Monday, 19 July 2010

Top Tip Tuesday

Throughout the centuries, legendary beauties have used honey as part of their skin and hair care treatments. Poppea, wife of Roman Emperor Nero, used a honey and milk lotion on her face to keep her looking youthful and a modern day beauty Catherine Zeta Jones swears by honey as a pure skin treatment to enhance her flawless complexion.

There is simply no sweeter way to bring a smooth glow to your skin and hair than with glorious golden honey, containing waxes, sugars, and traces of minerals. It is a natural moisturiser, as well as an anti-irritant making it suitable for sensitive skin types. Honey is a humectant, which means it attracts and retains water, therefore is a natural fit for a variety of moisturizing products including cleansers, creams, shampoos and conditioners. and many others of the beauty products you will find in your local shop.

Many of these products can be very expensive to purchase and many of these products can be made at home, so here are some of the best honey beauty tips that I have found to try out. Be sure your honey is all natural by purchasing only 100% pure honey to create your beauty products and like all my top tips, if you are allergic don’t slap it on your body :)

1. Honey mask: Apply pure honey to your face and allow it to set until dry. This will take about 15 minutes. Once dry, rinse your face with warm water. If you would prefer a thinner consistency mix 2 tablespoons honey and 2 teaspoons milk or cream. Smooth on face and allow to remain for around 15 minutes then rinse.

2. Honey Pat-Glow Bath: This is the best way to bring a lively glow to your face and body while you moisturize and smooth. And it’s so much fun! Just bring one of those cute little honey-bears into the tub with you. Squeeze some honey anywhere on your skin and pat it with both hands. As you continue to pat your skin, the honey gets really sticky, and will pull up your skin gently with every pat. This is the BEST for circulation, and you’ll end up with a gorgeous glow. Rinse off the honey when you’ve had enough.

3. Honey bath: For sweet smelling and soft skin, simply add ¼ to ½ cup of honey to your bath water.

4. Good-Enough-to-Eat Facial Cleansing Scrub. Combine 1 tablespoon honey, 1 tablespoon finely-ground almonds, 2 tablespoons dry oatmeal, and enough lemon juice to moisten. Massage mixture gently onto face, then rinse with warm water.

5. Daily facial cleanser: Mix 1 teaspoon of honey with a little milk powder into the palm of your hand. Apply on your face to clean away dirt and makeup and then rinse with warm water.

6. Shiny Hair: To add some shine to your hair, mix 1 teaspoon of honey, a squeeze of fresh lemon, and 1 quart of warm water. Shampoo your hair as usual and then pour the honey mixture on your hair. Allow your hair to dry as normal. You do not have to rinse out the honey mixture.

7.Honey Hair Conditioning Treatment. This great formula combines the benefits of honey and olive oil for lustrous, silky, healthy hair and scalp. Simply combine 1/2 cup honey and 2 tablespoons to 1/4 cup olive oil (depending on the dryness of your hair and scalp). Saturate hair and scalp with this conditioner, then put on a shower cap and allow the conditioner to remain for 30 minutes before you shampoo and rinse as usual.

8. Honey-Apple Toner. This sweet alpha-hydroxy miracle will help to firm, smooth, and moisturize your skin. In a blender or food processor, combine 1 peeled, cored apple with a tablespoon of honey and pulse until smooth. Apply pulp gently to face and allow to remain for 15 minutes, and then rinse your face with warm water to remove the honey mixture.

I hope you find at least one of these the bees'- knees!




  1. my dad uses honey with a dab of cream or milk around the eye. he is in his 60's and still looks GREAT.

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  2. That honey bath sounds good! I bet it would smell good too! xo

  3. I've never tried honey for beauty...I always imagine it'll be all sticky and messy....I might pop some in my bath after reading this :-) xxx

  4. Love the bath idea!


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