You don't have to spend a fortune to have a gorgeous, youthful-looking complexion. Try out these easy recipes to reveal your most beautiful appearance.

By Jennifer Aldrich
Updated December 03, 2020
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Honey isn't just a sweet addition to your morning cup of tea. It's also an excellent ingredient to add to your skincare routine, according to Cleveland Clinic. Honey is hydrating, anti-inflammatory, and also has bacteria-fighting benefits. Thanks to its antioxidant properties, it can also help your acne (or maskne), wrinkles, and moisturize your skin. Plus, it can open up your pores to get rid of impurities such as dirt, grime, oil, and makeup. No matter what skin concerns you have, this sweet ingredient is the perfect addition to your beauty routine.

The pandemic is causing most of us to stay at home, but luckily, you can get spa-like treatments right at home thanks to honey. (Plus, it's much more affordable than the pricey services from a pro.) Here's your guide to finding the right type of honey for your issues, plus seven treatments you can do from the comfort of your own bathroom.

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Selecting Honey

When shopping for honey to use in your skincare routine, look for varieties with a thick, gel-like consistency, such as Manuka honey ($23, Target), from New Zealand, or raw honey  ($7, Target). These kinds of honey offer the best nutrients and antioxidants, says Jeannette Graf, a dermatologist based in Great Neck, New York.

Recipes to Try

To give your skin a healthy glow, any bee would be envious of, try the following honey-based skincare recipes to help you look and feel your best. They're easy and fun to make, smell super sweet, and best of all, have great results. Just decide which one you want to try first, and mix up a fabulous new skincare product.

Candied Pumpkin Body Scrub

Jenny Duranski, the creator of this recipe and owner of Lena Rose Natural Beauty, a green beauty boutique and organic spa in Chicago, reports that this body scrub contains healing and moisturizing vitamins, such as A, C, and E. The scrub also contains skin-soothing minerals, including zinc, potassium, and magnesium.

What You Need:

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon almond oil or grapeseed oil
  • 1 tablespoon organic cane sugar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon organic pumpkin powder or pumpkin puree (if using puree, add 1 tablespoon more of cane sugar to make sure your scrub is not too wet)
  • 1 teaspoon ginger granules or crystallized ginger

How to Make:

Hand mix ingredients to make your body scrub. You want the consistency of cookie dough—not too wet and not too dry. Apply in quarter size amounts in the shower using circular motions to stimulate blood flow. Be careful, though, as the oil will make the shower slippery.

Honey Face Mask

According to Cecilia Wong, celebrity facialist and spa owner in New York City, this honey face mask helps decrease inflammation, hydrate your skin, relieve redness, and increase circulation. Plus, the ingredients are chock-full of skin-loving nutrients.

What You Need:

  • 1 teaspoon raw honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of turmeric

How to Make It:

Mix all ingredients well together in a bowl. Apply to face for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

Honey Body Scrub

You can use Wong's honey body scrub to promote blood circulation, break down cellulite and stretch marks, and hydrate dry patches.

What You Need:

  • 2 tablespoons raw honey
  • 2 tablespoons organic raw sugar
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • Juice of half a lime

How to Make It:

Mix well in a bowl. Apply to the body in the shower and massage gently in a circular motion. Rinse thoroughly.

Exfoliating Honey Face Mask

Also from Wong's collection of sweet skincare ideas, this exfoliating honey face mask decreases inflammation and redness, cleanses pores, and lessens the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. With Omegas 3, 6, and 9 fatty acids, it's a great way to provide your skin nutrients.

What You Need:

  • 2 tablespoons raw honey
  • 2 tablespoons rose tea (brew a cup of rose tea and let it cool)
  • 1/4 cup oatmeal
  • 3 drops rosehip oil

How to Make It:

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix to a paste. Apply to face for 10 minutes. Rinse with tepid water.

DIY Lip Mask

Joanna Vargas, a celebrity esthetician, likes to use this DIY lip mask. It has just two ingredients, and chances are, you already have both items at home.

What You Need:

  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey

How to Make It:

Combine the ingredients in a small bowl and stir until smooth. Massage on and around lips, and leave on for 5 minutes.

This moisturizing and antibacterial balm can help soothe dry, chapped lips by restoring your skin's lipid layer, plus its anti-inflammatory properties ease irritation.

Wrinkle Reducing Eye Mask

Yogurt is a great anti-inflammatory, and pineapple provides exfoliation enzymes, which makes this mask particularly gentle. Plus, the addition of hydrating honey helps to soothe tired eyes. Vargas recommends applying this mixture around your eyes and on crow's feet, but not on your eyelids.

What You Need:

  • 1/2 cup blended pineapple
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon yogurt

How to Make It:

Mix the ingredients (using your hands works best) and apply around your eyes, avoiding the lids. Leave the mask on for 10-15 minutes and then rinse.

Pre-Event Mask

Even though we're not gathering right now, you can still try out this mask for flawless skin that will make your look party-ready. Exfoliation and hydration are the keys to glowing skin. And with this mask, your skin will feel revived and refreshed and ready for your big event. Vargas calls on hydrating honey, the anti-inflammatory properties of milk, and the gentle exfoliation of brown sugar to create this scrub, which can be used on your face or body.

What You Need:

  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

How to Make It:

Mix the ingredients together by hand and gently scrub into the skin. Let sit for 3-10 minutes. Then rinse off.


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