The Beauty of Honey

From Cleopatra to Jennifer Lopez, the reigning queens of beauty have used honey in their hair and skin care regimes. And today, increasing numbers of men and women are finding honey is the natural choice for soft, supple skin and shining healthy hair.

Ready to Use, Straight from Nature
From face creams to body scrubs; from hair conditioner to bubble bath, honey provides consumers with a natural source of personal care products. Honey needs no preservatives, additives, processing or refining, making it one of the few beauty products that can claim it comes straight from nature. Honey is a natural humectant, meaning it has the ability to attract and retain moisture. Honey’s mild nature makes it suitable for sensitive skin and baby products. And honey’s antioxidant and antimicrobial properties make it an ideal choice for lifelong skin
and hair care. Research is continuing on the role of honey in sunscreen products, exfoliants and moisturizers.

All Natural Beauty
With the range of benefits from honey, it is no wonder that the number of products containing honey continues to grow. While many of these products are available in stores and beauty salons, there are many skin and hair care ‘recipes’ that can be made and used at home. Some examples:

Cucumber-Honey Toner
Puree 1 medium cucumber in a blender and drain the liquid through cheesecloth. Add 2 teaspoons Bee Maid Honey and mix. To use, shake bottle and saturate a cotton pad with the lotion.
Sweep over face, neck and chest and let air-dry.

Gentle Honey Cleanser
Mix 1⁄4 cup honey, 1 Tablespoon liquid soap and 1⁄2 cup glycerin (found in drug stores) in a small bowl.
Pour onto a clean face sponge or soft cloth and gently rub onto face. Rinse with
warm water and pat face dry.

1- Christopher Watt, Christopher Watt Esthetics in West Hollywood, California, quoted in “Beauty is in Full Bloom with Honey”, National Honey Board, May 10, 2004.