When i first heard about using raw honey as a face wash I was skeptical. You expect it to be sticky and gross on the face. But it's not at all! It's fantastic! One of the best things Ive discovered. First, if you're new to the idea, you need to use RAW honey. Not the cheap processed honey from the grocery store. Some grocery stores may sell raw honey, but usually you need to go to a health store or whole foods type store. Its only the raw, unprocessed honey that contains the highly beneficial naturally anti bacterial ingredients that will help cleanse and nourish your skin. Ive also recently been introduced to Manuka honey, which is a special honey from the manuka plant, its got more anti bacterial properties (at the 16+ level. I hear getting the 12+ isnt worth the extra money, go for 16+) which makes it especially great for acne prone skin. many swear it has cleared up stubborn acne. I dont have acne issues, i do have some broken capillaries and redness, so i figured Id give it a try. Manuka honey is pricey, about $40 a jar. Reg raw honey is around $10- $20. i really like Manuka and havent found it too strong for my sensitive skin. I dont use it all the time though, as ive heard any kind of honey can sometimes make skin turn yellowish. So I'll use it for up to a week and then switch back to a regular organic cleanser. Its best if you can leave the honey on as a mask for a while, anywhere from 10 mins to an hour, a couple x a week as an extra treatment. I like to add a couple drops of essential oil as an extra treat. Some people like to add an oil, such as jojoba. i dont like to wash this way, as it will leave a bit of oil behind when you rinse. If you want a moisturizing film, try that, i prefer a clean rinse and moisturize after. The honey is best in my opinion if it is smooth, not crystalized, as that is rough on sensitive skins. Some people may like the exfoliating though. just be careful and know your skin, so you dont irritate it. Honey rinses easily, so its not sticky and icky. If you are washing at the sink, just be careful not to get it in your hair or drip it. I like Wedderspoon brand for Manuka, and there are so many raw honeys in health stores, many by local beekeepers. Experiment and see what you like best. i only gave 2 stars for packaging, this can depend on the brand. generally its a glass jar which means I have to scoop some out into a more shower friendly container. Since Im usually mixing in some essential oil, id do this anyway though. Id prefer not to add the oil to the large jar, this way i can use diff oils as my supply runs out in the smaller container. in a hurry, a honey bear is the easiest way to wash with honey, so that would get a higher rating for packaging.
I switched to an all natural skin care regime last week after years of lost hope.I bought natural honey,extra virgin olive oil,green tea(not from the store,more natural) and vitamin c, e and k tablets.It has been great so far and I have oily skin and hair.I start by wiping my makeup with the olive oil then I cleanse it with natural soap.I wash with hot water.Then I apply the honey wait 30 min and rinse with cold water.Twice a week before I rinse I scrub the honey off with salt (use sugar if you have dry skin).Then I use the green tea and lemon as a toner (also drink it).Before bed I mix the vitamins and add olive oil and massage it on my face.Everyone's skin is different I know but this has been working great for me.I drink 2-3 lt of water a day.Hope this helps.
Raw honey is great! I wish I would've discovered this earlier in my life instead wasting my time on moisturizers that have either a) not worked and/or b) broke me out from heavy fragrance, not to mention that all moisturizers from the drugstore contain denatured alcohol of some sort in order to preserve the shelf life. The irony of most beauty products that promise to "erase wrinkles" and "moisturize" is that they contain ingredients that, in the long wrong, will do just the opposite! I guess they'd go out of business if they created products that truly worked. Thus, my search for a moisturizer --which ended up treating my acne surprisingly.
Raw honey is the secret acne fighting and moisturizing treatment that cosmetic companies are praying that no one finds out about. It has anti-bacterial benefits to it as well as superior moisturizing capabilities. I had been using moisturizers but not really feeling like the moisture was sinking into my skin in the deeper layers. Instead, I was left with a shiny face.
I use raw honey (which can be found at Whole Foods or The Vitamin Shoppe) twice a day. At night, I use Dr. Bronner's magic soap bar with a wash cloth and gently wash my face to get rid of make-up. After my shower, I apply the raw honey all over my face (and even my lips! -yum!) and then just relax and watch tv for 15 minutes. If my face is in dire need of acne treatment and/or moisture, I up the time to 1 hr. I then rinse off the honey with warm water and follow with a splash of cold water to close the pores. In the morning, I wet my face with warm water and use my fingers to loosen up oil and keep doing this for awhile, then use the raw honey as a cleanser and rinse off.
Raw honey has saved my face because I used Dove soap (after reading all the great reviews) on my face a few days, and I guess it just doesn't agree with me because it REALLY dried my face out! Which is strange since I have fairly oily combination skin. I mean, it dried my face out in the deeper layers -- I almost cried when I caught a glimpse of myself in the rearview mirror. I looked like I had aged 15 years! Not to mention, along with the dryness, I broke out on my forehead and chin like crazy! A sad week it was; so depressing.
I did intense raw honey treatments every night for an hour for 3 days and my acne cleared and my skin was plumped back to its normal suppleness, thank goodness. I now just stick to the raw honey routine and I get compliments all the time on how great my skin looks. Please give it a try and if you don't like it, you can always spread the honey on your toast or put it in smoothies.
I've had this horrible rash between my breasts for years that comes and goes without rhyme or reason - it's gets worse and worse, until it's a kind of hard, orange crust that I can then scrub off, and then it's better and just slightly red for a while, until it starts again.
Anti-fungals, antibiotics, soothing moisturizers, steroids, hormone creams and peels ALL just make it flare. I was despairing.
But honey is healing it. I apply a thin layer of raw honey once or twice a day, and it's better than is has been in a LONG time - barely visible, and still improving.
No wonder "honey" is a pet name for someone you love...
Honey is absolutely amazing. Not only is it good for you, but it's great for your skin and there are multiple uses for it. Recently, I have had a very bad hormonal breakout with a bunch of cystic pimples. Typically I have very good skin that is not sensitive whatsoever and even if I sleep with my make up on, I do not break out. Unfortunately I had 4 deep seeded huge mountains appear on my face over night. I was super insecure about it, especially because I typically do not get horrible disgusting pimples like this and I was previously glowing because my skin was so clear. I had been using acne treatments (astringent, Persa Gel 10, etc) and it was slightly helping but my skin felt raw and painful. I had huge mountains that were swollen and some of them were scabbing. I thought I had properly drained the pimple but instead it became super inflamed and I kept seeing puss come to the surface and it was so hideous. My face was literally swollen and I was in so much pain. I just wanted the swelling to go away and these pimples to disappear. I used to wash my face with honey and sea salt to exfoliate and brighten my skin and I remembered how well my skin was doing at the time. I decided to slather on some Organic Honey and left it on for a few hours. I wiped it off before bed and when I woke up, I was astonished! My horrible cystic pimples/swollen scabs were almost gone! I was literally in disbelief. It honestly made my swollen pimples seriously flatten out. That has never happened to me before, not even with my most expensive spot treatment. It also really seemed to take away the redness and the mark of my pimples/scabs all together. This is now my go to product for cystic acne and swelling.
Honey!! Another miracle product! :)
-Great for wrinkles
-Gives your face a natural glow
-Use this with 1/2 cup of brown sugar for a good body scrub
-cures COUGHS (works better than any cough medicine)
-mixed with hair conditioner and lemon juice, a great "over time" natural hair lightener
I don't use raw honey as a cleanser. I don't use any cleanser unless I'm wearing makeup, and that's only if it's waterproof makeup like mascara. Every night I use a hot wet washcloth to steam and clear out my pores, and then just a drop or two of the raw honey rubbed onto my still damp face. I rub for a good 2 or 3 minutes until it is completely absorbed. I used to have oil plugs come out like with OCM, which I stopped doing when I ran out of jojoba oil, but not anymore. It has given my face a glow I've never had before and decreased the need to wear makeup at all. Mornings, I will use a washcloth in the shower and apply the honey when I get out. It dries a little sticky, but then I apply sunscreen and all stickiness is gone. I recently made a separate bottle to use at night to deal with the stickiness factor. I took 2 tablespoons of raw honey and put them in an empty clean opaque glass serum pump bottle. I then added 10 drops each of essential oils in jojoba good for skin and shook the bottle. The ones I used are the ones I have--rose, sandalwood, neroli, and frankinsence--all in jojoba so they are pre-diluted. Anyway, now no stickiness and the mixture smells divine and is doing wonders for my skin. Now I use all my retinol and AHA creams on my feet at night and on my keratosis pillaris upper arms. I wish I could use this mixture on my body too, but it would have to be right when stepping out of the shower, and then I would worry about getting honey or oil that hasn't absorbed on my clothes, so I don't do that.
A few weeks ago I came across using raw honey as a face wash, and since it is antibacterial and helps with acne I figured I'd give it a try. I have sensitive, acne prone skin and have been having mild breakouts on my forehead especially. I don't wear much makeup, and at night I just take a wet washcloth and wipe my face to get most of it off, then rub the honey on my slightly wet face for a couple of minutes. I let it sit between ten minutes to an hour, rinse off, use apple cider vinegar toner, and moisturize. My skin has cleared up and already looks and feels healthier and smoother than it has in quite awhile. I'm very happy so far!
I use this as a face wash. My skin is soft, smooth, clean, and clear of acne. If I use heavy makeup, I do use jojoba oil to remove that in the PM. When I 1st began using honey as a face wash, within a couple of days, my boss came up to me and told me I was just glowing!!! She said it looked like I was in love. What a fabulous compliment.
Honey takes off my face makeup very well and I use almond oil on my eyes. I LOVE honey as a cleanser, a hydrating mask and a scrub. I had gotten a bad reaction from trying aveno positively radiant scrub, toner and day cream after one use. I went looking for help and the beauty tech gave me samples of Philosophy cleanser, toner, calming cream and moisturizer. She said it was all for sensitive skin. I went home and it made everything worse. Then I was given products from Avene. This helped a bit but not nearly enough. So finally I read about honey. I made a mask of honey and milk and left in on for 30 minutes. WOW it helped immensely. Now I cleans with honey and add brown sugar and milk to make a scrub twice per week. In the day I use sweet almond oil after the honey and this helps a lot. At night I use pure shea butter. I still have that expensive avene on my counter and once my skin recovers I will use it so I don't waste all that money but I will never buy expensive skincare again. I nirmally have dry skin but the aveeno has keft me with very dry and sensitive skin. All hail the wonders of honey!