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.
- Honey is a natural substance, so you and the environment are safe and healthy. And there aren't any plastic blobs that you contributed to our waterways.
- Honey itself is antibacterial AND antimicrobial. Gunk in your pores from dirt and bacteria? Smear that honey on!
- For centuries, honey was used to treat wounds as a salve. Tender skin, new eruptions, rashes and burns can all benefit from a sweet scrub.
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?