Honey for Skin Care

by suranee69

Learn about the history of honey and why honey is used for skin care and how to make homemade face scrubs and toners in this wizzle.

Honey has been used since ancient times throughout many parts of the world.

In some countries honey was used in religious ceremonies and is even mentioned in religious sacred books such as the Holy Bible, Talmud and Koran.

Roman soldiers used honey on their wounds after coming back from battle.

The famous Julius Caesar is said to have accepted honey as payment for taxes from those who were unable to pay in gold.

Hippocrates (the Greek physician) and Dioscorides (the Greek philosopher and physician) from the past are credited for bringing to light the medicinal value in honey.

Honey is highly valued in many countries even to this day where it's used in medicine, cooking, cosmetics and to preserve food.


Healing Properties of Honey

Honey is an all natural ingredient which is popularly used in commercial skin care products because of its antioxidant and anti-microbial properties.

Anti-microbial properties contained in honey kills and stops the spread of bacteria and fungi. This is possible since the anti-microbial properties contain an enzyme that has the ability to produce hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide is effective in destroying bacteria and fungi. When honey is applied to an injury the hydrogen peroxide mixes with the fluids in the wound and acts as an antiseptic healing the punctured skin.



How Many Types of Honey are There?

There are over 300 types of honey since honeybees tend to collect nectar from a wide range of flowers. When honey bees collect nectar from only one type of flower and produce honey it's called mono-floral honey but if the nectar is collected from more than one flower it’s known as poly-floral honey. 

What is Mānuka Honey?

The flavor, color and fragrance of honey vary according to the type of flower its nectar was extracted from. For example in New Zealand grows a beautiful shrub called the Mānuka tree. Honeybees visit this shrub to drink the nectar from its flowers and produce a honey called Mānuka honey.

Mānuka honey is a mono-floral honey variety and has a dark color syrup with a rich intense flavor to it.

Mānuka honey is also rich in antibacterial properties which is why it’s been used since traditional times to treat wounds. Mānuka honey works best when it’s used in its natural state (raw) with no additives added to it.

To apply Mānuka honey on a wound first clean the wound with warm water. Then spread a generous layer of the honey on a piece of gauze and place it over the wound. Secure the ends of the gauze with bandage tape to prevent the gauze from falling off. The gauze helps to prevent any bacteria entering the wound and infecting it. You can read more of the healing benefits of Mānuka honey here.

Why is Honey Used in Homemade Skin Care Products?

Honey’s healing abilities and its effectiveness in helping remove dirt, grime and dead cells from the skin has made it one of the main ingredients used when making many homemade skin care products.

Listed below are a few easy to make scrubs and toners made using honey.











Honey Face Scrub


  •  Honey – 1 tablespoon
  • Ground almonds – 1 tablespoon
  • Dry oatmeal – 2 tablespoons
  • Lemon juice – ½ teaspoon
  • Yogurt – 1 teaspoon
  • Ice cube - 1

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Apply to wet face. Make sure to gently massage the forehead, cheeks, chin and nose with the scrub for 2-3 minutes. Rinse off with warm water. Rub the ice cube on the face.




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Honey, Olive Oil and Salt Scrub


  •  Honey – 4 tablespoons
  • Olive oil – 4 tablespoon
  • Sea Salt – 6 tablespoons

Mix all the ingredients together. Apply on wet skin and gently massage using a loofah. Rinse off with warm water.

*This is an ideal scrub for the body including the feet.



Honey and Lemon Juice Toner


  •  Egg white – 1
  • Lime/lemon Juice – 1 teaspoon
  • Honey – 1 teaspoon
  • Ice cube - 1

Beat the egg in a bowl with a fork or whisk. Add the lemon juice and honey and keep beating until all ingredients are fully mixed. Apply on face avoiding the eyes, eyelids and lips. Leave on for 10-15 minutes and rinse off with warm water. Rub the ice cube on the face.



Honey and Cucumber Toner


  •  1 cucumber
  • 2 teaspoons honey

Peel the cucumber and cut into 1-inch pieces. Blend the pieces into a pulp using a blender. Remove and strain. Take the strained juice and mix it with the honey. Apply on cleansed face.

*This is an ideal toner to tighten pores. 

Updated: 11/18/2012, suranee69
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suranee69 on 07/11/2012

Thank you Cabmgmnt. I personally like the honey, olive oil and salt scrub which is ideal for exfoliating the skin :)

cabmgmnt on 07/11/2012

I like these recipes!

suranee69 on 05/31/2012

Thank you SallyTx. Pleased to know you found the information useful.

SallyTX on 05/31/2012

Great ideas and excellent recipes! ;D

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