Okay, Byrdie readers, we're calling the next big trend in natural beauty remedies. We'll give you a few hints: It's probably one of your favorite ingredients to add to a smoothie, it tastes great in chamomile tea, and it's also the name of a killer Mariah Carey tune. That's right, 2018 is about to be the year of honey—move over coconut oil. This 100% natural product softens and brightens skin, and it's likely sitting in your pantry. Honey's healing properties make it a seriously underrated beauty gem, and we think it's about time it came into its own. If you've never thought of using honey on your face as a cleanser, you're in for a surprise. Keep reading for five simple ways to incorporate honey into your skincare routine.
Good news: Honey is naturally antibacterial, one of the reasons it makes for a great face wash. Remove dirt and debris with nothing more than a little raw honey—just add water. Make sure to apply the honey after wetting your face, or else it will be too sticky. Once it mixes with water, the honey's natural tackiness will be neutralized. Be careful to avoid getting the honey in or around your eyes. To remove makeup, we suggest adding a little coconut or jojoba oil to completely cleanse the skin.
You can use honey as a cleanser to help prevent breakouts because of its antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. For a more potent effect, honey can be left on breakouts to help them heal faster. If you have a blemish you'd like to nix, try dabbing a little raw honey directly on as a spot treatment. For easy application, sweep on a small amount with a cotton swab. Let the honey sit for about 10 minutes before rinsing thoroughly with warm water.
Honey on its own works better as a cleanser as opposed to an exfoliator because of its smooth consistency. You generally won't find honey, even in its purest form, to be particularly granular. There is, however, a little mixture you can concoct to turn it into the perfect exfoliator: baking soda. The blend should be one part baking soda and two parts honey. Use it up to two times a week for supple skin.
Whip Up a Mask
Honey is what's called a natural humectant. To put it in plain terms, honey draws moisture into the skin. If your skin is in need of a hydrating boost, this is the perfect ingredient. Whether it's because of cold weather or the aftereffects of using harsh cleansers, combat your dry skin with a honey face mask. Luckily, this mask only needs one ingredient. Take a tablespoon of honey and spread a thin layer on damp skin. Leave on for about 20 minutes before washing off. You'll find your skin is left instantly nourished.
Honey contains trace amounts of hydrogen peroxide that gives it lightening properties. This makes it effective at fading skin discoloration, which is particularly helpful when it comes to resolving pesky post-acne marks and hyperpigmentation. Using a mixture of honey and coconut oil can revive and heal skin cells. Blend a teaspoon of honey with a teaspoon of coconut oil and massage onto wet skin in circular motions before rinsing.
If you're looking to kick-start an all-natural routine, check out our list of the best natural beauty products you can find at the drugstore.