Get in on the A-list secret, because if it’s good enough for Kourtney K, it’s good enough for us.
Hair For It
It might be the stickiest staple in your kitchen cupboard, but did you know that honey can work wonders for permanently parched locks?
“Honey is a natural humectant, which means it can seal moisture within your hair,” says Guy Parson, certified trichologist and founder of My Hair Doctor.
“It’s also a natural antioxidant, which means it has restorative properties for the scalp, too.”
For a serious hit of shine and moisture, try Shea Moisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Shampoo, £12.99, which is full of manuka honey to get locks squeaky clean while also packing in hydration from root to tip.
And if your hair needs a break from styling tools that can cause it to become dry and brittle, Amika Haute Mess Texture Gel, £14.99, will add body and volume without compromising on health thanks to its honey and obliphica oil ingredients.
- Shea Moisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Shampoo, £12.99 from Boots — buy now
- Amika Haute Mess Texture Gel, £14.99 from Sally Beauty — buy now
In For Repair
If your lips are feeling drier than a desert dune, you’re not the only one, especially at this time of year.
But your search for a solution might be over, as experts claim that honey can get to work on cracked, sore lips.
“Honey has natural healing powers,” says Yvonne Wake, registered public health nutritionist. “It’s antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial, so has all the properties needed to repair and moisturise lips.”
When your pout is in desperate need of some TLC, slather on Dr Organic Manuka Honey Lip Balm, £3.79, which is brimming with manuka honey for an instant intense treatment.
If you still want to rock a bright colour, try Origins Blooming Bold Lipstick in Tiger Lily, £18.50. With nourishing wildflower honey, it won’t dry out your pout like your regular matte lippy.
- Dr Organic Manuka Honey Lip Balm, now £1.89 from Holland and Barrett — buy now
- Origins Blooming Bold Lipstick in Tiger Lily, £18.50 from Origins — buy now
Everyone’s skin is different, so it can be tricky to find the ultimate breakout banisher that’s right for you.
But for something that will banish spot-causing bacteria and reduce redness, look no further than the sticky stuff.
“Manuka honey has an antibacterial effect if applied topically, which means it actively works to get rid of the bacteria on that causes breakouts,” says Nataliya Robinson, founder of Quantum Botanika skincare.
“It contains vitamins B1, B2, C, zinc and folic acid that help regenerate skin for a fresher-looking face.”
Start by removing grime and make-up build-up with a light, foaming cleanser. Lancôme Miel-En-Mousse Foaming Cleansing Makeup Remover, £23.50, won’t strip your skin of its natural oils but will fight bacteria, thanks to its acacia honey ingredient.
Then, for a more targeted treatment, try Manuka Doctor ApiClear Balancing Purifying Facial Peel, £29.99, which is packed with manuka honey, purified bee venom and fruit extract to slough away at blackheads.
- Lancôme Miel-En-Mousse Foaming Cleansing Makeup Remover, £23.50 from Lancome — buy now
- Manuka Doctor ApiClear Balancing Purifying Facial Peel, £29.99 from Holland and Barrett — buy now
On a mission to boost your glow? Tackle lacklustre skin head on by letting honey’s radiance-inducing properties give you a helping hand.
Its ability to absorb moisture from its surroundings means it will rehydrate skin, reducing dryness and rough patches.
Honey also contains gluconic acid – a mild alpha hydroxy acid that gently exfoliates to give your skin a brighter look.
The Body Shop Ethiopian Honey Deep Nourishing Mask, £17, turns from a syrup into a cream when it’s massaged into damp skin, stimulating blood flow and getting to work on any pesky dry patches.
To finish, we love Bee Yü Hydrating Day Crème, £76, made with royal jelly from New Zealand bees that naturally increases blood flow, collagen and elastin production.
- Ethiopian Honey Deep Nourishing Mask, £17 from The Body Shop — buy now
- Bee Yü Hydrating Day Crème, £76 from Bee Yü Skincare — buy now
We all pay so much attention to the health of the skin on our face that sometimes our body can go untouched for weeks – especially when it’s constantly covered up with winter layers and tights.
“Honey is the ultimate skin food as it is totally natural, which makes it perfect for any skin type, and full of vitamins and minerals that contain the highest level of hydrating antioxidants,” explains Yvonne.
While in the shower, slough away at dead skin cells all over the surface layer of your body with the help of Nuxe Rêve De Miel Deliciously Nourishing Body Scrub, £19.50.
Not only does it smell gorgeous, but it also combines honey and sugar crystals with precious oils for a soothing, gentle exfoliation.
Once you’re out of the shower, apply Garnier Natural 3 In 1 Nourishing Honey Botanical Balm, £12.99, to damp limbs to let the royal jelly and honey ingredients lock in moisture.
- Nuxe Rêve De Miel Deliciously Nourishing Body Scrub, £19.50 from Feel Unique — buy now
- Garnier Natural 3 In 1 Nourishing Honey Botanical Balm, £12.99 from Boots — buy now
‘Manuka honey is my skin hero’
Imagine the scene: you’ve got a big night out planned but your skin is the worst it’s been in years – super-sensitive and covered in breakouts. That was me last month.
Short of taking Roaccutane, I’ve tried everything to get it under control with no success, and needed a quick fix. I’d heard that Kourtney Kardashian and Scarlett Johansson use manuka honey to help with their blemishes, so I thought I’d give it a go, too.
I bought a 250g jar for around £25 – look out for a UMF (unique manuka factor) of at least 15 or an MGO (the measurement of how active the manuka honey is) of at least 250 to get the best results.
My Google research told me to cleanse as normal and use it as a face mask, leaving it on for at least half an hour. I slathered on a few teaspoons, and my skin started tingling. I took it as a sign it was working.
After washing it off my face (and everywhere else it dribbled), my angry red blemishes had almost disappeared and my skin looked and felt calmer.
I didn’t even bother to apply any skincare before my make-up and I still woke up to baby-soft skin the next day. It was worth the mess just to find out about the natural wonder.
Now, I apply weekly when I’m in the bath to minimise clean-up and I leave it on for longer, and my skin has never been clearer. I’m a convert!
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