Natural Skin Care
Manufacturers have used honey in everything from hand lotions and cleansers, moisturizers to bar soaps, shampoo and conditioners to even bubble baths. But in this day and time many people are choosing to do it themselves and make their own homemade version of all these beauty products. Home crafting beauty aids are very popular and make great gifts as well.
First, honey is a humectant, which means it attracts and retains moisture. This makes honey a natural fit in a variety of moisturizing products including cleaners, creams, shampoos and conditioners. Honey also acts as an anti-irritant, making it suitable for sensitive skin and baby care products. Honey's prospects in skincare are looking even sweeter; research is currently underway to develop a process using honey to create alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs). AHAs are an important ingredient in many skin creams and moisturizers because they help exfoliate the skin. Increased exfoliation, or renewal of the skin cells, can give skin a younger, more vibrant look.
A Honey for All Skins
Skin is the body's largest organ and its most exposed. Throughout life, the skin comes into contact with more damaging conditions and environments than any other part of the body. Pamper it with one of the world's oldest skin care secrets, honey. read more http://www.honey.com/consumers/sb/skins.asp
Homemade Honey Recipes for Beauty
Honey Cleansing Scrub
Mix 1 tablespoon of honey with 2 tablespoons finely ground almonds and 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice. Rub gently onto face. Rince off with warm water.
Honey, oatmeal, almond, scrub
Finely grind equal amounts of oatmeal and almonds in either a food processor or with a mortar and pestle. Add enough honey to make a paste. Add 1-2 drops of essential oil if desired. Refrigerate
Firming Face Mask
Whisk together 1 tablespoon honey, 1 egg white, 1 teaspoon glycerin (available at drug and beauty stores) and enough flour to form a paste (approximately 1/4 cup). Smooth over face and throat. Leave on 10 minutes. Rinxe off with warm water.
Almond & Honey Scrub
Grind 1 tablespoon almonds into a fine meal in a blender or food processor. Mix almond meal together with 1 tablespoon honey and 1 egg white. Apply to face and let set for about 15 minutes. Gently wipe off with a damp wash cloth.
Smoothing Skin Lotion
Mix 1 teaspoon honey with 1 teaspoon vegetable oil and 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice. Rub into hands, elbows, heels and anywhere that feels dry. Leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse off with water.
Honey & Yogurt Mask
Mix 1 1/2 teaspoons honey, the juice from 1/2 of a lemon, and 1 small carton plain yogurt. Stir in 1 whipped egg white. Apply to face and let set about 15 minutes. Gently wipe off with a damp wash cloth.
Honey Cleansing Scrub
Mix 1 tablespoon of honey, 2 tablespoon of finely ground almond paste and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice. Rub gently on face for some time and rinse with warm water.
Puree 1 tablespoon honey with a peeled cored apple. Apply on face and leave on for 15 minutes and rinse with warm water.
Mix honey and olive oil, apply on face for 20 minutes and wash the face.
Mix 1 teaspoon honey into 4 cups of warm water. Blondes may wish to add a sueeze of lemon. After shampooing, pour mixture through hair. Do NOT rinse out. Dry as normal.
Skin Softening Bath
Add 1/4 cup honey to bath water for a fragrant, silky bath.
Milk & Honey Foot Soak
Mix 7 cups of warm or hot water, two cups of milk and cup of honey. Mix all the ingredients together and soak your feet for about ten minutes, rinse and pat dry.
Lavender Honey Milk Bath
3 tablespoons dried lavender flowers
1 1/2 cups whole milk or cream
1/3 cup honey
1. Process lavender flowers in a blender until they become a powder, turning off the blender and scraping down the sides as necessary.
2. Whisk together lavender powder, milk and honey in a glass bowl, then pour into a jar. Before each use, shake the jar and pour half of the mixture into the bath.
3. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Makes enough for 2 baths.
*Dried lavender flowers can be found in the spice section of gourmet and specialty stores.
Honey and Oat Exfoliant
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup oatmeal
1. Mix oatmeal and honey into a paste.
2. Smooth onto face and gently massage. Leave for 10 minutes and rinse with warm water.
Cucumber Honey Eye Nourisher
1 tablespoon aloe vera gel
2 teaspoons cucumber, peeled and seeded
1/2 teaspoon chamomile tea
1/2 teaspoon honey
1. Steep chamomile tea in boiling water. Cool completely. In food processor or blender combine cucumber, aloe vera gel and honey. Blend on low. Add tea and blend until smooth.
2. Store in covered glass bowl. Chill for at least one hour befor use.
3. Apply gently under eyes. Lie down and rest eyes for 10-15 minutes - at least!
1/2 cup honey
2 tablespoons olive oil, up to 1/4 cup for dry hair
1. Mix honey and olive oil in small bowl.
2. Work a small amount at a time through clean hair until well coated. Cover hair with a shower cap (or plastic bag); leave for 30 minutes.
3. Remove shower cap and shampoo and rinse completely.
Peppermint Honey Feet Treat
4 tablespoons aloe vera gel
4 teaspoons grated beeswax
2 teaspoons honey
2 teaspoons fresh mint, rinsed and finely minced
6 drops peppermint essential oil
2 drops arnica oil
2 drops camphor oil
2 drops eucalyptus oil
1. Melt beeswax using a small double boiler. In a microwave safe glass bowl, combine aloe vera and honey. Stir in beeswax. Cool completely.
2. Add mint and oils stirrring until completely mixed.
3. Massage into clean feet and toes.
4. Store remaining treatment in cool place away from sun or heat. Makes two treatments.
Beeswax is available at most craft stores.
Handmade Honey Soap
12 oz vegetable shortening
4 oz coconut oil
1 oz beeswax
1 cup distilled water
2 oz lye
1/8 cup (1 fluid ounce) honey
Mix lye and water, allow to cool. Melt vegetable shortening. Over a double boiler melt wax and coconut oil together and keep warm. When shortening is 120* and lye is 100*, pour lye mixture into shortening and stir until tracing occurs. Pour wax and oil mixture into soap mixture stirring constantly ( the mixture will get VERY thick with the addition of the beeswax mix) When the beeswax mixture is completely blended, stir in the honey and pour into molds. Unmold after 24-48 hours. Allow to age for 3 weeks
Cleopatra of Egypt regularly took honey and milk baths to maintain her youthful appearance.
Madame du Barry, the infamous last mistress of Louis XV, used honey as a form of facial mask, lying down for a rest while the honey did its work.
It was said that Queen Anne of England used a honey and oil concoction to keep her long hair lustrous, thick and shiney.
Chinese women have a tradition of using a blend of honey and ground orange seeds to keep their skin blemish-free.