How To Use Honey for Skin Whitening

Honey For Skin WhiteningBeautiful even skin tone without blemishes and pigmentation – This is a dream of every girl regardless of age and region. Isn’t it? Sun, pollution, free radicals and other factors lead to excess production of melamine in the skin. Without proper information and in a rush we often fall prey to chemical-based skin lightening treatments. The chemicals like paraben, lauryl sulphate and others not only damage your skin but also cause cancer. By substituting chemical based products with natural homemade recipes, you can lighten your skin without any side effects.

In this article, we are going to learn how honey can help in lightening the skin. Honey is undoubtedly an elixir for skin problems. Let’s have a look at the benefits of honey for skin whitening.

Does Honey Lighten Skin?

  • The anti-bacterial properties of honey soothes inflammation, defend the skin from irritants and germs.
  • It contains anti-oxidants which slow the aging process.
  • It helps to open up and unclog the pores.
  • It protects your skin from harmful UV rays of sun and increases the skin’s ability to rejuvenate.
  • The natural moisturizing property of honey gives the ability to retain moisture helps honey to maintain the skin healthy, supple and hydrated.
  • It brightens the dull and damaged skin.
  • The enzymes present in promote healthy skin cell production and provide natural glow to the skin.

After reading the benefits of honey for skin, you might be excited to include honey in your regular beauty regimen.

How to use Honey to Lighten the Skin:

Here we have included methods with honey that can lighten up your skin.

1. Honey with Yogurt

The lactic acid present in yogurt lightens the skin while honey soothes the skin and moisturizes the skin.

  • Mix 1 tablespoon of fresh yogurt and 1 1/2 tablespoon of honey.
  • Stir well and apply this mixture over the skin.
  • After 10 – 15 minutes, wash it off with water.
  • Or you can also add 1 tablespoon of oatmeal and follow the same process.
  • Continue this process daily.

2. Honey with Lemon Juice

Process 1:

  • Mix 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of honey.
  • Apply this mixture over the skin and gently massage for few minutes.
  • Let it rest until dries and rinse off with water.
  • Or you can also add 1 teaspoon olive oil or milk or yogurt to the mixture and follow the same process.
  • Repeat this process daily.

Process 2: With Essential Oils

  • Combine equal amounts of lemon juice and honey.
  • Stir well and add essential oils of your choice.
  • Apply this mixture over the skin and leave it for 15 minutes.
  • Rinse off with lukewarm water and pat dry.
  • Follow this process once in a week.

Process 3: With Chickpea Flour and Milk Cream

  • Mix 1 tablespoon chickpea flour, 1/2 teaspoon honey, 1 tablespoon milk cream and 2 – 5 drops of lemon juice.
  • Stir this mixture well and apply over the skin.
  • Leave it for 15 – 20 minutes.
  • Rinse with lukewarm water.
  • Repeat this process regularly for a month to observe the results.

Process 4: With Powdered Milk and Almond Oil

  • Mix 1 teaspoon each of lemon juice and honey, 1 tablespoon powdered milk and 1/2 teaspoon almond oil.
  • Stir well and apply this mixture over the skin.
  • Leave it for 10 – 20 minutes and rinse with cold water.
  • Or you can use milk instead of milk powder and follow the same process.
  • Do this once in every 2 days for quick results.

3. Honey with Cucumber

This combination makes an amazing pack to reduce the dark spots and uneven skin tone.

  • Grate 1/2 cucumber and add 2 tablespoons of honey to it.
  • Stir well and apply this mixture over the skin.
  • After 10 – 15 minutes, rinse it off with cold water.
  • Continue this process 2 times daily.

4. Honey with Gram Flour

Process 1: with Rosewater

  • Combine1 tablespoon honey, 2 tablespoons of gram flour and 4 tablespoons of rose water.
  • Apply this mixture over the skin.
  • Let it rest for 25 minutes.
  • Wash with cold water by gently scrubbing in circular motions.
  • Pat the skin dry and continue doing this process regularly.

Process 2: With Banana

This combination makes an amazing pack which leaves skin intensively soft, supple and nourished.

  • Mash a ripe banana to a smooth paste.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of gram flour and 1 tablespoon honey to it and mix well.
  • Apply a thick layer of this mixture.
  • After 20 minutes, rinse it off with water.
  • Do this process once in a week.

Process 3: With Green Tea

This combination acts as anti aging and also helps to reduce pigmentation.

  • Steep 1 green tea bag in hot water.
  • Mix 2 tablespoons of gram flour and 1 tablespoon of honey and enough amounts of green tea to make a fine paste.
  • Apply this mixture over the skin.
  • After 25 minutes, rinse it off with cold water.
  • Follow the process 3 times a week on regular basis.

5. Honey with Avocado and Oatmeal

  • Mash 1/2 avocado to a smooth paste.
  • Add 1 tablespoon each of oatmeal and honey to it.
  • Stir well for 2 – 3 minutes until oatmeal gets softer.
  • Apply this paste over the skin and let it dry.
  • Wash it off with cold water.
  • To achieve best results, follow this method 3 times a week.

6. Honey with Almond

  • Soak few almonds overnight and grind them in the morning.
  • Add 1 tablespoon honey to almond paste and stir well.
  • Apply this mixture over the skin.
  • After 15 minutes, clean it with cold water.
  • Repeat this process 3 times a week.

7. Honey with Papaya

This combination makes an amazing skin brightening, nourishing and hydrating mask.

  • Blend 1 cup of chopped papaya pieces to a fine paste.
  • Add 1 tablespoon each of papaya and honey and mix well.
  • Wash the skin and apply this mixture.
  • Let it rest for 15 minutes and rinse it off with water.
  • Or you can also add 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel or lemon juice to the mixture and follow the process.
  • Repeat this process daily.

8. Honey with Tomato

  • Blend 1/2 ripe tomato to a smooth paste.
  • Add 1 tablespoon honey to the tomato pulp and stir well.
  • Apply this mixture over the skin.
  • After 20 minutes, rinse it off with cold water.
  • Follow this process 2 times a week.

9. Honey with Milk and Turmeric

Try this pack to give a royal treatment to your skin. In this combination milk hydrates the skin, honey heals the damaged skin and turmeric whitens the skin.

  • Mix 1/4 teaspoon turmeric, 1 teaspoon each of honey and milk.
  • Stir well and apply this mask over the skin.
  • Leave it for 20 minutes.
  • Rinse with lukewarm water followed by cold water.
  • Continue this process 2 – 3 times a week.

10. Honey with Onion

Though onions smell bad, it is an amazing remedy to improve the complexion and reduce wrinkles.

  • Mix 1 tablespoon onion juice and 1/2 tablespoon honey.
  • Apply the mixture all over the skin.
  • After 15 minutes, gently wipe off with a wet cloth.
  • Repeat this process once in a week.

11. Honey with Carrot

  • Blend 1/2 carrot and strain it using cheese cloth to extract the juice.
  • Add 1 tablespoon honey to the carrot juice and stir well.
  • Spread an even layer of the mixture and let it rest for 15 minutes.
  • Wash it off with lukewarm water followed by cold water.
  • Follow the process 2 times a week to achieve desired results.

12. Honey with Cucumber and Fuller’s Earth

  • Grate 1/2 cucumber and add 2 tablespoons fuller’s earth, 1 tablespoon honey and few drops of rose water.
  • Stir well and apply this mixture over the skin.
  • After 20 minutes, clean it off using cold water.
  • Follow this process regularly to get rid of dark and uneven skin tone.

13. Honey with Cabbage

This combination is an amazing pack for skin lightening and reducing the blemishes.

  • Grind couple of cabbage leaves to a fine paste.
  • Dissolve 1/4 teaspoon of yeast in water.
  • Combine cabbage paste, yeast water and 1 teaspoon of honey.
  • Apply the mixture to the skin.
  • After 15 minutes, rinse it off with wet cloth.
  • Repeat this process once in a week.

14. Honey with Chamomile Tea and Almond Oil

Chamomile tea when combined with honey and almond oil makes a wonderful remedy to get a fair and radiant skin tone.

  • Steep 1 chamomile tea bag in hot water and let it cool down.
  • Combine 2 tablespoons of honey, 2 drops of almond oil and 1 tablespoon chamomile tea.
  • Apply this mixture to the skin and leave for 20 minutes.
  • Rinse it off with water and pat the skin dry.
  • Continue this process daily.

15. Honey with Rice Powder

In this combination, rice powder extracts excess oil from the skin and honey nourishes and lightens the skin.

  • Mix 1/2 tablespoon honey, 1 tablespoon rice powder and water to make a fine paste.
  • Apply this paste over the skin and leave it to dry.
  • Rinse it off with lukewarm water followed by cold water.
  • Or you can use rose water or milk instead of normal water and follow the same process.
  • On repeating this process 2 times a week, you will achieve good results.

16. Honey with Strawberries

This combination makes an effective remedy to lighten and brighten the skin tone. It suits all skin types for all age groups.

  • Mash or blend few strawberries to a smooth paste.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of honey to the mixture and stir well.
  • Apply an even layer of the mixture over the skin.
  • Let it rest for 20 minutes and wash it off with cold water.
  • Using process as daily beauty regimen can provide quick results.

17. Honey with Pumpkin

  • Cut a small portion of pumpkin, peel it and blend it a fine paste.
  • Add 1 teaspoon honey to the mixture and stir well.
  • Apply this mixture over the skin.
  • After 25 minutes, wash it off with water.
  • Repeat this process 3 times a week.

18. Aloe Vera with Honey

  • Scoop out gel from an aloe leaf.
  • Mix 1 tablespoon each of aloe vera gel and honey.
  • Apply this mixture over the skin.
  • After 20 – 25 minutes, rinse it off with lukewarm water.

19. Honey with Baking Soda

This combination is a great for exfoliating and lightening the skin.

  • Mix 1 tablespoon baking soda with equal amounts of honey.
  • Rub this mixture over the skin for few minutes.
  • Let it rest for 20 minutes and rinse it off with lukewarm water.
  • Repeat the process once in a week.

20. Honey with Cinnamon

The two ingredients in this pack are very powerful in nourishing and brightening up your skin.

  • Combine 1 tablespoon raw honey and 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder.
  • First, wash the skin with lukewarm water to open up the pores.
  • Pat dry and apply an even layer of the mixture.
  • After 20 minutes, rinse off with lukewarm water followed by cold water.
  • Pat the skin dry with soft cloth.
  • For quick results, follow this process 3 times a week.

Do’s and Don’ts:

  • Always use unprocessed and organic honey.
  • If you have oily skin then you at risk of getting acne and breakouts while using honey, so it is better to do a patch test before application.
  • If you are allergic to pollen, then avoid using honey made from pollen.
  • Never leave honey on the skin overnight as it can cause rashes on your skin.
  • Avoid applying honey if you have cuts, sprains, rashes and infections.
  • Exfoliating at least once in a week helps to remove dead skin cells.
  • Avoid soaps, lotions and gels that contain paraben, sodium lauryl sulphate and added fragrances.
  • Apply sunscreen lotion before going out in the sun.
  • Don’t use harsh bleaching or skin lightening products.
  • Moisturize your skin with natural products like coconut oil, Shea butter and others.

Tried honey for skin whitening? Share your experience with us. If you have any queries write to us in the comments.

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141 comments
    1. Don’t mix honey and body lotion. Just apply honey directly or combine it with any other natural ingredients specified in the article.

  1. please how long will it take to make the skin fair when a person uses a mixture of honey and carrot without any present or future effects

    1. It is difficult to mention the exact time frame as everyone’s skin is different. So, try the process with some patience until you achieve your desired results.

    1. Use baking soda to reduce the black spot. Combine sufficient amounts of baking soda and water. Apply the mixture on the spots. Leave it on for 15 minutes and wipe off with a wet cloth. Repeat the process daily until you notice the results.

    1. You have to choose any one method as per your preference and try it regularly. All the remedies mentioned in the article are effective in lightening the skin, so we recommend to choose any one as per your skin type.

    1. Being natural exfoliant, emollient and nourishing agent, honey is helpful in reducing the appearance of stretch marks. It also reduces the redness and soothes the itchiness. Apply enough amounts of honey on stretch marks for as long as possible and rinse off with water. Repeat the process regularly to achieve the results. Though you cannot expect results overnight, you can reduce them if you follow the method regularly.

    1. Yes, you can just apply honey on the face to lighten the skin as the enzymes present in it promote healthy skin cell production and provide natural glow to the skin.

  2. Can I mix honey n coconut oil for skin Lightening during the day. Is the coconut oil good under the sun

    1. Yes, you can try honey and coconut oil combination for skin whitening. Coconut oil can be used as sunscreen however, it has only SPF of 4 – 5 which may not be sufficient for a long time sun exposure.

    1. Yes, it is useful for dark skin as well. If your skin feels excessively dry then use body lotion. If it isn’t then you can avoid.

    1. It depends on your skin type. If you have oily skin then honey and lemon method is good. If you have dry skin then honey and olive oil method.

  3. Can I aso use process honey alone or with the other items mentioned, and it still works?

    1. You can use honey alone or combine with other ingredients as per your preference. Whichever method you choose, they are effective in lightening the skin.

    1. The best time is to use it after bath. Because, it is better to avoid application of soap or cleanser for at least 4 – 5 hours after trying the method.

    1. Yes, you can try the combination of honey and powdered milk. If the consistency of the mixture is too thick then you can add some water into it.

    1. Yes, the combination of honey and banana can be used to lighten the skin. The two ingredients have beneficial properties that improve skin health and lighten it.

    1. You can use any method mentioned above to treat uneven skin tone. The enzymes present in honey help to produce healthy skin cell production and provide natural glow to the skin.

  4. Pls how can I combine the use of lemon and honey for skin whitening and the mixture of baking soda and water for acne treatment,wouldn’t be any effect?

    1. Trying both the remedies can make the skin excessively dry. As both combinations are effective for skin whitening and treating acne, it is better to choose any one among them.

  5. Hi, really nice article. I have a question,. Does using honey and baking soda really lighten skin? And if so, should I apply it to my face daily?

    1. Yes, baking soda and honey can lighten the skin. Nope, you can repeat the process 2 – 3 times in a week.

  6. Hello,
    Very helpful article. Can i use honey and cucumber to treat pimples as well as even skin tone? Thanks

    1. Yes, you can use the combination of honey and cucumber to treat pimples and even the skin tone. Honey contains emollient properties which keep the skin hydrated and supple. The astringent properties of cucumber shrink the open pores and exfoliate the skin.

  7. Hi… Pls can I use just honey alone for skin lightening, will it work for black skins ? To bring out my natural colour? I’m asking this because I heard it darkens skin please help me clarify this.

    1. Yes, you can use honey alone for lightening the skin and getting back your natural color. It doesn’t lead to dark skin.

    1. Yes, honey and aloe vera are effective in lightening the skin and improving health. Apart from that, we recommend exfoliating regularly, drinking plenty of water, and eating nutritional food.

  8. pls hw many minutes do I v to wait after applying mixture of de lemon juice and honey b4 rising it

    1. It is not possible to lighten the skin overnight because home remedies take some time to reflect the results as they concentrate in curing the root cause of the problem. You have to repeat the regularly for at least 1 month to notice the difference.

  9. I have been using honey with tumeric powder but lately I noticed that my face is getting darker instead of lighter.Pls what could be the reason???

    1. Yes, you have to rinse off the application after 15 – 20 minutes. If you want to apply a natural moisturizer then try cocoa butter or shea butter.

    1. Yes, you can try the combination of lemon and honey mask daily. But make sure to avoid sun light for 4 – 5 hours after trying this combination, as lemon makes skin photosensitive.

    1. Honey and lemon usually don’t cause any acne. So, you can try it without any worries. However, we recommend patch testing before trying it out on the affected areas just to make sure you are allergic to any of these two ingredients.

  10. I have sensitive skin and have acne on my neck and white sports on my legs and white sports doesnt need any thing like hot cream and soap so please ma among the method being listed above, which one will be suitable for lighten that kind of skin type?.

  11. Do you have any suggestion, how to get rid of body odor?? One of my best friend have body odor. it is severe when she sweats.

  12. OK..very nice article you’ve got here,so I know d question has been asked before but for clarification purposes,using honey alone can whiten the skin very effectively like in a month?when I say whiten I mean a very nice fair complexion.wat z d natural remedy for dark knuckles?can honey do the trick?one last question,while whitening does it get rid of black spots on d face leaving it spotless??

  13. I have rashes on my body and uneven tone of complexion and these rashes itches me after bathing,what should I do please?

  14. Last week,I had been suffered from garlic burn and it leaves a scar on my face.I used honey with a combination of baking soda I leave it for only 4 minutes (twice daily) ,after I rinse it off,I apply Myra e 400 IU capsule (one capsule only) overnight,in just three days,it lightens my scar and reduce pigmentation due to garlic burn.It makes my skin supple,smooth and hydrated and even lightens my skin..in the morning when i go out and expose to the sun,i used Myra e Vitawhite with SPF15.Honey with baking soda is very effective on me,even I have a sensitive skin.Thanks for this useful article.On my previous experience about papaya fruit,even without honey its really effective to lighten my skin,it seems like a pinkish white complexion on the skin and it removes dead skin.

  15. I have cold body and when I get over cold my face turns dark and also I have black patches on my nose, around my mouth. Which is suitable exactly for better result on regular use?.

  16. Hi,

    Can i add, honey, milk, baking soda, olive oil, lemon and turmeric to my black soap? ( the black soap is natural, no chemical has been added?

  17. hi Admin.
    am a fair lady,and I have an oily skin that’s so sensitive,due to that I have pimples,its got from heredity from ma mum cus ma dad doesn’t have dat,though my mum’s acne has long gone b4 she got married,am tired of all these pimples,acne and so on,I just want to be natural,wt no makeup,I want to be glowing with that flawless skin and get my fair complexion back so pls Admin,what natural ingredients do I use??I wanted going for honey and papaya since papaya contains paptain,hope that can clear all the darkspots and fight against the pimples from coming back??I have used so many creams for just these acne but it doesn’t want to go,pls help me.
    (2)pls give me a natural recipe to make my cream,I don’t want to but chemicals for creams anymore.pls response, tnx

  18. Right now though,am using tomatoes and onions together on my acne,hope dats good too,I will start the application today

  19. Can I ask you if only pure honey applied to darkened skin on the knee, and elbow (or any other place that has the dead skin cell) does it make my skin brighter to the original form? So I can let my skin has the same color all over them. If it does applied? How long does it take everytime I used? like 10-15mins or something

  20. What if you stay in rural areas, and the honey sold are in ordinary bottle without label…. How do we know if they are processed.
    Can the combinations in the article be applied on the body aside from the face?

  21. is honey can whitens dark underarms and bikini area ? and what is the best remedy for this problems and the combinations of honey for this problems ? thank you.

  22. Hiiiii
    I was used just alovera for lighting skin.but it make darkness on my upper lip.can I use the mixture of honey and lemon to reduce it and for effective fair skin…….and can I use this mixture all over the body

  23. Hi! I really like the article. I have some questions.
    1. How long does the one with akoe vera and honey take?
    2. Can I use it for my whole body?
    3. How many times a week or day do I neeed to put aloe vera and honey on?
    Thanks

    1. 1. You should begin to see results in about 2 weeks
      2. Yes, just be sure to wash thoroughly afterwards.
      3. Once a day is enough

  24. How many days does stay before preparing new one? can I mix any of these and use it till it get finished?

  25. can I use tomatoes milk and youghurt to whitening my skin and can I been using it twice a day maybe morning and nights

  26. Pls tell will honey and yogurt work and is it permanent? 2 question will it work on boys skin (normal skin)

  27. Wao.! Useful article, but pls can I use honey alone as my.cream , no mixing , and will.it still be effective?

  28. Hi
    For a person who has oily and acne prone skin, what would u recommend for exfoliation.

    1. Not sure about using white vinegar, but you can try mixing a skin-lightening mask with 1 tablespoon of powdered milk, 1 tablespoon honey, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, and 2 drops of essential oil.

  29. hello
    i like this articles, please I have a question
    1)can I mixed honey to my body cream
    2)what can I mixed with honey to make my face light and smooth and
    no side effect.

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