Honey and Skin

Honey and skin have made the perfect pair throughout history

Honey is a great natural skin care product. Throughout history beauties from Cleopatra to the Duchess of Cornwall have used raw honey and or bee venom as part of their skin and hair care treatments for that youthful glow.

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  • Honey contains antioxidants and flavonoids that may function in a good way. Honey is a natural humectant, a moisturizer that attracts and seals moisture on dry and parched skin without making it oily.
  • Providing a calming effect, honey has been used in many commercial moisturizing products including cleansers, creams, shampoos, shower gels, and conditioners.
  • And it may even help a little with cellulite! (Well, sort of) Coffee has been proven (on some level-don’t get crazy on me) to shrink cellulite. Read more on cellulite and follow this recipe:

DIY Coffee Scrub

Grounded Scrub is made is real coffee grounds, plant butters, and coffee extracts for an awakening, invigorating scrub.
  • Ingredients:
  • 1/2 c fresh coffee grounds
  • 1/2 c of sunflower oil
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1/2 c brown sugar

Directions: Place all the ingredients in a bowl and stir to mix: Then, take yourself to the shower and start scrubbin’. It is coarse, so expect your skin to turn a little pink or red. Don’t worry about this though: this is caused by increased circulation to your skin. I definitely notice softer skin, though apparently you have to do this rather consistently to get any kind of significant cellulite reduction.

DIY Honey Body Scrub in bowl

Rub-a-dub-dub…it’s a scrub

In or out of the tub, licensed massage therapist Karen Lee Miller touts the benefits of DIY honey body scrub-making (and even includes us in her recipe!). She points out:

“There are all sorts of salt and sugar scrubs on the market averaging $20-30, or you can save money (about 2/3 the cost) and make your own honey body scrub.

Karen Lee Miller

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Hair, hair!! 

The National Honey Board is a great site to find all types of honey-oriented recipes and uses. This scalp treatment is fast, easy and cost-effective:

4 tablespoons  honey
10 tablespoons white vinegar
2 cups water

Directions: In a large bowl, add honey, white vinegar and water. Mix until thoroughly combined. Apply this solution as a last step to usual hair regimen when showering. Leave on for 5 minutes and rinse out with warm water to achieve vitalized and radiant hair. Dry and style hair per usual.

Clearly You’s Kathleen McCoy, professional beauty, education and healthcare analyst, identified other scientifically-verified health benefits of honey and bee products

McCoy notes that:

  • Honey can help treat kids’ nocturnal coughs more effectively than commonly-used Dextromethorphan;
  • Honey helps faster healing by decreasing inflammation, especially on head and neck wounds;
    One diluted bee venom injection temporarily improves chronic pain, and may help in chronic pain management;
  • Royal jelly protects cells against nicotine and smoking damage;
  • Hippocrates used bee venom for medical treatments because it contained mellitinin, an anti-inflammatory agent hundreds of times stronger than cortisone.
Three crazy gals using Waxing Kara Haute Cocoa Mask

More Honey and Beauty Recipes
Five ways to use lavender
4 DIY honey face masks
Treating Problem Skin with Honey
Benefits of Cocoa on your Body, Brain and Skin

About the Author


Kara waxes about the bees, creates and tests recipes with her friend Joyce, and does her best to share what she’s learned and continues to learn about the bees, honey, ingredients we use and more.

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