When I stopped using drugstore facial cleansers a few years ago, it became my mission to find a completely natural replacement that would leave me with clean, glowing skin. After trying a few different options, I finally found my one true cleansing love: raw honey!
Honey has been widely used and highly valued for thousands of years. Many ancient cultures such as the Egyptians or Greeks used it not only in their own diet, but also as offerings to their gods in religious ceremonies and as a treatment for wounds. It is even used in some hospitals today as part of a dressing for different types of injuries because it is so effective at killing germs and speeding the healing process!
Benefits of honey on the skin:
- Raw honey is a powerful antimicrobial that will fight off bacteria, eliminate acne, and prevent future breakouts.
- Yet honey is also gentle and suitable for all skin types, including very sensitive skin and even eczema.
- It is full of nutrients! Honey contains high levels of vitamins, minerals, trace elements, antioxidants, and live enzymes.
- It is a natural humectant (a substance that attracts and retains moisture) so it leaves the skin feeling soft and supple.
Important: In order for your honey face wash to work as promised, it must be RAW honey. Honey that has been processed and pasteurized has had all of its beneficial enzymes and probiotics destroyed and is essentially just a liquid sugar. Look for raw/unpasteurized/unfiltered honey at your local farmers market or co-op.
How use honey as a face wash:
- Pull hair back. The honey face wash is like a magnet for stray hairs so I like to use a thick headband at my hairline.
- Scoop about 1/2-1 teaspoon of raw honey into your hand. Depending on the texture of your honey, you may want to add up to a few drops of water to make it more spreadable. Alternately you can very slightly dampen your face first.
- Using your fingertips, gently spread honey across your face, massaging it into the skin.
- Leave honey on the face as long as you like. I often put it on before I go clean the kitchen or work on some other project and forget about it for a while.
- Rinse with warm water and pat dry with a towel.
- I sometimes like to follow it up by applying a few drops of organic witch hazel as a toner.
Note: Raw honey can come in many different textures, from super smooth and pourable to thick and creamy. If I get to the bottom of the jar and it has started to crystallize slightly, I consider it a bonus exfoliating scrub!
So what do you think mammas? Have you ever used honey on your skin? I’d love to hear about how it worked for you!