One of Martha Butterworth's latest additions is that of tiny bumble bees flying across eyelids that look as if they've been slicked with honey — which is one of the most interesting makeup looks to stare at on social media right now.
While it’s true that bee populations, including those of honeybees, are being systematically diminished by almost 50 percent by climate change, human invasion, and, yes, even stress (according to New York Magazine), beauty products made out of beeswax, honey, and Royal Jelly aren’t culpable for the seemingly imminent extinction. “The proportion of wax and honey used in cosmetics is a very small amount,” Norman Carreck, Science Director of the International Bee Research Association, tells Yahoo Beauty. Beeswax is a much more sustainable product than paraffin wax, made from petroleum, and honey is a much more sustainable product than sugar, made from sugar beet.” Through cross-pollination, the honeybee contributes to many industries that have contributions in the beauty industry. For example, in the January 8, 2010 issue of Science, Carreck notes, “The California almond industry alone is worth $2 billion annually and relies on over 1 million honey bee hives for cross-pollination.” In the United States alone, the number of hives has decreased from six million after the Second World War to only 2.4 million nowadays.
As the co-author of Beautiful Skin: Every Woman’s Guide to Looking Her Best at Any Age, and a former beauty editor, having gorgeous skin is part of my job. This is how Honey cured my Rosacea.
We caught up with Philip Berkovitz, the creative genius behind Philip B. Botanical Products International, to get the scoop on why we should work honey into our daily beauty regimens.
By Kari Molvar From the Kitchen of: Angela Jia Kim, founder of Savor Spa and Om Aroma & Co “This mask is detoxifying but it also has moisturizing properties since honey is a natural humectant. Cinnamon speeds up your skin’s regeneration and is antiseptic, making it a powerful anti-aging and purifying ingredient (if you’re pregnant, you may want to leave out this ingredient). Nutmeg gently exfoliates—with a delicious aroma.” One for the Recipe Box: Moisturizing Honey Mask 1tsp of cinnamon 1tsp of nutmeg 2tbsp of organic manuka honey “Mix ingredients together in a bowl and then apply to damp, clean skin.
Photo: Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu A native of Ethiopia, Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu is the founder of soleRebels, a line of colorful footwear that pairs Ethiopian craftsmanship with western design. The handmade, fair-trade shoes are made entirely in her native country and sold in 55 others. Alemu, who was recently named a Forbes Woman to Watch, takes pride in spreading her Ethiopian culture and style across the globe. Doing beautiful things to uplift and empower other people is the ultimate expression of beauty.” Unlike the United States, Amelu’s native country doesn’t celebrate stress, and that laid back attitude encourages a positive outlook that she says contributes greatly to overall wellness and health. She also comes from a rich tradition of do-it-yourself beauty.
Many of the contents of our refrigerators are promising starts to a whole new skin care regime. If you have aloe juice, add to a spray bottle and refresh you skin, says Rianna Loving, esthetician, natural skincare expert and founder of Orgo Beauty. Or add a piece of the plant to a bottle with filtered water and create you own infusion in a spray bottle. Papaya Papaya’s enzymes act as an exfoliant, by removing dead skin cells and breaking down inactive proteins, says Dr. Jennifer Lee, M.D., of REN Dermatology in Franklin, Tennessee. Papaya can also help even out skin discoloration.
Popsicles don’t quite count as cooking, do they? Encouraged, even! And with the hydrating coconut milk in these popsicles, they could probably double as super-cold face masks should you find yourself on a deserted island with nothing but pre-made, still-frozen treats. Ingredients -2 cups coconut milk -1/2 cup honey -1/2 vanilla bean, scraped -pinch of salt -4 fresh figs, thinly sliced Method Combine all ingredients except for the figs in a large bowl and whisk to combine. Place fig slices into the popsicle molds and press against the sides.