Cleopatra is just one of many gorgeous women throughout the ages who knew about the benefits of honey. The natural healing agents found in honey contain a variety of enzymes and antioxidants that form an antiseptic barrier, protecting your skin. Antibacterial agents help ward off toxins that can cause the skin to age prematurely. And it’s good for acne, too. Because honey allows the skin to regenerate soft and supple new layers, it’s used in cleansers, creams, shampoos, shower gels and other beauty products.
We’ve done some research and found some nifty items that will let you show the world your sweet side.
“My, what soft skin you have,” is what he’ll say after you lather up with Manuka Honey & Propolis Soap. This delightful alternative to ordinary bars is imported from New Zealand where it’s made with their unique manuka honey. Packaged in an octagonal box, buy one for you and one to share. $8.50 at www.amazon.com.
Imported from Italy, Perlier Honey Bath & Shower Cream is a creamy cleanser that’s rich in the nourishing properties of European honey. It will leave your skin feeling smooth, soft and incredibly sexy. The 16.9-oz. pump is $15 from www.theperfumespot.com/.
The Naked Bee Orange Blossom Honey Moisturizing Hand & Body Lotion is the best kept secret in skincare. You’ll positively love the light pleasant scent blend of orange and honey. The additions of aloe vera and sunflower oil help protect and nourish. $14.39 from www.tartburners.com.
Your baby is a dream come true, but the stretch marks – not so much! Bella B Tummy Honey Cream can help fade existing stretch marks up to fifty percent. Fortified with vitamins C, E and B-5, this cocoa and shea butter enriched formula won the iParenting Award for excellence. $22.99 from www.Target.com.
Rub-a-dub-dub with L’Occitane’s Honey & Lemon Delightful Cream. Enriched with pure honey from Provence in France and lemon essential oils, this deliciously scented cream is perfect for your face and every other part of you, too. It’s also available in handy smaller tubes. The price of the 8.8 oz. jar varies from $36 to $50, depending on the website. It’s $40.99 at www.Amazon.com.
DON’T MASK IT
Why live with dry skin and fine lines when you can nourish your skin with Thyme Honey Moisturizing & Revitalizing Mask from Korres. Infused with vital moisture and vitamins, this mask works to reduce fine lines, skin discolorations and imperfections leaving your skin supple and healthy-looking. Pair this with the Korres 24 Hour Thyme Honey Cream. $34.70 at www.SkinCareRX.com.
HAVE A MIMOSA
Hair this! Carol’s Daughter Mimosa Hair Honey is a pomade that adds softness and shine to dull, lifeless, unruly hair. It gets rid of the frizzies, too. Nettle extract, honey and shea butter improve manageability – without oil or petroleum products. Have the tresses you’ve always wanted. A 4-oz. jar is $10.50 at www.Bing.com.
Sugar Honey Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15 from Fresh is formulated to nourish and protect lips from the harsh UV rays of the sun. The honey heals naturally while hydrating meadowfoam and black current seed oil condition lips to defend against wrinkles. This fresh, feel good lip treatment comes in a variety of shades for $22.50 at www.Sephora.com.
Forget whatever you know about hairspray and try Oscar Blandi Lacca Hairspray. This non-sticky spray was inspired by Oscar’s father’s original Italian recipe using honey and sugar for shine. The aroma of pure honeysuckle will float on the air around you. It boosts volume and moisturizes without frizz. A 1-oz. can is $23 at http://www.beautybar.com/.
Clinique Superbalm Moisturizing Gloss Black Honey Lip Gloss is a double-sided duo featuring Almost Lipstick plus Long Last Glosswear SPF 15. One side of this favorite Black Honey shade brings you the emollient-rich lipstick while the other adds extra shine. Plus, the gloss instantly relieves dryness while protecting lips with antioxidants. $21 at www.Sephora.com.
No roundup of honey beauty items would be complete without something from Burt’s Bees. There are so many items in this fabulous honey-infused line of products we had a hard time picking one. But here’s our choice: Honey & Shea Sugar Scrub. This 100 percent natural scrub buzzes with the warm scent of honey, shea butter, ground almonds and aloe to make your skin softer than soft. It’s the sweetest way to brighten your day! $13 nationwide or at www.burtsbees.com.