after workouts to really clean deep. I used to break out terribly and I tried everything. Even the oil cleansing method didn't help. Honey saved the day, now except for the occasional zit along my jaw I am spot free and get a lot of compliments on my skin now.

jessica {creative index} said...

I love honey masks! They make my skin feel amazing!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for responding. I was afraid that the honey would stop being effective and I was hoping that wouldn't be the case bc it is so easy to find and it's crazy afordable. I am telling you all that the honey thing works for acne. This has been the best thing I have used for it.

Thank you
Mica

Heather said...

I tried this for the first time yesterday because the sticky factor. It actually wasn't to bad, but I added in organic yogurt and a few drops of lemon. Made a nice soothing mask that helped hormonally broken out skin around my chin.

lostsentiments said...

Thank you so much for sharing this and your research :) I pinned this and will defiinitele be trying this in the near future. :) I'll be 30 this year and I'm still fighting problematic skin, but I haven't tried this yet! :) ~Dawn

Selidji said...

Thanks for the tip! What brand of Honey will you recommend???

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Selidji- the brand shown above is from Trader Joes and I love it! I also buy honey locally from the farmers market.

Jo-Anna@APrettyLife said...

Oh my this sounds amazing! Trying it tomorrow!

azra said...

Please remember raw honey isnt suitable for everyone
I am highly allergic to it - think itchy red skin and if I ingest it itching palms and throat and swollen tongue. Manuka honey or pasturised honey works for me. Great blog btw :)

Alison Clarke said...

My mother uses honey for her facial care and it didn't take much time for me to be following her advice. I am researching about such natural products like coffee, honey, lime etc which are beneficial for skin.

Regards,
Alison
obagi nu derm starter kit

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this! I've been breaking out horribly the last couple weeks (I think I've narrowed it down to the Neutrogena face bar I decided to try). Anyway, I read this and decided to give the honey a go. Huge improvement within 24 hours. I've been doing it every few days since and my skin is almost completely clear. =)

Lesa Mitchell said...

I so love everything here, thanks for sharing such helpful skin care technique. Lesa Mitchell blog review

glory sparkles said...

Very interesting

Anonymous said...

I just tried a honey-baking soda DIY mask. All I can say is... WOW! I've had acne since I hit puberty (I'm now in my late 20's), and I've tried almost everything short of accutaine, blood pressure pills, and laser treatments. My skin looks amazing, and the treatment is affordable. I love the instant results. There's no waiting around for 40 days for the medicine to stop making me break out more (yeah right, that stuff never ended up working for me), and no flaky peeling skin. One tip, you might want to have a towel nearby to wipe off the mask if it drips on your lips... baking soda tastes gross.

Anonymous said...

Awesome! I've been using organic raw honey for just over a year now (btw same brand from Trader Joes...yippee...love it) and it's amazing the difference in my face. I use it every night as a mask. I some times mix in a bit of avocado and boy my face feels incredible soft afterwards. I will never buy those expensive products again!! As you mentioned and true...less acne, softness, reduction of pores and best of all the wrinkles seem to be less obvious. Also good as a detox morning facial refresh after a wine night with the girlfriends...haha. Anyway, thank you to the humble bumblebees for your amazing pure love and joy.

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Regular exercise, drinking adequate water, avoiding excess sun-exposure, cleaning, toning and moisturizing your skin daily and regularly, good hygiene practices, a healthy lifestyle (no late hours, no cigarettes, no liquor, etc.), skin exfoliation 1-3 times a week will erase wrinkles and lines, and help you look young.

Linda Knapp said...

I make a honey, lemon and black tea mask. Love the way it softens and cleanses my skin! Sometimes, if I have it, I add a little crushed pineapple - it works great! It also lightens age and old acne spots. Crushed pineapple and black tea mixed together is also good for under eye circles. I don't put the honey in for under eye area - it pulls too much.

Linda Knapp said...

I make a honey, lemon and black tea mask. Love the way it softens and cleanses my skin! Sometimes, if I have it, I add a little crushed pineapple - it works great! It also lightens age and old acne spots. Crushed pineapple and black tea mixed together is also good for under eye circles. I don't put the honey in for under eye area - it pulls too much.

Rachel Sun said...

My favorite diy mask is honey and aspirin. You just dissolve a few aspirin in a little water and add a teaspoon of honey. You leave it 10-15 minutes then rinse it off. It's gently exfoliating and moisturizing, and my skin feels amazing after!

Anonymous said...

Try Mama's Sweet Bee Magic! Sold over net or health food stores.

Abigail Gunther said...

Love this. eyelashes, natural

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