Hand Saving Recipe!

Honey Sugar Scrub Hand Treatment 

1 tbsp honey

1 tsp sugar

1/2 tsp coconut oil

1/2 tsp powdered milk

1/4 tsp lemon juice

Mix together into a slightly runny paste in a bowl.

Apply gently rubbing the mixture into damp hands. Let mixture sit on hands for at least 10 minutes. I recommend applying the mixture onto hands over the sink and putting each hand in a baggie to contain any mess. Wash hands in warm not hot water without soap. Once rinsed off apply hand cream.

I like to do this treatment once to twice a week at night.

If you have any allergies or sensitivities to any of the ingredients please don’t try this recipe.

Top Types of Honey For Skin Care & Health!

From skin-care multitasker to wellness elixir, honey is stepping out of the shadows from its sweet-stuff reputation to take the reins as one of the hottest total-health ingredients. You’ll want to incorporate this sweet ingredient into your diet and skin care to reap all it has to offer. Here’s how:

1. Buckwheat Honey: For a High-Dose of Vitamin C
Considered the antioxidant powerhouse, buckwheat honey is the darkest in color and has one of the highest concentrations of vitamins (it actually contains vitamin c).

Internal: Similar to molasses in taste and color, Bee Raw Buckwheat Honey’s ($12) semisweet flavor lends an earthy, malt-like flavor that pairs perfectly with citrus fruits, mild cheese or greek yogurt.
Topical: Formulated with a blend of honey, coconut fruit extract, tonka beans and jasmine, Molton Brown Ultrasmooth Coco de Mer Body Lotion ($30) offers serious hydration and a delicate, floral scent.

2. Manuka Honey: For Serious Skin Care
The antibacterial one in the bunch, manuka honey can be hard to come by (the true form is only found from New Zealand manuka plants and there are set measurement systems dedicated to verifying its authenticity), but its unique enzymes and compositions make it a potent multitasker.

Internal: With just one ingredient, Honeymark Manuka Honey Lozenges ($8) slightly sticky (but not overly sweet), pure honey drops can help relieve a sore throat while freshening breath.

Topical: Harnessing the hydrating power of manuka honey plus potent peptides, Dermelect Cosmeceuticals Get Lifted ($44) claims to fight the signs of aging for a more contoured, youthful look.

CT Esthetic- I will buy a jar of straight Manuka Honey and add it to a mask or use as a acne spot treatment sparingly!

3. Royal Jelly: For Overall Health and Aging
Not honey or bee pollen, royal jelly is a unique substance that is the food of the Queen Bee (who lives about four to six years, while the average worker bee only lives six weeks); Traditional Chinese Medicine considers it a key ingredient both internally and externally in the fight against aging and for overall health.

Internal: Unprocessed and sans additives, BeeAlive Pure & Natural Royale Jelly ($125 for a three-month supply) is said to help increase energy and vitality with just one-fifth teaspoon a day.
Topical: Just a few drops of Hey Honey Good Night Royal Honey Gel ($39) leave skin looking dewy, refreshed and radiant thanks to the powerful ingredient of CoQ10.

4. Wildflower Honey: For Fighting Allergies
Comprised of a wide variety of nectars, wildflower honey comes from undefined sources, typically during Spring. It is one of the most common types of honey and is usually the one associated with combating allergies.

Internal: Expertly blended to create a unique flavor balance, Honey Republic Organic Wildflower Honey ($11) is a healthy substitute for sugar in sauces and spreads.

Ct Esthetic – The more local the honey the better when used internally for allergies!

Topical: Burt’s Bees’ star honey ingredient is beeswax, a potent nourisher that meets with shea, almond and aloe vera in its skin-perfecting Sugar Scrub ($13).

CT Esthetic – A simple mask made of honey & yogurt (plain cow, goat, or sheep, the higher the fat content the better) is a great mask for dry, acne, mature, sensitive or mature skin.

Via New Beauty

While I’ve attempted to use

credible sources for information,

this is not intended to be a

substitute for professional

medical advice or treatment.

If there is a disparity between

the information presented

within this blog and the advice

given by your medical professional,

please follow the medical professional’s

advice as he/she will know you

and your medical circumstances.

Don’t eat or use honey topically if you have a bee allergy!  Avoid yogurt if you have a dairy allergy!

DIY | You asked for an answer to your lackluster winter skin, and here it is!

Reblogged from Jake Sauvage

Originally posted January 2012: Dull, dehydrated winter skin is once again a concern for a lot of my readers, so I thought I’d repost a pretty popular DIY tutorial from last year – enjoy guys!

   So a few people have e-mailed me asking for advice on treating problematic winter skin…and here’s a really easy DIY treatment to get the ball rolling! This scrub is perfect because the lemon is chock full of vitamin C (which helps to increase collagen production and even out skin tone) and fruit acids – this means it’s going to help smooth out unevenness in texture, tone and help to reduce the size of enlarged pores. That being said – let’s get right into the tutorial!

Important Note: I know it’s a completely different seasonal worry…but if you’re a fan of fake tanners (much like myself) then this scrub is also fantastic at removing self tanner buildup and fading the appearance of “mishaps”.


Brightening Lemon  Body Scrub

What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup of finely milled sea salt (or sugar). (The sea salt will really help to slough away dead skin cells and assist the lemon zest in brightening the skin.)
  • 3 tablespoons of honey. (The honey works to kill surface bacteria – and also works against inflammation.)
  • 1 teaspoon of finely grated lemon zest. (The lemon zest is naturally high in vitamin C which will help to increase elasticity and even out skin tone.)


  • Stir all of the ingredients until well-blended.
  • Rub the mixture vigorously over any dull or dry areas on body.
  • Rinse the mixture with lukewarm water.

   See – wasn’t that easy!? I love the smell of this scrub in the morning (and if you use it in the morning you’ll notice that your makeup goes on much smoother too)! Instantly, your skin should have a boost in radiance and feel incredibly smooth – isn’t it amazing what we can whip together with just a few household ingredients?

The Buzz About Bees In Skin Care!

Kate Middleton/Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (Catherine Elizabeth “Kate”; née Middleton) is the wife of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and a member of the British Royal Family.

Mentioned in Vanity Fair’s new profile on Kate Middleton, is those facials done with bee venom, a.k.a. Nature’s Botox (as they’re being purported as). Apparently she was turned onto them by the Duchess of Cornwall, who’s found them highly effective.

Deborah Mitchell has been treating the Duchess of Cambridge with her signature bee-sting facial (heavenskincare.com) since just before the Royal Weddinghttp://www.officialroyalwedding2011.org/

Deborah, whose celebrity clients include Dannii Minogue and Victoria Beckham, is launching her new Limited Edition Heaven Golden Bee Venom Mask.

The new Heaven Golden Bee Venom Mask goes on sale in May 2012 along with the new Bee Venom Mask Black Label.

Does this really live up to the hype?

Via Wall Street Journal


The latest magic ingredient being added to skin creams, lip-plumping potions and sticky face masks has been creating buzz.

Known as “natural botox,” New Zealand bee venom has show-business celebrities and royalty clamoring for a sting. But the product doesn’t come cheap, as Lucy Craymer details on Lunch Break.

Bee venom, long used in ancient medicine, is being touted as a “natural Botox” that stimulates the body’s production of collagen and elastin to smooth, lift and tighten skin. The venom also contains a compound called melittin, which has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties.

Much of the clinical research into bee venom has focused on its effect on diseases like cancer and arthritis. Studies of its uses as a skin-care treatment have been limited.

“I couldn’t find any legitimate scientific studies of the benefit of bee venom either topical or injected,” says David Leffell, a professor of Dermatology and Surgery at Yale School of Medicine. “Within the world of anti-aging…every six months there is a new agent that comes on, but one of the things that is important is whether or not it can get through the skin.”

Dr. Leffell says he remains skeptical of the extent that bee venom could smooth or tighten skin. There is evidence, however, that the honey also in many of the products could be beneficial as a moisturizer, he says.

Still, demand has been strong since British tabloids reported that Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, used bee-venom skin-care products before the royal wedding last year. More recently, actress Gwyneth Paltrow said on her blog Goop that she had “been given bee venom therapy for an old injury” and as a result the injury had since disappeared.

[image] Mills Farm Marina’s Apiary Ltd.After bees ‘sting’ a glass plate, above, venom can be collected by scraping it with a razor blade.

One gram of venom from New Zealand, a major producer, is the equivalent of 10,000 bee stings and costs about $304—more than eight times the current value of gold, according to industry sources. Venom produced outside of New Zealand is sold at lower prices.

Judith Salisbury, who owns cosmetics maker Abeeco Ltd., says prices for New Zealand venom are up 33% in the past 12 months. The Auckland-based company sells a full line of bee-venom products, including a lip plumper that costs $29.

Heaven, a line of skin-care products based in Shropshire, England, includes the venom in its eye cream (about $85) and mask (about $100). Another company, Manuka Doctor, sells a line of bee-venom products that it says targets blemishes and reduces the appearance of scars and wrinkles. Prices range from $13 to $67.

Christchurch bee keeper Allister Maclean, who operates Sensational Bees, says his bees had been producing honey for around six years but he moved into venom a couple of years as a sideline business.

“We supplied [Abeeco] with pollen and the bee-venom capsules and so when they wanted it for the cream we got a bit more venom for him,” says Mr. Maclean.

Bee keepers have various methods to harvest the venom, but most use a “collection frame,” a frame wired with electrodes and covered with a piece of glass. The frame is mounted in a bee hive. When the bees come in contact with it they receive a mild electrical shock and sting the glass. The bees return to the hive unharmed and the venom is collected to be used in creams.

“It looks like salt on glass, and we scrape it off with a razor blade,” says Philip Cropp, an electrician by trade who owns Nelson Honey & Marketing Ltd. in Nelson, New Zealand. In some products the venom is purified before it is added to cosmetics. When applied to the skin, bee venom is said to occasionally tingle depending on the consumer’s skin but has no lasting effect.

Bee-venom products are also finding their way into salons and spas.

Ina Bajaj, owner of Australasian day spa franchise East Day Spa, based in Auckland with spas around the region, offers a 30-minute and 60-minute bee-venom facial that costs between $65 and $95.

“We really started using bee venom when the whole Kate Middleton fad happened,” Ms. Bajaj says. “Initially there were one or two players on the market and then there was a lot more.”

A version of this article appeared June 28, 2012, on page D2 in the U.S. edition of The Wall Street Journal, with the headline: Latest Skin-Care Buzz: Bee Venom.
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