16 Best Ways To Use Honey For Dry Skin

This natural ingredient has multiple uses and learning about them can make all the difference.

Medically reviewed by Dr. Priya GillDr. Priya Gill, MBBCH, MRCP
By Ramona SinhaRamona Sinha, Certified Skin Care Coach  • 

Of all the natural ingredients that work well for dry skin, honey has always been in the spotlight. If you have not tried using honey for dry skin yet, you are in for a pleasant surprise. Honey is a humectant and one of the most commonly used ingredients in commercial moisturizers. It moisturizes the skin, keeps it soft, plump, and may also soothe inflammation. You can use raw honey in many DIY skin care recipes to enjoy its benefits. Read on to learn more about its benefits and how you can use this sweet delight to keep your dry skin healthy.

Why Use Honey For Dry Skin: What Are The Benefits?

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There are several reasons your skin would love honey::

1. Honey Is An Excellent Humectant

Humectants are substances that help in preserving the natural moisture levels of your skin. Dry skin lacks moisture, and honey is an excellent humectant that seals moisture in your skin and makes it soft and supple (1).

2. Honey Can Help Treat Many Skin Conditions

Some conditions, like eczemai  XA non-contagious skin condition that causes dry, itchy, and inflamed skin. and psoriasis, cause your skin to become dry. Honey is widely used in Ayurvedic medicine for treating these skin issues, along with other issues like burns, cuts and wounds, and inflammation (2).

3. Honey Has Antibacterial Properties

Natural untreated honey has antibacterial properties and shows an inhibitory effect on about 60 species of bacteria. Honey has a high viscosityi  X The internal friction of a moving fluid or a measure of a fluid’s resistance to flow. , which helps it form a protective layer on the wounds, preventing further infection (3).

4. Honey Helps In Preventing Wrinkles

Honey has age-fighting properties. It slows down wrinkle formation and keeps your skin youthful. It also helps in maintaining the pH balance of your skin (1).

For maximum benefits, it is best to use unadulterated and raw honey. This is because raw honey has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties and is rich in antioxidants (4). Look for naturally darker honey as it has greater antioxidant properties. You may also use Manuka honey that is rich in antioxidants and helps to heal skin infections (5).

Did You Know?
Dry skin may not always be a result of poor skin or food habits. It can also be determined by genes.


With so many benefits, honey is, undoubtedly, a luxurious treat for your skin. Now that you know which honey to use for dry skin, here are some tips and recipes you can try with honey to care for your dry skin.

How To Use Honey For Dry Skin

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A. As A Face Pack

1. Honey, Turmeric, And Glycerin Face Pack

Turmeric offers therapeutic benefits for the skin (6). Glycerin is a humectant that keeps your skin moisturized (7). Honey exerts emollient and humectant effects and helps your skin retain its youthful glow (1).

You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon organic honey
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric (use powder or raw turmeric paste)
  • ½ teaspoon glycerin
  1. Combine all the ingredients in a glass bowl and make a paste.
  2. Apply the paste all over on your face and neck.
  3. Allow it to dry.
  4. Wash with cold water.

2. Honey And Banana Face Pack

Banana is widely used in DIY face masks, and it is said to help keep the skin moisturized (8). This face pack can make your skin soft and supple.

You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon mashed banana (ripe)
  1. Combine the honey with the mashed banana. Mix well.
  2. Spread the mixture evenly on your face. Let it dry.
  3. Wash with cold water.

3. Gram Flour (Besan), Milk, And Honey Face Pack

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Besan helps to exfoliate your skin. Milk contains lactic acidi  XAn organic acid that improves cell turnover and helps remove dead skin cells when used topically. that works as a mild exfoliant. Together with honey, these ingredients can keep the skin clean and nourished.

You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon besan or gram flour
  • 2 tablespoon milk
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  1. Mix the besan and milk well until you achieve the desired consistency (not too watery).
  2. Add honey to it and mix well.
  3. Spread the mixture on your face and massage for a while.
  4. Let it dry and then wash off.

B. As A Face Mask

4. Honey And Avocado Face Mask

Avocado is often used as a base for DIY face masks. When mixed with honey, the fruit can keep the skin soft.

You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon mashed avocado
  • 1 teaspoon yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey
  1. Mix all the ingredients in a glass bowl until you get a smooth mixture.
  2. Spread the mixture on your face and relax. Let it dry.
  3. Wash with cold water.

5. Honey And Aloe Vera Face Mask

Aloe vera has skin nourishing and moisturizing properties (9). When combined with honey, aloe vera can keep your skin moisturized.

You Will Need
  • 2 teaspoons raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon fresh aloe vera gel (scoop some from the plant)
  1. Mix the aloe vera gel and honey.
  2. Apply the mask to your face and let it stay for 30 minutes.
  3. Wash with cold water.

C. As A Daily Face Wash

6. Honey Face Wash

This face wash contains moisturizing ingredients, such as honey and oil.

You Will Need
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • ⅓ cup liquid castile soap
  • 3 tablespoons of oil (use almond or jojoba or apricot or olive or argan oils)
  • 3 tablespoons of distilled water
  • 1 face wash dispensing bottle
  1. Pour the distilled water into the dispensing bottle (this helps prevent any bubbles).
  2. Add the liquid castile soap, followed by honey and oil.
  3. Shake the bottle to mix well.
  4. Use it as a daily face wash. (Shake well before using.)

D. As Your Daily Face Moisturizer

7. Manuka Honey Face Cream

Shea butter is a popular ingredient in moisturizers and has emollienti  X A substance used to moisturize and soften the skin and reduce skin flaking and itching. and sun-screening properties (10). This face moisturizer can keep your skin hydrated and soft.

You Will Need
  • ½ cup shea butter
  • 3 tablespoons aloe vera gel
  • 5 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 3 tablespoons rose water
  • 1 teaspoon Manuka honey (or raw organic honey)
  1. Use a double boiler to melt the shea butter.
  2. Mix it with rose water, aloe vera gel, and honey.
  3. Transfer the mixture to a glass bowl and let it cool (or refrigerate).
  4. Whip it well for 5 minutes to get a fluffy, creamy white texture.
  5. Scoop it and store it in a jar.
  6. Use it as your daily moisturizer or night cream.
Stylecraze Says
One of the best ways to reap the benefits of honey for dry skin is by mixing it with your moisturizer. Add 2 tablespoons of honey to your moisturizer and apply it liberally over your skin.

8. Honey And Lavender Cream

This cream contains beeswax, another popular base for moisturizing products. The combination of skin-nourishing oils and honey is extremely hydrating. The essential oils give the cream a pleasant fragrance.

You Will Need
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon argan oil
  • 1 ½ teaspoon of raw organic honey
  • 1 teaspoon beeswax
  • ½ teaspoon vitamin E oil
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops frankincense essential oil
  1. Mix the argan oil and beeswax in a bowl and microwave for 30 seconds.
  2. Let the mixture cool down. Add lavender, frankincense, and vitamin E oils to the mixture.
  3. Store it in a glass jar and use it as a night cream.

Note: Use the creams within 3-4 months.

E. As Body Butter

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9. Honey And Essential Oil Body Butter

Coconut oil is often used for moisturizing the skin (11). Honey helps keep the skin hydrated, while the citrus essential oil offers therapeutic benefits for the skin (12).

You Will Need
  • 1 ½ cups coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons raw honey
  • 2 tablespoons citrus essential oil (you can use orange, lime, lemon, or bergamot oils)
  1. Melt the coconut oil in a double boiler and let it cool down a bit.
  2. Add the honey and essential oil to this and whip well until the mixture has a creamy texture.
  3. Transfer it to a glass jar.
  4. Use the mixture as a body butter after a bath.

10. Honey And Shea Butter Body Butter

Dry skin will love the combination of shea butter, honey, and coconut oil. This body butter is extremely hydrating and can keep the skin healthy.

You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 ½ tablespoon raw honey
  • 1 tablespoon shea butter
  • 1 ½ tablespoons beeswax
  • 1 tablespoon almond oil
  1. Take a double boiler and toss all the ingredients in it.
  2. Let them melt completely. Keep whisking while it melts.
  3. Let the mixture cool down completely and solidify.
  4. Once solid, whip it for 3-4 minutes to get a fluffy texture.
  5. Transfer it to a glass jar and use it as a body butter.

F. As A Facial Toner

11. Honey And Chamomile Face Toner

Chamomile extracts are popular in DIY remedies and are said to have a calming effect on the skin.

You Will Need
  • 1 cup distilled water
  • 1 tablespoon chamomile flower (or use chamomile tea)
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey
  • 3-4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  1. Boil the chamomile flowers (or tea) in the water and let it steep for 10 minutes.
  2. Strain the tea and then add honey and apple cider vinegar to it.
  3. Stir well and transfer it to a glass bottle.
  4. Wash your face and dab the mixture on.

12. Honey And Lavender Facial Toner

Lavender essential oil has a pleasant fragrance that can make you feel instantly refreshed, while apple cider vinegar can soothe the skin and balance its pH.

You Will Need
  • ½ cup of water
  • ½ tablespoon raw honey
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 3-4 drops lavender essential oil
  1. Warm the water and mix honey in it. Stir well.
  2. Add the apple cider vinegar and mix.
  3. Add the essential oil only after the water has cooled down.
  4. Mix well and transfer to a glass bottle or spray bottle.
  5. Use it as a toner after you wash your face.

G. As A Facial Scrub

13. Honey And Lemon Detoxifying Scrub

Granulated sugar has a coarse texture that can help exfoliate the top layer of the skin, while honey and olive oil can keep it moisturized. The essential oils make this scrub smell refreshing.

You Will Need
  • 1 cup of organic sugar
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons dried rosemary
  • 15 drops lemon essential oil
  • 15 drops lavender essential oil
  1. Mix all the ingredients. Add the essential oils at the end. Combine well.
  2. Store it in a glass jar.

14. Honey And Oatmeal Scrub

Oatmeal is often used for scrubbing the skin due to its coarse texture. Along with honey, coconut oil, and sugar, this scrub is excellent for keeping your skin soft without irritating it.

You Will Need
  • ½ cup oats
  • 1 ¼ cups sugar
  • ¼ cup of coconut oil
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 3-4 drops tea tree oil
  • 3-4 drops lavender oil
  1. Grind the oats and mix with sugar and honey. Add coconut oil and the essential oils to this mixture.
  2. Combine them and store them in a glass jar.
  3. Use it once or twice a week.

15. Honey And Blueberry Exotic Face Scrub

Brown sugar can help exfoliate the dead skin cells, while honey and blueberry can make your skin soft.

You Will Need
  • ½ cup fresh blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons honey (prefer locally sourced organic honey)
  • 1-2 tablespoons brown sugar
  1. Blend the blueberries.
  2. Combine all the ingredients and mix well.
  3. Apply the face scrub and let it sit for 20 minutes.
  4. Massage and then wash with water.

Note: Prepare the face scrubs in small batches and try to use them within a week.

H. As A Lip Balm

16. Beeswax, Honey, And Sweet Almond Oil Lip Balm

Beeswax is a common ingredient used in lip balms. This combination of honey, sweet almond oil, and beeswax can keep your lips soft and plump.

You Will Need
  • ½ cup beeswax
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 1 cup sweet almond oil
  1. Add the almond oil and beeswax to a microwave-safe bowl and microwave it for a minute or until the beeswax melts.
  2. Take it out and mix the honey in it.
  3. Pour the mixture in small easy to carry lip balm containers and let it cool down.
  4. You may refrigerate it. Your DIY lip balm is ready!

Though honey is a natural ingredient, it doesn’t mean it is absolutely safe for your skin. You may experience certain side effects.

Side Effects Of Using Honey On Face

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Honey is considered safe for the skin. However, you may develop an allergic reaction to honey. Also, if you are allergic to pollen, bee venom, and celery, you may develop allergic reactions after using honey on your skin. The common symptoms that you may develop include:

  • Itching
  • Rashes
  • Hives
  • Swelling
  • Wheezing

Hence, it is best to do a patch test before using any ingredient. Also, avoid leaving honey on your face for the entire night. It might attract dust and other impurities and cause breakouts.

Honey has long been used as a skin moisturizer and remedy for common skin problems. It is also used as the main ingredient in a variety of skin care treatments, especially for dry skin. With regular usage, honey will leave your skin feeling soft and smooth. Following the methods above will help your skin retain moisture and remain nourished and healthy. Natural therapies, on the other hand, require patience and consistency. They take time to work, but the results are long-lasting. However, honey may cause an allergic reaction. So, it is best to conduct a patch test before using any of these natural remedies.

Frequently Asked Questions

How often should I put raw honey on my face if I have dry skin?

You may use it once daily.

Can I leave raw honey on my skin overnight?

No. It might attract dust particles and cause breakouts.

Is honey good for dry and sensitive skin?

Yes, honey has humectant and emollient properties that may aid in reducing dryness and flakiness experienced by individuals with eczema (1), (13).


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