I am in my late 30s and have had dry skin/dry hair with 3b natural curl and have struggled for ages to find ways to keep my skin and hair happy. I hate to sound dramatic - but honey (at 3$ a bottle) has done more for me than the hundreds of other MUCH more expensive products I have used.
Face: I use honey on my face whenever it feels dry, tight or I know the weather is really cold/dry. I spray my face with rosewater and rub some honey on. I leave it about 5 mins and wash it off , followed by moisturizer. Once a week I crush 3 aspirin into a tblsp of honey and use that as a mask for 15-20 mins and it works miracles. Any redness or pimple are greatly diminished and my skin glows.
Hair: I have fine, dry 3b curls and honey has worked wonders in moisturizing and keeping frizzies at bay ( I avoid silicone products). I just add about a tsp to my conditioner and rub it on my hair, leave it while I wash etc and rinse it out. If the weather is really humid I add a TINY TINY amount (a drop, seriously) to my gel or hair cream and it helps keep the mad frizz at bay.
I hope this helps someone thinking about trying honey - I love the stuff!!! It has saved me TONS of money and helped my hair/skin so much.
Wow! Just...wow. It works wonders on my skin. My skin is more moisturized, more even-toned, and I've even noticed my blackheads disappearing ever since I started washing my face with honey. Honey is naturally antibacterial and full of nutrients. The only downside is that you can't use it as a moisturizer, since it's so sticky.
Edit: Still washing my face with honey, still loving it! Recently I've been mixing honey into my shampoo... it sounds crazy, but it makes it a lot less harsh on your hair. It's not sticky or anything! Try it!
I regret spending so much money on products that either didn't work for my skin or just made me break out like crazy and after using this, my skin has never looked better. My skin started breaking out when i was 15. I'm 17 now and I still breakout a lot especially during or before my time of the month. Anyways, honey worked miracles for me and after washing, my face (after leaving the honey on for 15-20 min) felt so much better. The next morning, I was surprised to find that my current breakouts were reduced in size and were healing. I did this routine for a few more days and found my face less red and scars/breakouts were less evident. I bought my raw honey from a health food store for only 8 bucks and it's definitely worth it since it'll last me a long time and works wonders for my skin. I'm so glad I tried this. :)
Honey didn't work out too well on my face ('sides, the smell was starting to get nauseating), but I've been using this as a rinse post-conditioning. Not to mention as a hair mask!
What I do is mix 1/4 tsp of honey, followed by the same amount of apple cider vinegar in 1 cup water. After I've gotten rid of all the conditioner I just rinse my hair with this. Of course, you can always make 4 cups of this stuff and rinse your hair free of the conditioner.
I've learnt not to use the rinse on my fringe since it moisturises a little too much and makes the top of my head look oily and gross. But for my ends -- Ooh, what a change! My fried hair actually looked smooth and silky, and my waves were more defined. I can even feel the difference, running my fingers through my hair during rinsing, feeling my hair detangle and become smoother. Of course, the smell of the rinse was pretty off-putting at first, but after my hair dries I can't smell the vinegar.
I whip up a hair mask by mixing 2 tbsp of honey with 3 tbsp of olive oil. You can play around with the amount, just make sure the ratio is 1:3. I slap it on my dry hair, place a shower cap over the mess and do work the entire day at home. Afterwards I shampoo it off. Voila! Smooth, shiny hair! Note: Do not put any mixture near roots or you'll wind up looking like Snape.
The Bottom Line: For healthy hair with shine and softness, use this rinse. I've seen no effects using honey on my face, but hey! To each her own. If it doesn't work for you, no harm done. It does great in the mouth and the stomach ;)
I have been using this as a spot treatment for acne flair ups. My skin was getting pretty good, then all of a sudden (I'm guessing it was stress due to school) I got the worst acne I have ever gotten before. I'm getting pimples around the corners around my mouth and out towards the middle of my cheeks. I have been desperately searching for spot treatments to help me out and I have finally found one! What I do is mix 3tbsp of honey (that I picked up from Walmart for less than $5) with 1tsp of cinnamon and keep it in a little container. When I feel the bumps coming or can feel those nasty sore pimples underneath the surface on their way, I take a bit of this at the end of my night-time routine and slather it on the spot. Because I don't want it rubbing off on my pillow cases and therefore wasting the product and having it not work, I rip up a tissue and lightly tap on shreds of the tissue. I found this trick works great. This way you're ensuring the product is staying on there and working. Not to mention in the morning this honey and cinnamon mixture is super easy to come off. This is what else I am using during the night:
1st: Wash with oatmeal and/or Clean and Clear makeup dissolving facewash.
2nd: I am using Boots Protect and Renew Serum for scars. I try not to get this on existing pimples just in case.
3rd: I put on Neutrogena Acne Stress Control Treatment 3-in-1 moisturizing gel
4th: I also follow the Neutrogena with a small and light application of Benzagel 5 Acne gel (%5) on spots and SPOTS ALONE to dry those suckers up.
5th: I follow with a very light Cetaphil Moisturizer. Less than the size of a dime, rub it in my hands, then lightyl pat it on my face. I try not to put in on my forehead too much because I find it doesn't help with oily-ness and that is where my face is the most oily.
6th: This is where I put my honey treatment on and cover it with the little pieces of tissue. You don't want to press down hard on the tissue... they will stay in place because of the sticky honey... and you risk pushing the mixture around and having it end up not on the spot you wish to treat. I leave this overnight.
I can't believe how much of a difference this has made. My sore pimples become unsore, and acne about to emerge ends up going away and I never see it again. I saw changes after my first night of pimple reduction, and continuing after nightly use.
I have also read some leave this honey-cinnamon mask all over the face during the day for about 10 minutes. I tried this and will never do it again. I don't know if I just left it on a little too long, but it started to sting and made my face super red with harsh red patches that day. I think I will just stick to spot treatment. Hope this review helps!
Coming from the mediterrenean, from a small island where olives and thyme are always present, I grew up with the taste and nutrients of olive oil on my lunch and of thyme honey on my breakfast. Now I am an adult and I still have them in my diet, but I am also a woman who wants to be healthy and beautiful looking.
Honey is a miracle for dry skin. In winter I have a lot of dryness, and honey is my savior.I mix 1 tsp honey, 2 tsps olive oil and 1 tsp brown sugar in a small container, and tadaaa: the best moistorizing mask-scrub of the world!
And what about curly dry sensitive hair? No worries. 1 tbsp of honey, 1 tbsp of oil and here is the boost I add in my conditioner every time I wash my hair. Result? Shiny, healthy voluminous curls full of life.
Honey, my stomach, my skin and my hair will always love you.
Lately my acne has gone wild. Last night I used honey mask with a little bit of lemon juice for the first time. I applied it on the whole face. I am really impressed with it, my skin looks healthier and glowing. Acne has not been reduced , but skin seems to be calm - the overall effect is very satifying.
I've been using a little honey with some distilled water (or filtered works too) for my face wash over the past few months and really like it. Unfortunately though, I can't use it as a mask. If I leave it on for more than a couple of minutes, I get really itchy and develop a rash...too bad as it seems to work for many others.
Usually I mix honey, oatmeal and yoghurt for a face mask, but I thought that I try only using honey. Not a good decision. The next day I started getting tiny bumps and whiteheads on my chin, which I never get otherwise. Probably just using honey was too much for my skin - it's very sensitive. So if you know that your skin easily reacts to new things, be a bit careful. I use honey to lighten my hair instead.
I use raw honey that I get from a farmers market and it is not cheap, so just like a past reviewer mentioned although I should not be wasting it on my
face, I think that we spend so many dollars on brand name products that really don't help at all, so why not spend on something that work. Pure honey will irritate your skin if u have sensitive skin. Some people mention that it is like glycolic acid so some might be irritated. Best way I like to use it is by adding castor powder, water or milk and raw honey and apply it a couple of times a week like a mask. I think it really makes your face more clear,. It gives your skin this fresh look. So i don't think it will ever harm u to try it, if u don't like it u can always eat it.