All month long we’ve been talking about liquid gold. Throughout September (national honey month) I’ve shared a few quick tips on how you can incorporate honey into your regular beauty routine, but I wanted to collect them all in one place so they’re easy to find when you’re in need of a little pampering.
One note: I recommend using pure, local honey in all of these recipes. Many times when you buy honey off the shelf in a grocery store, it’s been diluted (with corn syrup or something similar) or preservatives have been added. Neither of those things are good for your skin!
Banana-honey facial. Bananas are beneficial for oily or combination complexions, smoothing and nourishing your skin while purifying with antioxidants. To make: mash half of a small, ripe banana, mix with two tablespoons of pure honey and the juice of half a lemon. Apply to your face (avoiding eyes and nose) and leave for 15 minutes, rinse.
Honey and cucumber facial. With a blender, food processor or mortar and pestle, blend or puree a whole, peeled cucumber with a heaping tablespoon of honey. Smooth the mixture onto your face and leave until dry–about 20-25 minutes. Rinse.
Pure honey facial. Apply pure honey to your face in a thin layer, avoiding eyes and nose. Let sit for 15 minutes (or until dry). Rinse off for glowy, moisturized skin.
Honey bath. Take a bath like Queen Cleopatra–add 1/4 cup of honey to your hot bath water for smooth, moisturized skin.
Coffee and honey body scrub. Mix 6 tbsp. ground coffee with 2 cups honey, 1 cup sugar, and 1/2 cup olive oil. Pour into a jar and stash in your shower for an invigorating all-over body scrub. (Makes two treatments.)
Deep conditioning treatment for your tresses. Mix 1/2 cups pure honey with 3 tbsp. olive oil until combined. Massage into (dirty) dry or wet hair and cover with a shower cap (or just pull up into a clip to keep it off your neck). Let the mixture soak into your hair for 20 to 30 minutes, then wash and style as usual.
Hot honey treatment. Add a teaspoon of honey to a mug of hot water; let dissolve. Use as the final rinse to your freshly-washed hair to moisturize and protect your locks.
Which recipe do you want to try?