Finding a natural, yet effective, bath and body regimen was definitely a process. I tried brand after brand of so-called natural products, but having a variety of skin issues did not make finding a good face wash easy. I deal with some skin issues, including extreme sensitivities to many ingredients. Over the years I have been on different medications for my skin issues, allergies, and sensitivities. Everything from antibiotics (oral and topical) to steroid creams. Even those prescriptions didn’t ever completely get rid of everything. And when they did help, there would often be a side effect from the medication, creating an entirely new problem to deal with. It wasn’t until I learned how to use raw honey as a face wash that many of my skin issues began to go away.
Why would I want to use honey to wash my face?
First and foremost, honey is natural. There are no crazy chemicals and no ingredients leaving you tongue-tied from trying to pronounce them. Honey also has beneficial antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, making it excellent for killing unwanted bacteria that cause skin infections such as acne. And despite these medicinal properties, it is still very gentle for sensitive skin. It’s also an anti-inflammatory and odor reducer.
How do I wash my face with honey?
You’ll want to experiment a little to find the right amount of honey for your skin. I have a combination or oily and dry skin, along with patches of large pores and acne. I generally keep a small squeeze bottle of unadulterated honey by my bath and use about a quarter size amount each time I wash. I put just a tiny bit of water in with the honey, massage it onto my face and let it sit for at least five minutes. This waiting period may not be needed for everyone, but I find it really enhances the honey’s healing benefits for my skin. I then rinse with cool water and can immediately see positive results, namely reduced pore size and diminished redness. With regular use, other skin issues resolve; my rosacsea and eczema have vanished and my breakouts have become a thing of the past. Honey has become my twice-a-day face wash, and occasionally and overnight face mask. The longer I leave it on, the better the results.
If you’re especially prone to redness or inflammation, try adding some tumeric or cinnamon with your honey. Both are natural anti inflammatories, turmeric also being a natural antiseptic. And if you prefer a facial scrub, add some baking soda or fine sea salt. Better yet, try this easy (and thrifty!) facial scrub using leftover coffee grounds. The addition of oatmeal is an excellent choice for relieving dry, itchy wintertime skin.
Does it matter what kind of honey I use?
Yes, it does. To gain the full benefits from the honey, you will need to use unadulterated, or raw honey. Those wonderful antimicrobial and antibacterial properties I mentioned above disappear when honey is heated during the pasteurization process. If you wash your face with honey that’s been pasteurized, you will basically be washing with sugar.
Have you used honey in your bath and body routine?