How to Get Better Skin: Honey
Want smoother, clearer, more radiant skin? We all do, but before hunting for the next fancy or cult-y fan fave cream, serum, or gel, check out your pantry for a good old-fashioned bottle of honey. Yes, bee honey.
Honey has long been used in skincare for its variety of skin-healing and nourishing benefits. Because it’s packed with nutrients and antioxidants, its got anti-aging benefits and is super moisturizing, pulling moisture from the air into skin for long-lasting hydration. Honey is also anti-bacterial and can help clear up and soothe acne. Win-win. The enzymes in honey also help to gently exfoliate skin for a more radiant glow. And, as if we needed another reason to get hooked, it’s also said to have lightening properties, helping to fade acne scars and discoloration.
If you’re down to try honey for skincare like we are, go for raw honey, which hasn’t been heated or altered, ensuring it’s packed with all the good stuff for beautiful skin. There’s a reason Kourtney K. is a fan of manuka honey (a type of honey from New Zealand that is basically honey 2.0) and a Manuka Doctor ambassador. Judging by Kourtney’s pretty perfect skin, we’ll be bathing in honey too.
Try one of our fave honey-infused products for firmer, brighter, clearer skin…
Manuka Doctor Replenishing Facial Oil ($21), Kourtney Kardashian has been raving about this oil all over social media–its said to clinically improve skin’s luminosity and refine lines for younger-looking skin in just ten minutes! Looks like it’s working for Kourt. Also try Manuka Doctor Bio Active Honey ($21), as a face mask, or mix in a dollop into your favorite moisturizer for an extra kick.
Lotus Moon Organic Honey Purifying Masque ($36), helps to soothe acne-prone skin, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and keeps skin hydrated. It’s super gentle so you can use regularly.
Bee Friendly Skincare Natural Anti-Aging Face & Eye Cream ($25), this cream is truly all-natural, so it’s perfect for sensitive skin, plus its got all the benefits of good-for-skin ingredients like honey and olive oil.
Farmacy Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Hydration Mask ($56), this mask warms up for a luxurious experience while it hydrates, evens out skin tone and texture, and fights lines and wrinkles.
Kiehl’s Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream ($60), smells like honey, and although the cream is thick, it moisturizes with manuka honey, leaving a silky-matte finish without feeling greasy.
Burt’s Bees Almond & Milk Hand Cream ($8), never neglect your hands of good skincare, this cream leaves hands feeling soft, protecting skin from damage and helping to prevent premature aging of the skin on those delicate hands.
Blithe Energy Yellow Citrus & Honey Splash Mask ($45), we’ll be doing our masks in splash form thanks to this liquid treatment that’s meant to be splashed onto skin, inspired by the K-beauty market.
Claudia Mercado is a beauty-obsessed writer living in Long Beach, CA.