How to Use Honey for Glowing Skin and Gorgeous Hair


Many consider honey to be the ‘Nectar of the Gods’ and rightly so, as it has been an elixir of health and beauty since ancient times.

While we won’t go into the health benefits of honey at the moment, let us take a look at its beauty applications, which are in no short supply.

The goodness of honey goes far and beyond, as it has many nutrients, antioxidants and other health-promoting properties that make it quite suitable for skin and hair care.

intro honey for hair and skin

It is a natural humectant, which means it readily attracts moisture and helps keep your skin and hair hydrated. It is an anti-inflammatory and extremely soothing, and its mild antibacterial properties provide gentle protection to the skin and scalp. The antioxidants help maintain overall skin health by nourishing and protecting it from free-radical damage.

If you’ve ever dealt with honey, you know it is a sticky, sweet, viscous mess. But honey-based recipes with added natural ingredients make it easier to help spread it around.

We have rounded up some easy DIY honey recipes to help you use it for gorgeous hair and skin. These recipes will help you deal with a lot of issues – like banishing dandruff, tackling acne, healing sunburned skin, or just making your hair soft as silk and getting baby soft skin.

Contents

Use for Gorgeous Hair

A honey-based hair care regime is the perfect way to undo the damage from all the coloring and styling of your hair as well as preventing undue hair loss. Honey shampoo and conditioner can help you through the regular detoxing process, while the hair mask will give your hair that extra gloss that you desire.

Method 1: Hair Mask

This hair mask softens and conditions your hair and is perfect to revive dull and dry hair.

Honey acts as a humectant and helps keep the hair shafts hydrated, while apple cider vinegar removes product buildup in the hair. Coconut oil will provide additional nourishment and moisture to your hair.

Things you’ll need:

things you'll need to make hair mask using honey

  • Raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar (cleanses and conditions) – 1 tablespoon
  • Honey (acts as humectant) – 1 cup
  • Coconut oil (moisturizes and nourishes) – ¼ cup

Step 1. Combine the ingredients in a jar

combine the ingredients ina jar

  • Pour 1 cup of honey into a jar.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar.
  • Add in ¼ cup of coconut oil.

Step 2. Mix well and use once or twice a month

mix them well

  • Mix the ingredients well using a stick mixer or blender.
  • Work the hair mask into damp hair as you would a shampoo.
  • Let it sit for 20 to 30 minutes before rinsing it out with warm water.
  • Using this hair mask once or twice a month regularly will provide great results.
  • Stored in an airtight jar in a cool and dry place, the mask should keep well for 1 month.

Method 2: Shampoo

This honey-based shampoo is extremely gentle yet effective. If your hair isn’t responding well to commercial shampoos, try this DIY honey shampoo for a complete hair detox to get a lush, long mane.

Coconut milk, which serves as the base of the shampoo, nourishes the hair and will help keep dandruff at bay. Honey will keep your hair soft and moisturized through the day.

Apple cider vinegar removes dirt, grease and product buildup from the hair. Castor oil, vitamin E oil and rosemary oil provide extra nourishment and also help keep the scalp healthy.

Things you’ll need:

things you'll need to make shampoo using honey

  • Coconut milk (provides nourishment, removes dandruff) – 1½ cups
  • Honey (acts as humectant) – 2 tablespoons
  • Raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar (cleanses and conditions) – 2 tablespoons
  • Castor oil (provides nourishment, prevents scalp problems) – ½ teaspoon
  • Vitamin E oil (provides nourishment, prevents scalp problems) – ½ teaspoon
  • Rosemary essential oil (provides nourishment, prevents scalp problems) – 5 or 6 drops

Step 1. Combine the ingredients

combine the ingredients

  • Pour 1½ cups of coconut milk into a jar or pitcher.
  • Add 2 tablespoons each of honey and apple cider vinegar to it.
  • Add ½ teaspoon each of castor oil and vitamin E oil as well.

Step 2. Add essential oil, mix well and use twice a week

add essential oil and mix well

  • Add 5 or 6 drops of rosemary essential oil and stir well to mix the ingredients together.
  • Pour the mixture into an airtight container for storing it.
  • The coconut milk makes the recipe perishable, so your DIY shampoo will keep well for about 4 to 5 days when stored in a cool and dry place. Make it in small batches that you can use up in 2 applications.
  • Use it twice a week as you would your normal shampoo. Simply work the DIY shampoo into your wet hair and rinse it out thoroughly with warm water.

final shampoo using honey

Method 3: Conditioner

If your current conditioner is not doing a good job of keeping your hair hydrated or if you’re dealing with frizzy hair, use this honey-based conditioner on your parched hair.

Honey makes for a really great detoxing hair conditioner, and coconut oil provides additional nourishment. Yogurt will nourish the hair and keep scalp problems at bay.

Things you’ll need:

things you'll need to make conditioner using honey

  • Honey (acts as humectant and conditioner) – ½ cup
  • Yogurt (provides nourishment, prevents scalp problems)– ½ cup
  • Coconut oil (moisturizes) – 1 tablespoon

Step 1. Combine the ingredients in a jar

combine the ingredients in a jar

  • Pour ½ cup of honey into a jar.
  • Add ½ cup of yogurt to it.
  • Add in 1 tablespoon of coconut oil.

Step 2. Mix well and use it to condition your hair twice a week

mix well with a blender

  • Use a stick mixer to mix the ingredients well. You can also use a blender.
  • Store the DIY conditioner in an airtight jar. When kept in a cool and dry place, it should keep well for about 1 month.
  • Apply the required amount into your clean and wet hair, let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes and rinse it out thoroughly with warm water.
  • You can use this DIY honey conditioner twice a week.

Use for Glowing Skin

Not only does honey act as a gentle humectant for the skin, its mild antibacterial and healing properties also make it useful for a variety of topical treatments – from simple exfoliation to healing acne.

Method 1: Face and Body Scrub

Exfoliation is an integral part of skin care and this has made sugar scrubs quite popular. A simple sugar and coconut oil scrub that also contains orange essential oil for its fragrance and antimicrobial properties works well.

However, exfoliation is best when complemented with proper hydration and moisturizing for a balanced skin care regimen. A honey-based body scrub provides additional nourishment and boosts its moisturizing properties.

Things you’ll need:

things you'll need to make face and body scrub

  • Honey (acts as humectant) – ¼ cup
  • Caster sugar (exfoliating agent) – ½ cup
  • Coconut oil (moisturizes) – 2 tablespoons
  • Orange essential oil (imparts fragrance, antimicrobial agent) – 5 or 6 drops

Step 1. Combine sugar and honey with the oils

mix sugar honey and oils

  • Put ½ cup of caster sugar into a small bowl.
  • Pour ¼ cup of honey into it.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of coconut oil to it.
  • Add in 5 or 6 drops of orange essential oil as well.

Step 2. Mix well, store and use the scrub for weekly exfoliation

mix well and store the scrub

  • Mix the ingredients well with a spoon.
  • Spoon the scrub into an airtight jar and store it in a cool and dry place for a long shelf life.
  • Use this scrub for weekly exfoliation to maintain soft and healthy skin.

final honey scrub for face and body

Method 2: Lip-Healing Agent

Honey is a natural humectant that is suitable for using on the delicate skin of the lips, and it can be very beneficial for healing chapped lips.

A hydrating honey scrub gently sloughs off the dead skin, while moisturizing the new skin and promoting healing. Follow this remedy with a nourishing lip balm for even better results.

Things you’ll need:

things you'll need to make lip healing agent using honey

  • Brown sugar (exfoliating agent) – 2 teaspoons
  • Honey (acts as humectant, healing agent) – 1 teaspoon
  • Olive oil (provides nourishment) – 1 teaspoon

Step 1. Combine the ingredients

combine honey brown dugar and olive oil

  • Put 2 teaspoons of brown sugar into a small bowl.
  • Add in 1 teaspoon each of honey and olive oil.
  • Mix the ingredients well to make a paste.

Step 2. Use the nourishing honey scrub daily to heal chapped lips

apply the scrub daily on chapped lips

  • Apply some of the paste on your lips.
  • Massage it over the lips using gentle pressure for about 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Resist the urge to lick the sweet scrub off your lips, as saliva contributes to chapped lips. Wipe off the scrub with a damp towel instead.
  • Use this scrub once a day regularly for 1 week. Your lips should improve significantly after 1 or 2 applications.

Method 3: Face Mask

If you need to look special for an event or just want to pamper yourself, this DIY honey face mask is what you need. Made with three simple and nourishing ingredients, this face mask is fairly easy to whip up and is especially beneficial for dry skin.

Use virgin coconut oil for best results. For the aloe vera, you can use either store-bought gel or extract fresh gel from aloe vera leaves.

Things you’ll need:

things you'll need to make face mask using honey

  • Honey (acts as humectant) – 1 cup
  • Virgin coconut oil (moisturizes) – 1 tablespoon
  • Aloe vera gel (provides nourishment) – 1 tablespoon

Step 1. Combine the ingredients in a jar

combine all the ingredients in a jar

  • Pour 1 cup of honey into a jar.
  • Add 1 tablespoon each of virgin coconut oil and aloe vera gel.

Step 2. Mix well, store & use the face mask twice a week

mix well and store the mask

  • Blend the ingredients together with a stick mixer.
  • Apply the face mask, let it sit for about 15 minutes and rinse it off with lukewarm water.
  • Store the DIY face mask in an airtight jar in a cool and dry place.
  • Apply this DIY honey facemask twice a week. If your skin is oily, apply it only once a week.
  • If you’re using fresh aloe vera gel, make a small batch that you can use up within 1 week. If you’re using packaged aloe vera gel, the shelf life of this mask can be extended to a few months.

Method 4: Acne Treatment

If you’re dealing with persistent acne and breakouts, a honey and cinnamon paste can be used as an effective remedy.

Both honey and cinnamon have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. While some good quality raw honey can heal acne on its own, adding cinnamon increases the potency of the remedy.

Note: If your skin feels sensitive to cinnamon, skip the spice and use plain honey to get rid of acne.

Things you’ll need:

things you'll need to for acne treatment using honey

  • Honey (anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties)
  • Cinnamon powder (anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties)
  • Cotton swabs

Step 1. Make a paste of honey and cinnamon

make a paste of honey and cinnamon

  • Put 1 part cinnamon powder and 2 parts honey in a small bowl.
  • Mix the ingredients well to make a paste.

Step 2. Apply the paste daily to cure acne

apply the paste on the acne

  • Wash your face with water and pat dry.
  • Use sterile cotton swabs to apply the honey-cinnamon paste as a spot treatment for acne. If the acne covers large areas on your face, you can also use this paste as a mask.
  • Let the paste sit for 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse it off with lukewarm water.
  • Repeat once a day for 1 week to clear up the acne on your face.

Method 5: Face Wash

Give this honey-based foaming face wash a try. Its gentle formula is suitable for most skin types and can help you tackle recurrent skin problems.

Castile soap is extremely gentle, but also an efficient cleaning agent. Honey and almond oil will keep your skin from drying out. Essential oil provides nourishment as well as fragrance. If your skin is extremely oily, you can skip the almond oil in the recipe.

Note: You may use filtered water instead of distilled water, but the shelf life of the face wash will be drastically shortened. Within a few days, the product will also develop mold and mildew.

Things you’ll need:

things you'll need to use honey for face wash

  • Honey (acts as humectant) – 2 tablespoons
  • Liquid Castile soap (gentle cleaning agent) – 2 tablespoons
  • Almond oil (provides nourishment) – ½ teaspoon
  • Distilled water (diluting medium) – 1 tablespoon
  • Lavender essential oil (imparts fragrance, antimicrobial agent) – 4 or 5 drops

Step 1. Put the ingredients in a jar

put honey liquid castile soap and almond oil in a jar

  • Pour 2 tablespoons each of honey and liquid Castile soap into a bowl or small jar.
  • Add ½ teaspoon of almond oil to it.

put honey liquid castile soap and almond oil in a jar

  • Pour 1 tablespoon of distilled water into it.
  • Add 4 or 5 drops of lavender or your choice of essential oil.

Step 2. Mix well, store in a pump bottle and use regularly

mix all the ingredients and store

  • Mix the ingredients well with a spoon.
  • Pour the DIY honey face wash into a sterile pump bottle for convenient use.
  • Use as you would your regular face wash.
  • If the processing and storing is clean and sterile, this DIY honey face wash should easily last for up to 6 months. For best results, make in small batches that you can use up within 6 months.

final face wash using honey

Method 6: Bath Soak

Bath soaks don’t just help you relax after a long day. They also help nourish your skin, alleviate sore muscles and even lull you to sleep.

This honey bath soak is extremely soothing and can help with heat rashes and other skin conditions. Oatmeal adds exfoliating properties to the soak. Epsom salt adds extra soothing properties.

Things you’ll need:

things you'll need to use honey for bath soak

  • Honey (acts as humectant, soothes the skin) – ¼ cup
  • Oatmeal, powdered (exfoliating agent, soothes the skin) – 1 cup
  • Epsom salt (soothing and relaxing) – 2 tablespoons

Step 1. Combine honey, oatmeal and Epsom salt

combine honey oatmeal and epsom salt

  • Put 1 cup of powdered oatmeal into a bowl.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of Epsom salt to it.
  • Pour in ¼ cup of honey.

Step 2. Mix thoroughly, store and use as desired

mix thoroughly and store

  • Stir the ingredients to mix them thoroughly.
  • Spoon the contents into an airtight container and use when needed. Honey and Epsom salt will help prolong the shelf life of this bath soak, but consider making fresh batches when required.
  • Mix the full batch into a bathtub filled with water and enjoy your soak.

final body soak using honey

Method 7: Cuticle Moisturizer

Neglecting your cuticles can result in torn cuticles and hangnails. Regular care and maintenance is crucial to keep the cuticles healthy. If your cuticles are dry and damaged, this honey-based cuticle moisturizer can work wonders.

Milk and olive oil provide additional nourishment to the skin, while milk along with lemon juice acts as a toner. This formula helps nourish as well as beautify the cuticles.

Things you’ll need:

things you'll need to use honey to make cuticle moisturizer

  • Honey (acts as humectant) – ½ cup
  • Milk (provides nourishment and acts as a toner) – ¼ cup
  • Olive oil (provides nourishment) – 1 tablespoon
  • Lemon juice (acts as toner) – 1 tablespoon

Step 1. Mix milk and olive oil

mix milk and oil

  • Pour ¼ cup of milk into a bowl.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to it.
  • Blend the ingredients together with a stick mixer.

Step 2. Add honey and lemon juice

add honey and lemon juice

  • Pour ½ cup of honey into the mixture.
  • Pour in 1 tablespoon of lemon juice as well.

Step 3. Mix well, store in a jar and use it once a day

mix well and store the moisturizer

  • Mix the ingredients thoroughly with a stick mixer.
  • Pour the moisturizer into an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator.
  • Massage your cuticles with the DIY cuticle moisturizer daily before going to bed. Whip up small batches that you can use up within 1 week, as milk and lemon juice make the recipe perishable.

final cuticle moisturizer

Method 8: Sunburn Treatment

The healing properties of raw honey are effective at treating sunburns. So if your beach day has you looking as red as a lobster, this honey recipe will immensely soothe your sunburned skin and promote healing.

Milk and lemon juice will act as a toner and help remove the tan on the sunburned skin.

Things you’ll need:

things you'll need to use honey for sunburn treatment

  • Honey (soothes skin, acts as healing agent) – 1 tablespoon
  • Lemon juice (removes suntan) – 1 tablespoon
  • Milk (soothes skin, acts as toner) – ½ cup

Step 1: Mix honey and milk

mix honey and milk

  • Pour ½ cup of milk into a bowl.
  • Add in 1 tablespoon of honey.

Step 2: Add lemon juice and apply the mix on sunburned skin

add lemon juice and mix

  • Add 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice.
  • Mix the ingredients thoroughly and apply on the sunburned skin to feel immediate relief.
  • Let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes, then rinse it off with cool water.
  • Repeat 2 or 3 times a day until the skin heals completely.
  • For best results, prepare fresh batches of the mixture in the quantity required for one day’s use.

Method 9: Hair-Removal Agent

If you need a cool DIY alternative for removing unwanted hair at home, here’s how you can use honey to make a hair-removal wax substitute.

Combining honey with sugar and lemon juice makes for a natural recipe that is skin-friendly. It removes hair as well as exfoliates the skin. Honey helps keep the skin hydrated and promotes healing.

You can use it as you would normal hair-removal wax and cleanup afterwards is fairly easy. You can also use an old cotton cloth to make reusable wax strips. Since the ‘wax’ is basically sugar and honey, the strips can be easily cleaned in hot water.

Things you’ll need:

things you'll need to use honey for hair removal

  • Sugar (exfoliates skin, traps hair for efficient removal) – 3 tablespoons
  • Honey (acts as humectant, traps hair for efficient removal) – 1 tablespoon
  • Lemon juice (tones the skin) – 1 teaspoon

Step 1. Mix sugar and honey

put sugar and honey in a bowl

  • Put 3 tablespoons of sugar into a microwave-safe bowl.
  • Top the sugar with 1 tablespoon of honey.

Step 2. Microwave the mixture for 1 to 2 minutes

microwave for 2 minutes

  • Pop the bowl into the microwave.
  • Cook on high for 1 to 2 minutes in short bursts of 20 to 30 seconds. Microwave ovens vary in power. Checking periodically will prevent the mixture from burning.

Step 3. Mix in lemon juice & adjust thickness of the ‘wax’

add lemon juice

  • Add 1 teaspoon of lemon juice to the mixture.
  • Stir well to blend in the lemon juice completely.
  • With molten sugar and honey, the texture of the ‘wax’ should be like that of honey.
  • If the mixture is too thin, add more sugar and microwave again. If the mixture is too thick, add a little bit of honey along with a couple drops of lemon juice to thin it out.

Step 4. Let the mixture cool, then use as you would a regular wax

  • Let the mixture cool for about 20 minutes, spread over a flat dish.
  • After 20 minutes, test the temperature of the honey ‘wax’. Use it while it is still comfortably warm.
  • Use a clean spatula or popsicle stick to apply it over the unwanted hair. Spread it on your skin in the direction of the hair.
  • Cover the wax with a waxing strip. Rub it in the direction of the hair to let it bond with the wax.
  • Grab the end of the waxing strip and rip it off in a swift motion in the direction of the hair only.
  • Repeat the process as needed. While it is painful, the pain is comparatively less than when using generic wax.
  • The leftover wax can be stored in an airtight glass jar in the refrigerator for a few months. Just reheat it in the microwave and use as needed.

final hair removal wax using honey

Tips

  • You can also add honey to your regular shampoo and conditioner to get better hair care from your favorite products.
  • You can add Castile soap to your DIY honey shampoo to make the formula foaming.
  • White sugar can be substituted with brown sugar in the recipes.
  • When making the honey hair-removal wax, you can also add lemon juice before microwaving the ingredients.
  • You can also melt the coconut oil before using it in the recipes.

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