Meg here! Yes, that is a photo of me in disbelief after touching how incredibly soft my face was with the great Ole Henriksen. His fabulous esthetician Xavier made my face incredible after Ole Henriksen’s signature soothing honey facial.
Ole Henriksen? Celebrity facialist to the stars (Katy Perry, Charlize Theron, Mark Wahlberg, Naomi Campbell etc.) and the secret ingredient is honey!? Read on!
The National Honey Board was kind enough to send myself and a few other beauty writers off to the famed Ole Henriksen Spa in West Hollywood to learn about the beauty powers of honey. This was not my first trip! Anyone that’s spent time on Megsmakeup.com knows what a huge Ole Henriksen fan I am. His Truth Serum is so amazing, his African Red Tea Indulgent Body Mask (uses honey) Sugar Glow Face Scrub (uses honey) and many of his A-List custom facials use honey. Once you realize what a huge honey advocate Henriksen is, it makes perfect sense to learn all of its benefits from the Skin Guru himself.
Ole Henriksen grew up in a very small village to a working class family that didn’t have a lot of money. As a treat, Ole’s mom would add honey to his milk as a special treat. It brings a lot of warm memories back to him and he is an expert on its skin saving properties.
Honey is a natural humectant (it attracts and retains moisture) which makes a perfect, natural ingredient for cleansers, creams, shampoos and conditioners. It also has a ton of soothing antibacterial properties and it’s an antioxidant! oh, and it’s super inexpensive and you probably already have it in your kitchen. So there’s that as well.
Summertime is here and the harmful rays can really do a number on our skin. Here are some easy, soothing recipes that are effective, healing and have been around for ages. Literally, Cleopatra (the Oprah of her time) was a fan and if it’s good enough for the “Cleopatra’s Favorite Things…”
Here is the step by step, homemade way that you too can experience the Hollywood Guru’s popular Honey Facial Treatment. Make a batch in tupperware and these ingredients can be pulled out once a week for a month! I was amazed at how soft Ole’s model’s skin was! Honey? Who knew?
Light some candles, turn on your music and apply! Anyone can do this (that’s coming from someone that barely boils water!)
Step 1: COMPRESS: LAVENDER FACIAL
2 Teaspoons Lavender Essential Oil
Fill sink one-third full of warm water and add lavender essential oil. Stir and inhale the wonderful aroma to induce relaxation. Create a spa environment. Drench a terry cloth towel in lavender water, lightly squeeze out excess water and press firmly against your face for 10 seconds. Repeat 5 times.
Step 2: CLEANSE: HONEY YOGURT PURIFYING CLEANSER
4 Tablespoon Yogurt
2 Tablespoons Honey
2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
Mix all ingredients in a small bowl. Pat cleanser onto your face with an upward circular motion for 1 to 2 minutes. Rinse with lavender water.
Step 3: RE-TEXTURING DEEP CLEANSING HONEY AND FLAXSEED SCRUB
1 Ounce Flaxseed Meal
1 Ounce Almond Oil
1 Tablespoon Honey
Mix all ingredients in a small bowl; allow to sit for a few minutes. Pat scrub onto your face using upward circular motions for 1 to 2 minutes. Rinse with lavender water from sink.
TIP: Use two middle fingers to work scrub into crevices around your nose and chin.
Step 4: MOISTURIZING MASK-OATMEAL CALMATIVE MILK AND HONEY
1/2 Cup Uncooked Oatmeal
1/2 Cup Water
1/2 Cup Milk
1 Tablespoon Honey
1 Unwaxed Cucumber
Grind oatmeal in a blender. In a smal saucepan over medium heat, cook oatmeal, water, milk and honey for 5 to 6 minutes, stirring frequently with a spatula or spoon. Remove from heat and allow to cool. If necessary, add a little more water to ensure mask is thick but not runny. Grate cucumber and place on a long piece of cheesecloth the width of temple to temple; roll up like a sushi roll.
Massage a thick layer of plain honey all over your faceand neck before applying mask. Apply mask to your face with upward strokes. Lie down, place cucumber roll over your eyes and relax for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water.
STEP 5: HEALING APPLICATION-LAVENDER COMPLEXION OIL
1 Ounce Almond Oil
1 Teaspoon Lavender Essential Oil
Mix oils in a small cup or bowl. Place a dime-sized amount on damp palms and massage into your skin for 1 to 2 minutes.
STEP 6: FABULOUS!!!!
Your skin is glowing, top off with your SPF and now you have a perfect base for your makeup! This is a great Sunday night ritual! It’s really not hard to do, once you have the prep done you have a Hollywood signature treatment ready to go!
It makes sense to get a batch of this ready because you know you’re going to be out in the elements! From the wise words of Benjamin Franklin “Tart words make no friends, a spoonful of honey will catch more flies than a gallon of vinegar.”
Honey has so many uses! What’s your favorite at home recipe and have any of you been using the miracle of honey in your “getting glam” routine?