Honey may be the sweetest thing in your kitchen but it’s about to be the most used ingredient in your beauty bag. Of course, honey has been loved for centuries and has ties to ancient cultures where it was used as a health tonic. But a resurgence of natural and at-home ingredients is seeing the sweet and sticky ingredient be looked at with fresh eyes.
Honey has plenty of properties that make it a great addition to your skin, body and even haircare routine. For starters, it’s a humectant, meaning it has the ability to lock moisture into your skin and prevent it from drying out. It’s also great for softening your skin and its natural amino acids, antioxidants and acidic enzymes help to repair your natural barrier.
Best of all, honey has antibacterial properties that can help with wound healing as well as clearing and preventing acne. Unlike your typical acne treatments that work to dry out your skin, honey puts good stuff back in with antioxidants working alongside the antimicrobial benefits to really change your skin for the better.
While smothering the honey from your pantry all over your face may make for a great TikTok video, it takes a little refinement to get the most out of the sweet stuff. That’s where our favourite honey infused products come in…
You’d be forgiven for mistaking this cleanser for actual manuka honey. It has a similar creamy consistency and smells heavenly but this cleanser comes with the added benefits of a thermogenic effect. When massaged into your skin it gives a warming sensation and helps to melt away impurities while gently exfoliating and giving you a deeper cleanse that doesn’t strip your skin. My dry and acne prone complexion is head over heels.
Embracing the incredible reparative and healing effects of honey, the gel-textured mask soothes your skin while feeding it the nutrients it needs to look brighter, plumper and more hydrated from the very first use. It’s a thick and nourishing texture that banishes dryness and can make a tired complexion look fresh and smooth.
It’s believed that Cleopatra used milk and honey as a natural anti-aging treatment for her skin and you’ll certainly feel like ancient Egyptian royalty using this intensely hydrating cream. It is of course infused with honey alongside shea butter, lanolin and vitamin E to deeply soothe and hydrate your hands while preventing them from drying out.
Specially formulated for sensitive skin, this incredibly soothing and soap free cleanser brings a touch of luxury to your shower routine. It gently cleanses while hero ingredients almond milk and honey work to hydrate your skin, calm irritation and restore your moisture barrier. It smells great and lathers nicely to create a really enjoyable experience that dry skin will love.
Like a one stop shop for all of your dry skin issues, this balm uses antioxidants and amino acids to repair dry and cracked skin on your whole body. It’s enriched with 132 nutrients with all of the added benefits honey brings like antioxidants and vitamins. Use it on dry hands, cuticles, elbows, knees and you can even use it on your hair to nourish dry ends.
Gisou founder Negin Mirsalehi grew up on her family’s bee garden so it only made sense that the mega-influencer created a haircare range infused with sweet and golden from her family’s garden. This hair oil is formulated to help strengthen and restore your hair and you can thank the added honey for the intense moisture and its ability to lock-in moisture while keeping frizz at bay.