Honey has been a staple in my Ayurvedic skincare routine since I was a kid and my grandmother used to make me homemade paste-like face masks by mixing chickpea flour, turmeric, honey, and yogurt together.
I now use honey head to toe — on my hair to make it extra shiny, on my face for its natural smoothing and anti-bacterial properties, and the rest of my body for its extreme textural and brightening benefits. Some people even use it on their armpits for honey's lightening effect on the skin.
As much as I loved having my grandmother put together homemade mixes for me, I rejoice at the products that have now appeared on the market featuring my favorite beauty ingredient, leveraging it with other key forces from nature and modern technology to make for some of my vanity staples I have counted on for years, and new ones I have already adopted as go-to everyday essentials.
Gisou's Honey-Infused Hair Oil for a glistening, nourishing effect I SWEAR by for shiny, humidity-proof locks
Farmacy's Honey Potion Hydration Mask for lightening even the most stubborn acne scars on sensitive skin
Juice Beauty's Organic Facial Wash for a deep cleanse without harsh, drying, or aggressive chemicals
L'OCCITANE's ultra-luxurious Honey Harvest Ultra Soft Cream for extra soft skin sans the greasy or oily feeling
LATHER's Honey Moisture Mask with Propolis Extract to both hydrate and exfoliate clogged pores on sensitive skin
Laura Mercier's Almond Coconut Milk & Honey Bath that almost HAS to be paired with merlot and candles (you'll smell like a spa for days after, too)
OGX's Honey Hold Hairspray for the only hairspray I count on to hold a glittering, soft style without the crunchy hardness of standard hairsprays
Olio e Osso's Lip & Cheek Balm for overall hydration I ALWAYS have in every one of my purses, in multiple shades
Tata Harper's Raw Honey Crystal Mask for the fast-acting, brightening mask I count on before any big event
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