Honey based beauty products can calm even the most inflamed skins. Here are some of the best!
By Holly Litchfield
Honey is such a gift from nature. It can soothe a sore throat, cleanse wounds, and tastes great in tea and on toast! But bet you didn’t know that honey based beauty products are great for the health of your skin, too?
Beautiful women as far back as Cleopatra knew that honey could help promote a healthy complexion. It’s a natural humectant, meaning it can bind water to the skin, plumping it up and making it look firmer and younger. This quality also helps dry skin of all kinds and causes. But honey’s antifungal and antibacterial properties mean it’s also great for acne sufferers. Honey’s also packed with antioxidants, which delay signs of ageing and stem the effects of free radicals.
Some vegans may protest that honey is not vegan-friendly because bees may be killed as ‘collateral damage’ when honey is harvested, and because taking their honey is a form of theft. But the other side of the argument is that using honey actually encourages more farmers to care for bee colonies, which are in more need now than ever thanks to colony collapse disease. There’s also the argument that vegans kill loads of insects whenever they eat plants, as all plants, even organic ones, are sprayed with some form of pesticide when being grown.
Here below, the Vegan Bros explain why they believe honey IS vegan, below, but ultimately, if you are vegan, or even just care about animals deeply, whether or not to use honey based products is your decision to make, of course.
If you choose to you use honey, it will bring amazing benefits to your skin. You can apply it directly: just massage a teaspoon on your face, let it sit for 10 minutes and rinse off with water or lemon or grapefruit juice for some added vitamin C.
Or, even better: why not make a mask at home with half a banana and a teaspoon of honey? Mash it up and apply to the face, wait 15 minutes and rinse off as above. You’ll feel your skin tightening almost instantly! For best results, use organic honey, as additives or pesticides (from the plants the bees visit) can affect the efficiency of the product. We would recommend Manuka South, a luxury honey from New Zealand.
No time to mix your own ingredients? Find honey a bit sloppy to use? Never fear–we’ve selected 10 totally sweet honey based beauty products for you to try!
10 Honey Based Beauty Products
This rich treatment contains loads of certified organic ingredients, including honey and phyto-powered propolis to not only nourish the skin, but also to help boost collagen. The combination of honey and roses will reduce the appearance of fine lines and dark spots for a more youthful glow.
Price: $60 Best for: Using at night, every day, on all skin types
Worried about the ethics of honey? Don’t be!
The pure and highly active honey in this mask is ethically sourced and tree-harvested by the native Adivasi tribe from the same protected sanctuary they have lived in for centuries.
Use it two or three times a week to combat free radicals and over time, you’ll see brighter skin, fewer visible lines and wrinkles. But not only that – regular use will diminish dark spots and sun damage. Doesn’t that sound like something you want to slather on?
Price: $70 Best for: Damaged skin; lightening sun spots
Targeting damaged, colour-treated and even permed hair, John Masters have formulated an effective conditioning treatment containing the same acids found in young hair. Extracts from the Hibiscus flower, organic honey and a generous other 14 natural plant extracts and oils bring life and fullness back to your hair, hydrating and generally improving the health of your scalp. Lasting effects include stronger, softer hair that’s smooth to touch with a natural shine.
Price: $40 Best for: Everyday use on dry, damaged, processed hair
Consisting of mainly Manuka Honey, the Bee Honey Kissed lip balm heals chapped or split lips with the medicinal properties found in honey. Infused with Grape seed oil and Shea butter as well, the long lasting balm soothes and softens lips also preventing dryness. Queen Bee boasts handmade and certified organic ingredients, making it a firm favourite with eco-beauty lovers.
Price: $15.50 Best for: Taking around in your purse every day!
Talk about a mask that’s natural enough – and smells good enough – to eat! It’s perfect for stressed, tired or winter-worn complexions. This gorgeous, organic face mask heals inflammation, tightens pores and plumps your skin for an all-round more radiant look. It’s made from antioxidant-rich raw honey and hydrating virgin coconut oil, as well as lavender and rose petals harvested from the brand’s own gardens in North California.
Price: $52 Best for: Giving yourself a bit of serious self-love
This bee-utifully (heh heh!) scented Limited Edition Hand Cream was so popular with Neal’s Yard customers, the brand has not only made it a permanent product in their shops, but they’ve added a whole range of honey-based products, including a balm, body lotion and hand wash.
These honey based beauty products are so gentle, they can be used on little kids and are even suitable for those with eczema or psoriasis.
Best of all? Neal’s Yard will donate £10k per year to projects that help save the bees!
Price: $12 Best for: Everyday use on all skin types
100% pure and 95% organic, this anti-aging serum deeply penetrates to help promote collagen production and cellular renewal for more supple skin and a beautiful healthy glow. Its honey content makes it highly absorbable, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory, and it also supports natural collagen production (did I mention that?). Like all honey based beauty products, it brightens and minimises fine lines for more youthful looking skin while helping to defend against environmental aggressors and free radical damage.
But get this: in addition to honey, the serum contains five rich plant-based oils that can help relieve chronic dry skin condition such as dermatitis, psoriasis, and eczema. It can even calm acne, too, thanks to its antibacterial properties.
Price: $48.99 Best for: Ageing, dry skin; those with skin conditions
This is one of those honey based beauty products that sounds good enough to eat! It helps provide hydration and nourishment to your skin through not only the power of honey, but 100% pure hemp seed oil. Pineapple and honey melon extracts help improve sun damage, and Shea butter helps lock in moisture.
Price: $23 Best for: Using after the shower, any day of the week
Hey Honey Walk the Walk Propolis Foot Cream is a real gift for rough, dry feet. Whether they’re cracking from central heating or dried out from the sun, this rich elixir will transform your tootsies with a signature blend of botanicals that support both disinfection and softness. It’s packed with essential oils and aloe vera soothe to comfort the feet, while propolis provides antibacterial support. Repairing lipids help to strengthen the skin’s barrier and eliminate cracks to provide smooth skin. Bonus: It’s a great excuse for asking for a foot massage!
Price: $30 Best for: Tired, dry feet
Sure, you could just slap some honey on your face and make a homemade mask. Or…you could benefit from the combo of honey AND pink clay AND organic aloe vera leaf juice. This formula is designed to not only hydrate and nourish your skin, but also to help improve the look of redness. Perfect for those with sensitive skins and/or rosacea.
Price: $44 Best for: Sensitive skins