All you need is honey and a few other natural ingredients for healthy, shiny hair and moisturized skin.
Legend has it that Cleopatra used honey as a beauty aid, and now science confirms its benefits for the skin. Raw or unpasteurized honey is a versatile and all-natural ingredient that can do wonders for your skin.
Did you know that honey is rich in antioxidants, which can be beneficial for reducing wrinkles and improving the health of aging skin? It also clarifies skin by opening and unclogging pores. The antibacterial properties help fight acne. Honey also moisturizes, soothes irritation, and leaves a lovely afterglow. It is also known for helping heal wounds, rosacea, eczema, dermatitis, ringworm, inflammation, and a variety of other skin conditions.
We all can agree honey is amazing! Try the following recipes for face and hair and let me know your opinions.
Facial Cleanser / Moisturizer
Honey & Oil
Honey is good at dissolving makeup residue, especially when mixed with oil. Combine a teaspoon of honey with a half teaspoon of oil. I prefer oil that is not very greasy and that doesn’t clog pores. Argan oil, castor oil, grapeseed oil, or hemp seed oil are great choices. They have a very low to zero comedogenic rating.
Pull your hair back to keep it clean. Mix the honey and oil so the mixture is easy to spread. Rub it onto your skin, keeping it away from the eyes, to loosen makeup and unclog pores. Rinse with a warm wet cloth until clean, rubbing away from your eyes and hairline.
You can also use this same recipe to help moisturize dry cracked skin, Apply it to the affected area and let sit for 20 minutes. Wipe it off with a warm damp washcloth. If you put this on your feet and you need to walk, put socks on or you’ll have a sticky floor!
This is my favorite way to use honey, besides on a biscuit! Again, pull your hair back to prevent it from becoming sticky. Your face will feel clean and soft afterward.
Rub about a teaspoon of honey all over your face, paying special attention to problem areas. Let it sit for about 10-15 minutes. Rinse with warm water. If the honey is too thick to spread without causing pain or discomfort, add a few drops of water or aloe vera juice to help it spread easily.
Milk and Honey Bath
Milk & Honey
Combine 1⁄4 cup honey with 2 cups of milk and add it to a hot bath. Soak for 15-20 minutes. Avoid using any soap or scrubbing to allow the nutrients of the bath to remain on your skin. Follow up with a quick rinse. Dry off by gently patting the skin.
I like to use goat’s milk. The milk fat and proteins in goat’s milk soften and nourish your skin. The lactic acid gently exfoliates while you soak. Poppaea, the wife of Emperor Nero, used donkey milk, but you can use whatever milk you have available.
You can also add a few drops of essential oil, colloidal oatmeal, or rose petals for extra pampering.
Take a look at our Goat Milk Colloidal Oatmeal Soak.
Honey & Water
Honey has both emollient and humectant properties, making it a great hair moisturizer. It also contains loads of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and antioxidants.
If your hair needs a shine boost, combine a tablespoon of honey with a quart of warm water. After washing your hair, rinse the honey water through your hair, covering it well. Let it condition while you shower or bathe. Then rinse and style it as usual.
Some like to let it condition for up to an hour. I worry that it might lighten hair, so I only leave it on for about 10 minutes. Let me explain why. Honey contains glucose, as well as an enzyme called glucose oxidase. This enzyme breaks down the glucose, leaving behind hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide is capable of bleaching melanin, the pigment responsible for giving your hair color. Leaving honey on your hair for an extended period could lighten it.
Maybe since the honey is diluted, it wouldn’t be enough honey to lighten the hair if left on for an hour. If anyone has any experience or knowledge about this, feel free to comment.
Was Cleopatra wise to pamper herself with honey?
That's a big fat YES
I use all of these recipes often, so I know they work. That’s why I’m sharing them with you.
These recipes make pampering your skin and hair easy, making this perfect for an at-home spa day. If you’ve tried any of these all-natural recipes, let me know what you think in the comments.