Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Replacing your face wash with raw honey

It's true.  I wash my face with honey. Although I am in my 30s, I am frequently frustrated by skin that looks like it belongs to a highschooler.  Over the years, I've tried pretty much every wash on the market and haven't really found anything to help. If it cleared up my skin, then it dried out badly. I didn't dare use a moisturizer, though! Moisturizer brought the breakouts that "necessitated" the face wash in the first place!

Organic washes did nothing for me and I had a brief foray into the oil cleansing method. By brief, I mean it lasted a week... which was possibly not long enough to really get it to work, but nonetheless, I gave up. I bought another bottle of facial wash and then read that they are often filled with plastic beads that wind up in the oceans. Fantastic. Back to the drawing board!  Then, I discovered a mention of using honey instead of soap and since a friend of mine has bees, I bought an extra jar and decided to give it a try.


My skin. Oh my skin. Honey isn't a miracle cure for acne, but it's gentle way of cleansing and healing without using chemicals that won't dry out your skin. (Actually, yes, it will dry out your skin... but that's what helps with the healing of acne.) 

If you are going to try this method, give it a week. Make sure you use RAW honey. And finally rinse well. Honey sticks to everything. 

I keep a bottle of honey in the shower (next to my cinnamon sugar foot scrub and the apple cider rinse... Shower? Kitchen?  You'll never know!) and wash my face daily with maybe half a teaspoon. If my skin is extra clogged from the weather or a hard workout at the sweaty gym, I keep a small jar of honey that has partially crystallized in the bathroom as well. In this case, I use it as a mask, leaving it on for 10 minutes before scrubbing it off in a circular manner with warm water.

So now you know what I do with my skin... what do you do with yours?  What's your favorite way to cleanse your skin?

11 comments:

Eco Yogini said...

me too me too i wash my face with honey! it is SO AMAZING. :) In the past two years my face has never been happier.

AP said...

I have pushed off incorporating honey into my routine for years. I tried it for a little bit 1.5 years ago but didn't stick to it.

My biggest issue is storage... How do you ladies store and dispense it?

Laura said...

I store it in ball jars. Ha! I keep everything in ball jars these days... love them!

Eco Yogini said...

@AP: I store mine in a small glass jar that I keep in the shower. Once I run low (or if there is some mold growing... in the maritimes mold grows on everything) i wash it out. Here is a post i did in 2011 with pictures:

http://fiveseed.wordpress.com/2011/10/03/my-face-on-honey/

i just scoop it up with my finger, rub it between my hands and slather it on my face. Rinse with a wash cloth. :)

Betsy (Eco-novice) said...

Intriguing! I've heard of this, but after hearing it from one of our own, perhaps I'll try it...

EMMA said...

I have been washing with my face with honey for over a year now. I have very reactive skin and for me honey is pretty much the 'miracle' product, but I still have to be careful with the sun and what I eat!

Erin aka Conscious Shopper said...

I use the oil cleansing method. I tried honey, but I wasnt happy with it. Just goes to show how we all have different skin types and need to find what works for us.

Amber Strocel said...

I've been washing my face with honey for over six years now, and I love it. I'll never go back to conventional face wash.

Green Bean said...

I've been washing my face with honey ever since Amber wrote a post about it way back when. I'm not convinced that it helps with acne and dry skin but, as someone said, I'd rather pay the bee man than the pesticide man.

Cindy said...

I wash my face with honey on and off. When I use it, I leave it on for a few minutes and then wipe off with a warm washcloth. If you are looking for a good moisturizer, I really like Honey Girl Organics.

Max said...

If ever you want to make your own scrub (with honey or anything else), but don't want to use those plastic beads, I would recommend buying Jojoba beads. They are completely biodegradable and are a renewable resource.

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