Honey provides numerous benefits for the complexion, including antibiotics that help control acne-causing bacteria, natural humectants that keep the skin smooth and moist, and vitamin B to soothe dry, irritated skin. When combined with sugar and a small amount of oil, honey makes an effective, relatively inexpensive facial scrub. Although a honey and sugar facial scrub is safe to use every day, limit scrubs to two or three times per week if your skin is dry or sensitive.

Things You'll Need

Combine equal parts honey and white sugar in a small bowl. For a single scrub, 1 tablespoon of each is sufficient.

Stir in about a teaspoon of olive oil for a smooth consistency. If your skin is dry or sensitive, use equal parts honey, sugar and oil.

Stir the mixture briskly to blend.

Wash your face with lukewarm water and pat it dry with a soft towel. Use clean, moist fingertips to massage the scrub gently into your skin.

Remove the scrub by rinsing your face with lukewarm water and then pat your skin dry or let it air dry.


  • You can make a larger batch of scrub and store it in the refrigerator. For example, use 1 cup of sugar, 1 cup of honey and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Refrigerate the scrub in a tightly covered plastic container or jar and remove a small handful for each scrub.

  • If you like, add a drop or two of essential oil to your facial scrub. Peppermint oil makes a refreshing scrub while chamomile creates a skin-soothing scrub. Carrot seed oil is beneficial for dry, sun-damaged skin and tea tree oil soothes sensitive, oily skin. Use essential oil sparingly; the oil is strong and too much may irritate your skin.

  • If you prefer, use brown sugar in place of white sugar. You can also use different types of oil such as coconut or sunflower oil.