5 Ways to Use Honey in Your Skin Care Routine

BY Christina Heiser · July 25, 2017

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You know that adding a drizzle of honey to your tea or yogurt is an easy way to sweeten things up, but did you know that honey, when applied topically, also has some awesome skin care benefits?

“Honey is a natural antibacterial and antiviral ingredient,” says New York-based board-certified dermatologist Debbie Palmer. “It’s also a humectant. It draws moisture to the air to keep skin moist.” Dr. Palmer adds that honey has antioxidant properties as well, so it has the ability to calm skin inflammation.

As far as how to use this buzzed-about ingredient in your skin care routine, here are five suggestions for using honey on your skin from Dr. Palmer:

  1. If you have a pimple…

    Apply a dab onto the blemish for five minutes then rinse it off to calm some of the inflammation.

  2. If you have a sunburn…

    Soothe the pain and keep the area moisturized by adding a little honey into your aloe vera lotion before slathering it on.

  3. If you have dry skin…

    Since honey is a humectant (meaning it retains moisture), try squeezing a dollop of it to your bath to hydrate parched skin.

  4. If you have oily skin…

    Mix honey with baking soda to create a pore cleanser that won’t leave your face overly dry.

  5. If you have ragged cuticles…

    Get your nails ready for their #ManiMonday close-up by mixing honey with coconut oil and rubbing it onto dry cuticles.

Of course, applying honey directly to your skin can get a little sticky. If you don’t want to worry about having to deal with any cleanup, reap the benefits by using one of the following products instead.

1. To Calm Sensitive and Inflamed Skin: Hey Honey Relax Propolis and Honey Soothing Cream

Smooth on this ultra-nourishing moisture with propolis (another substance that bees produce), honey extracts, aloe vera and honeysuckle extracts to fight inflammation and redness.

2. To Smooth Out Rough Skin: Sanitas Milk & Honey Sugar Scrub

As this body exfoliator proves, milk and honey pair together like PB&J. The sugar granules in the formula slough off dead skin cell buildup, while the milk proteins and raw, sustainable honey offer major moisturization.

3. To Thoroughly Hydrate Skin: The Organic Pharmacy Honey & Jasmine Mask

If your skin is feeling dehydrated, using a face mask could be just what you need to revitalize your complexion. This mask is packed full of moisturizing ingredients like honey, shea butter, jojoba oil, coconut oil and aloe vera.

4. To Mend Dry and Cracked Heels: FarmHouse Fresh Honey Heel Glaze

Toes not exactly looking sandal-ready? It’s time to get ’em in tip-top condition! This foot moisturizer is formulated with honey to draw in moisture, pineapple extracts to exfoliate dead skin cells and aloe vera to relieve irritation.

Christina Heiser

By day, Christina Heiser is a senior editor for L’Oréal Paris. By night, she’s a freelance beauty, health, and wellness writer for a variety of online publications like NBC News Better and What’s Good by The Vitamin Shoppe. Outside of the offi... Read More >

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