Honey needs no introduction. It is one of the most beneficial natural ingredients we could ever indulge in for both our health and beauty. The benefits of honey for skin are so interesting that it has been considered as a ‘staple’ in the skincare regimen of Indian beauties since time immemorial. While there are a lot of commercially available skin care products containing honey, the best way to gain the maximum advantage is to add it to various homemade remedies. Here, we will be talking about some easy yet highly effective homemade face packs with honey. Keep reading.
Benefits Of Honey For Skin
Honey has plenty of benefits for our skin and hair, which make it a favorite of many beauty lovers. But here, we will focus only on the skin benefits offered by this ingredient. Let’s check them out:
- Honey is rich in skin-friendly vitamins as well as other nutrients, which nourish the skin from within and improve its overall health.
- It is an excellent humectant that helps in moisturizing the skin intensely by attracting water to it as well as retaining water within it.
- Honey regulates the pH of the skin, which controls the production of oil in it.
- The antioxidant properties of honey help in protecting the skin from the damaging effects of free radicals caused by the UV rays of the sun, environmental pollutants, and bad food habits.
- Being a natural antioxidant, honey aids in preventing the formation of signs of aging too.
- It is a great anti-microbial agent, which cleanses the skin thoroughly and keeps it free from harmful microbes.
- The anti-inflammatory properties of honey help in soothing the skin by treating irritations efficiently.
- The ingredient is highly effective in healing scars by encouraging the formation of collagen in the body.
- Honey suits all types of skin and heals almost all sorts of skin issues naturally.
Always use pure, raw, and organic honey for using on the skin as it has the maximum potential for topical application. Manuka honey is known to be the best choice for beauty and skincare.
21 Most Effective Homemade Face Packs With Honey
1. Honey And Sea Salt
Gentle exfoliation of the skin is tricky. We often end up damaging its uppermost layer or ripping it off its natural moisture while using a scrub. But this simple face pack can help you slough off the layer of dead cells from the surface of your skin like breeze. Moreover, it will hydrate and moisturize your skin profusely to give it a healthy and young look. Just mix a tablespoon of sea salt with 2 tablespoons of honey and scrub your face gently with it in a small circular motion. Then, leave it on for 5 minutes and wash off with plain water.
2. Honey And Sugar
Replace sea salt with sugar in your exfoliating honey face pack and enjoy the same outcomes by getting rid of all sorts of dirt, excess oil, dead cells, and impurities efficiently. Mix 1 teaspoon of sugar with 2 teaspoons of honey and apply it to your facial skin. Rub slowly for 5 minutes with your fingertips by following a gentle circular motion. Then, leave it to dry for 10 minutes and wash with cold water.
3. Honey And Lemon
Be it pimples, acne, or pigmentation, they never fail to leave ugly spots and marks on the skin. This easy honey-lemon face pack can help you combat those blemishes effectively. You can even choose any citrus fruit like orange, mandarin, etc. as alternatives to lemon. Being natural bleaching agents, they help in lightening the marks while honey provides adequate moisture to the skin. So, squeeze the fresh juice of a lemon into a tablespoon of honey and prepare a thin paste. Use it as a face pack, leave it for 20 minutes, and then rinse it off with cold water.
This face pack can turn your skin sensitive. Do not go out for at least 7-8 hours after applying it in order to avoid sun damage.
4. Honey And Almond
Whether you have dry skin, oily skin, or normal skin, this face pack will work for you like magic. It combines the goodness of almond with honey, which nourishes the cells, hydrates them, and enhances the overall health of the skin. Combine a tablespoon of honey with 2 tablespoons of freshly made almond paste and spread it evenly over your facial skin. It will dry in next 15 to 20 minutes. Then, rinse gently with lukewarm water. You can also replace fresh almond paste with almond oil in this.
If you have a blemished skin, add 1 teaspoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice to this pack. This will make your skin free from spots and marks while adding a beautiful glow to it.
5. Honey And Sandalwood
The anti-inflammatory properties of honey can be boosted with the soothing and calming nature of sandalwood. If your skin is always irritated and acne-prone, choose this simple face pack to achieve clear, smooth, and flawless skin. Take half a cup of honey and mix 2 tablespoons of sandalwood powder with it to make a thick paste. Apply it all over your face and allow it to dry for half an hour. Then, scrub it off with cold water. This will make your face softer and brighter instantly.
6. Honey And Oats
Here is another exfoliating face pack with honey that includes the goodness of oats. Take 2 tablespoons of oats and add 2 tablespoons of honey to it. Now, prepare another mixture by combining 4 tablespoons of milk and 4 tablespoons of fresh curd together. Add it to that honey-oats mixture and blend well to prepare a thick pack. Spread it over your face and neck in a uniform layer and wait until dries. Then, rinse with tepid water.
7. Honey And Turmeric
Forget fairness creams and opt for this absolutely natural honey face pack to bring out that beautiful radiance of your skin, which has long been lost due to environmental pollution, excessive sun exposure, poor lifestyle, and extreme stress. Prepare a paste by mixing a tablespoon of organic turmeric powder with a tablespoon of honey, warm it up a little, and apply it to your skin. Then, wash it off after 15 minutes with plain cold water. It will remove tan, marks, and blemishes while giving your skin a warm glow. Adding a few drops of glycerine to this face pack will increase its moisturizing capacity significantly.
8. Honey And Banana
No matter how dry and rough your skin is, this super hydrating face pack will turn it smooth and uber soft! Banana provides the skin with proper nutrition and immense hydration, which help a lot in multiplying the benefits offered by honey. Take half of a fully ripe banana and mash it nicely so that it becomes smooth and lump-free. Add a tablespoon of honey to it and blend well to form a thick and sticky paste. Spread it uniformly over your skin and wait for half an hour before rinsing it off. This will give you a thoroughly moisturized, well-hydrated, and incredibly supple skin in minutes! For better results, you can also add a tablespoon of yogurt to the face pack mixture.
9. Honey And Tomato
Too much sun exposure often leaves your skin tanned. But the humble honey-tomato face pack can clear it up quite easily. Tomato has amazing lightening and brightening properties that help in treating unsightly suntans while adding a healthy glow to the skin. Simply mix a tablespoon of seedless tomato pulp with a tablespoon of honey apply the thick paste evenly all over your face. Leave it on for 20 minutes and then, wash off with warm water. Your tan-free, brighter, and softer skin will surprise you!
10. Honey And Gram Flour (Besan)
For brighter and healthier skin, a homemade face pack of honey and gram flour can work wonderfully. Gram flour or besan has long been used as a natural beauty ingredient in India and this easy to prepare pack in combination with honey can help you make the most of it. Mix 2 tablespoons of honey with 1 tablespoon of besan and apply the thick paste evenly to your face. Allow it to dry for 15 minutes and then, rinse with cold water.
11. Honey And Yogurt
This is a wonderful pack for dry and parched skin that needs intense moisturization to look healthy and radiant. Mix a tablespoon of yogurt with a tablespoon of honey and add a mashed half banana to it. Blend well to form a smooth, lump-free mixture and apply all over your face and neck. After 20 minutes, rinse off with lukewarm water. your skin will feel well-hydrated and soft immediately.
12. Honey And Dark Chocolate
If you have oily and acne-prone skin that always looks shiny and unattractive, just indulge in this dark chocolate-honey facial treat and get rid of all that greasiness. To prepare it, take 2 tablespoons of honey and 1 tablespoon of finely grated dark chocolate. Add a tablespoon of rice flour to it for exfoliation benefits and blend well with a little water. Apply the mixture thoroughly to your skin and wait for 15 minutes before rinsing. This will give you a refreshed, relaxed, and brighter look.
13. Honey And Strawberry
Does your skin look dull and lifeless? The antioxidant properties of this honey-strawberry face pack will not only restore its natural glow but also make it healthy. You need only 3 strawberries for this purpose. Just clean them well and mash them nicely. Add a tablespoon of honey to it and squeeze the fresh juice of half of a lemon. Combine nicely until you get a smooth mixture of medium consistency. Apply an even layer of it to your skin and wash off after 15-20 minutes. Cheers to your glowing skin!
14. Honey And Cinnamon
Are you tired of dealing with those pesky breakouts like pimples and acne? Embrace the power of this honey and cinnamon face pack that will not only give you a breakout-free, clear skin but also turn your complexion youthful and flawless. Prepare the mixture by adding half a teaspoon of freshly ground cinnamon powder to 2 tablespoons of honey. Apply it all over your face and rinse after 15 minutes with plain water. It will also boost the circulation of blood throughout your skin, thereby bringing out your natural radiance.
The honey-cinnamon mixture can be used as an acne spot treatment. Apply it to your pesky zits and acne scars, leave it overnight, and rinse off in the morning.
15. Honey And Carrot
When your skin starts looking older than its real age, choose this simple anti-aging honey face pack to reverse those signs of premature aging. Being rich in antioxidants, carrot can promote the benefits of honey to a great extent. Clean a couple of baby carrots and soften them by steaming a little. Add 1 tablespoon of honey and 1 tablespoon of oats to it. Mix everything well and spread over your skin. Allow it to dry for 15 to 20 minutes. Then, wash off with lukewarm water. Your wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots will go away in just a few weeks.
16. Honey And Avocado
Here is another anti-aging face pack with honey for you that can fill in those fine lines and fade away those wrinkles with lots of moisturization. It includes avocado, which is known to be one of the best skin-friendly fruits ever. Scoop out 2 tablespoons of ripe avocado and blend a tablespoon of honey with it. Apply an even layer of this smooth mixture to your skin and wash off after 20 minutes. This face pack can nourish and plump up dry and parched skin too.
17. Honey And Raw Milk
The mixture of honey and raw milk is highly effective in cleansing the skin, nourishing it deeply, and eliminating ugly suntan. Blend 1 tablespoon of milk with 2 tablespoons of honey and smear your skin with it. You may wish to massage your face with it for a few minutes in a gentle circular motion. Then, let it dry for half an hour and rinse off with tepid water. Adding a few drops of lemon juice to this face pack will turn it into a powerful blemish treatment too.
18. Honey And Egg White
Large open pores on the face not only look unappealing but also increase the chances of developing breakouts. Combining the white portion of an egg with honey will help you get rid of them naturally, thereby leading to a smooth, tighter, and firmer skin. The enzymes in egg also help in smoothing out signs of aging like fine lines, wrinkles, etc. Beat an egg white nicely and mix half tablespoon of honey with it. Apply it all over your face in a uniform layer with the help of a brush and wash off gently after 30 minutes by using lukewarm water. If you already have developed marks and blemishes, add a few drops of lime juice to this mixture.
19. Honey And Papaya
When it comes to an ultra-nourishing honey face pack, this one always tops the list. Papaya is packed with skin-friendly vitamins and other nutrients, which penetrate deep into the skin and makes it healthy from within. As a result, the benefits of honey get multiplied. Take out a medium-sized piece from ripe papaya, mash it well, and mix it with a tablespoon of honey. Apply the mixture to your facial skin and neck and wait for 20 minutes. Then, rinse it off to notice the beautiful healthy glow.
20. Honey And Onion
If you wish to boost the anti-aging properties of honey in a simpler way, combine it with onion juice. The vitamin C content and anti-inflammatory elements (quercetin, isothiocyanates, etc.) of onion help in retaining the wrinkle-free, youthful appearance. Extract the juice of half an onion and blend a tablespoon of honey with it. Spread an even film of it over your face and neck and let it stay for 10 minutes. Finally, wash it off with tepid water.
21. Honey And Fuller’s Earth
This face pack of honey and Fuller’s Earth or Multani mitti makes skin cleansing an easy affair. It soaks excess oil, dries ut pimples, and unclogs pores, thereby giving you a fresh and flawless look. Add 1(1/2) tablespoons of honey to 1 tablespoon of Fuller’s earth powder and keep adding water to it slowly until the consistency of the paste becomes thick yet easily spreadable. Apply it all over your face and neck and rinse off after 20 minutes. Do not forget to apply your go-to moisturizer right after the application of this face pack.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Who Can Use Homemade Face Packs With Honey?
Anybody, irrespective of gender and age, can use homemade honey face packs as they include all natural ingredients. However, it is important to choose the right pack based on the type of skin as well as the nature of the issue.
How Frequently Should I Use Honey Face Packs?
Though honey face packs are completely safe to use on the skin, you should not use these more than twice a week. Some of them can also be used once every 4-5 days.
Is There Any Side Effects Of Using Honey On Skin?
Typically, honey does not cause any allergic reaction to the skin. However, you must do a patch test before using it in your face packs if you are already allergic to pollen, bee venom, celery, etc. (1)
Should I Leave Honey On Skin Overnight?
This is not recommended at all. Leaving honey on your face overnight can attract dust, dirt, and other impurities, thereby aggravating active breakouts as well as causing new ones. So, make sure that you remove it from your face before sleeping.
- “How Applying Honey to Your Face Can Help Your Skin?“, Healthline.com