I use pure locally produced manuka honey to cleanse my face in the morning. It is soothing and makes my skin soft and less congested. It also keeps me from getting dry patches around my mouth and nose. I always keep a jar of this in my kitchen because it works wonderful on cuts too because of it anti-bacterial qualities. I place a small amount in a condiment bowl, scoop it up with my fingers, and spread on my slightly damp skin. I then make sure to work it in my skin by massaging it all over my face and letting it sit for a couple of minutes like a mask. All you do next is rinse with warm water and pat dry. I still like Burt Bee's Radiance cleanser with bee pollen, but this is a step up from that. Plus it is organic. I love it!
I used raw honey for a few months a while ago and I did see results. The beauty is, it is cheap! I had some scars and feel like in combiination with the retinol, I got rid of some of them.
I have really sensitive oily skin that breaks out constantly. Being 26 I thought my skin would get better not worst as I get older. A few months ago I developed really bad perioral dermatitis . It's a dry red rash around your nose and mouth. I tried everything to get rid of it but it just got worst. My skin was so sensitive I started using la Roche posay dermo cleanser for intolerant skin. I was still get clogged pores and pimples but this helped calm my skin. I read on here about honey and decided to try. I brought manuka organic honey . I have to say it is amazing! I never write reviews but I had to share. I first was my face twice with the la Roche cleanser using a wash cloth to steam pores then I pay dry my face and use a small amount of honey and rub onto face for a few minutes. I don't wash off. This is the key I rub in a la Roche moisturiser for sensitive combination skin. It takes most of the stickiness away. I use more honey at night and less at day so it isn't as sticky. My perioral dermo has gone completely. I haven't had any new pimples. My skin looks glowing and is so much more calmer and smoother. I wish I had started this sooner and not wastes so much money on skin care. Raw honey is a must if u have sensitive dry but pimples and oily skin
This works well for cleaning out your pores, and works for a mass majority as a lovely facial wash. However, honey after 3 months of trying billions of brands (all raw) and manuka, i continued to have strange break outs while it did help so much with my blackheads. Raw buckwheat honey has all the benefits of manuka, so if you're looking to save money i'd still go for the best and order buckwheat!
Although it was reasonably bad on my skin, it was a brilliant transition for my skin off commercial cleansers and African black soap (which tricks you into thinking it is good for the first few weeks but through over drying will cause a huge backlash of acne later on) and it allowed me to find goats milk (i use powdered form - easy to mix with some water in my hands and spread all over face)! It cleans off all of my makeup which i never found honey was quite able to accomplish, and for extra face exfoliation i use some goats yogurt (i react to Dairy - yes, even on my skin!). Allowed my acne ridden skin punished constantly with my picking to be clear and pore-less for the first time since i was 14!
It never fails.... whenever i am at Trader Joes buying jars and jars of Raw Organic Honey, the cashiers and/or other shoppers ask "what do you do with all this honey?" I can't tell you how many people i have turned Raw Organic Honey on as a facial wash. It just works so well, i couldn't logically purchase my expensive facial cleansers, that i thought would make my skin look great, and boy was i wrong! I use Raw Organic Honey to wash my face & fresh aloe vera as my moisturizer. Is it really this simple?? The answer is YES! I never had so many people ask me "what do you use for your clear complexion?" and yes, the stunned reactions after i tell them Raw Organic Honey is priceless, but the truth is it just works! Look up the benefits to both it is asounding that more skin care lines dont use these ingrediants. Hey, maybe that's what i should do?? lol
Lately my skin has been extremely red and splotchy. I thought I just needed better makeup to cover it up. As I was talking to a consultant in Ulta, she recommended switching face washes. I didn't even think of that! I have used so many different face washes- Noxima, two different Simple products, St. Ive's, AcneFree, just to name a few. Simple Smoothing Facial Scrub worked okay, but when I switched to Simple Moisturizing Facial Wash, my skin freaked out. My face was red ALL over; makeup wouldn't even cover it up, either. Not only that, with all of these face washes, my face always felt warm to the touch. It was the weirdest thing! I was so unbelievably fed up.
I did my research, and I came across raw, organic honey. My thought was, "why the heck not?" Maybe it was the chemicals in all of the face washes that made my skin so red. I ordered a 1 lb paste from SawnsonVitamins.com for like $7.19. I also decided to try the Jojoba Oil. My routine for the past month or so has been to put the honey on my dry face for 15 minutes to even an hour some nights. Then I wash it off with warm water and splash cold water to close my pores. I have noticed the redness has gone down dramatically (it's still there, and it might just be that I'm over-critical). Not only that, but my skin is not warm to the touch anymore (thank God!). What's more, my pores don't look as large and clogged.
That being said, my acne marks (which I hardly ever get) have not miraculously disappeared like some others. I only have a few on my lower left chin. I even tried putting honey on these scars and bandaging them up over night; no such luck. With honey, the pimples I had before starting this regiment have taken forever to go away.
However, I haven't really gotten any pimples since starting the honey, so it must be good for preventing pimples!
The Jojoba Oil, now, is a little different. I've been using it every other day or so because I have fairly oily skin. I don't really like the feeling, don't really notice a difference if I use it or don't use it, and it comes off all over my pillowcase at night anyways. It does make my hair feel nice, though.
Pros: Evening out complexion, unclogging pores, preventing pimples, Alllllllll natural!
Cons: Getting rid of immediate acne, not so good at getting rid of acne scars.
Raw Honey! I love this stuff. Makes skin so soft and smooth. Helps with scarring and making skin more even toned. I do a mask twice a week and leave on for about 30 minutes. Really has made a huge difference in my complexion. Make sure you get RAW honey. You can buy it at trader joes or whole foods.
Raw honey (organic, unprocessed, unpausterized) has helped clear my acne marks in two weeks approx.
I'm still making progress, but can see a notable difference on my skin's balance. It's less patchy and dry, and acne marks have gone from red to a subtle pink.
I had been having problems this past year with acne due to high levels of stress and (probably) a poor diet. Tried it all out: drugstore and department store face cleansers to glycolic acid peelings. I got such a bad burn from the latter that I started looking into natural alternatives. Did sea salt plus water, but found it too harsh on my now uber sensitive skin.
Raw honey proved to be soothing and effective in no time, at least in calming my skin. Now acne marks are healing faster. I also recommend taking multi-vitamins supplements, I swear they assist the healing process from the inside.
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.