I have a huge jar of raw honey purchased from the local farmer's market. One day it struck me to try honey mask again. A little back story: years ago I use regular honey (the kind sold at stores and bulk stores) as a face mask and it broke me out something vicious. I mean I had so many milia and a rash that my mom who saw my face told me to stop using it. So I did.
Fast forward to last Saturday. I applied some honey on my face after washing my face with my usual cleanser. I smeared it on and the first thing I noticed is that my face is not itching. So I guess commercial honey that comes from a variety of source (Look at the honey in the stores. Many of them are not originated in the US. Some come from Argentina, Brazil, China, Indonesia, etc) does not agree with my skin. Also the raw honey I purchased comes from farms not too far from my home. I live on the south side of Chicago, not too far from the Indiana border and the honey is from somewhere outside of Whiting. So the pollen is from my area so to speak.
I left it on for about ten to twenty minutes and my face looked brighter and I used witch hazel as a toner and applied my acne treatment that used salicylic acid and my Clinique Clinical Even Better serum. The next evening, I kicked it up a notch and added turmeric powder to the honey and used my e.l.f. foundation brush (that cost a dollar) and applied as normal. I rinsed it off after about ten to twenty minutes and applied my usual treatment. The turmeric powder did brighten up my face a lot. It did stain my skin but I have a dark complexion so it wasn't obvious at all. I had one cystic acne (well it is three melded into one) that has shrunk considerably.
Last night I did the honey mask again but this time I added a pinch of cinnamon. Why I added cinnamon, I read that it helped with acne. That was a bad idea. I felt a slight burning sensation and a bit of tingling. Thankfully I didn't break out in a slew of acne but it brought out three pustule acne to a head. Now it confirms that my skin does not like cinnamon or its cousins like cassia.
I highly recommend that people who suffer from acne to give the honey mask a try. But I would advise that you should purchase local honey at least. You are supporting local small farmers and you could reduce the chance of irritation since you are already exposed to the pollen, enzymes, etc. This honey is helping to heal acne scars and shrinking the already existent acne on my face. I will repurchase and continue
I wish id know about honey when i was ą teen as im sūre id have perfect skin now. Excellent on spots i just dab some on b4 bed and in the morning its either gone or significantly reduced, iv spent soooooo much money on skin products over the years and this is the best of all of them, i use manuka honey( 15 ) and it cost me 10pound in tescos and will probably last me years
I'm fairly sure I need to use raw honey to get better effects but I have regular honey and I like it.
I recently used it to lighten my hair and it gave a very noticeable effect.
for reference, I used extra virgin olive oil and honey. Heated it up, mixed it thoroughly and slathered it completely all over my hair. My hair is a natural "dirty" blonde with red and golden highlights along with some brownish lowlights...yep, it's all natural.
I left it on for about a half hour at most and washed it off...a lot. I should have used conditioner but I love the effect olive oil has on my hair.
The honey didn't leave my hair waxy or clumpy. It also didn't dread it or leave it sticky. It really helped in making my hair soft.
My shade lightened a little more than a 1/2 shade. It's left looking more golden.
I'm going to use again and again and again. Though I'm going to pair it with my conditioner next time due to olive oil breaking my skin out badly.
I've also used it on my skin with a yogurt mask and didn't notice much difference. I'll try raw honey to see if it does anything.
Honey is so awesome! I love this stuff! Supplements and gentle skin care have reduced the amount of pimples I get, especially those huge, painful bumps that always pop up around my chin. I had gotten to the point where I was down to one or two a month as opposed to four or five (finally) but one is still one too many for me, you know? So when I woke up one morning with that aching, bruised feeling on my chin and a small red bump forming, I just randomly decided to give honey a try. All I had at home was the cheap dollar store honey in the bear shaped bottle, but I was so upset with my skin I just didn't care. I slapped some honey on my chin, waited a few minutes and then washed it off.
The next morning, I was shocked to see that my bump had become a small red dot on my chin, hardly worth calling a pimple. And my chin wasn't hurting anymore, either. Normally those things spend a few days as a painful red spot before becoming a huge ugly cyst, then the pain goes away, then it slowly shrinks and heals. I couldn't believe how quickly honey sped up the whole process! I didn't have to deal with any of that, the honey worked.
Now I use organic honey, and it helps calm my skin a bit when it's red and irritated, which is something the cheaper stuff didn't do for me. But I mainly keep the honey around to help control my acne, because when all else fails and a zit rears it's ugly head, I've still got honey in my corner. If you're reading these reviews and haven't tried it yet, then stop reading and get you some honey!!!
LOVE! I use some local wildflower honey as a mask, spreading a thin layer on my face and leaving it for at least 20 minutes before rinsing with warm water. My skin immediately calms down, feels smoother and redness is minimized.
I have super dry skin and I get occasional breakouts, but since I started using honey masks 4-5 times a week, my skin has been clearer and the breakouts I've gotten over the past few weeks have been much smaller and less inflamed than usual. Doesn't dry out my skin the way other masks do, but it does sometimes sting a tiny bit when I first apply it (I have very sensitive skin though).
This has become a staple in my skincare regimen.
Honey is a great secret! I put this on as my last skincare step almost every night. My acne is too stubborn for honey to be a miracle but used along with my other acne products it works great. My face has broken out less since using it. It also heals post acne pigmentation marks faster and gives my skin a better tone. I bought "Pure Honey" at my grocery store and it is gold colored and very sticky. Not quite as expensive as organic honey but it was more expensive than regular honey you put on food.
Tip: to thin it out a bit I mix a small dollop of honey with a tiny bit of water and it is less sticky on my face. Make sure you tie your hair back and clip any bangs back.
Wow. I absolutely adore honey!
My skin has been going crazy lately. Huge red zits on my chin, white heads on my forehead and black heads all around my nose! Ew! I decided to give honey a try after reading all the rave reviews here. I went out and purchased inexpensive, raw, unpasteurised honey. That night before bed, I slathered a glob all over my face and massaged it in, concentrating on my acne prone areas. Applying it was a nightmare, extremely sticky and runny. Despite the messy application the morning after was magical! The zits on my chin had flattened and deflated, most white heads were gone and the overall redness of my skin had reduced! I've been using honey consistently for the last 3 weeks and my acne is really clearing up! Recommended for anyone with acne or zits. I wish I had found this sooner!
EDIT: I find that the honey works even better on pimples if I add a pinch of cinnamon to it! Btw, make sure you aren't allergic to it. I hope you all get amazing results from this like I did :] <3
I have honey with orange clove in it, but I don't think it makes a diff. I really like the way this makes my face feel and look after use. As a previous reviewer stated, this really does help with dry, flaky skin. I live in a dry desert climate so to lock in the moisture I use a couple of drops of jojoba oil after. These two combined keep my facing glowing and flake free!
I've been using honey as a cleanser for such a long time and its wonderful!
I just damp my skin and massage it in for a min. or two and rinse it off. It leaves my skin feeling soft, super clean, and most importantly, not dry at all! I have very flaky dry skin, and after a couple days of using it, my skin always seems to be more moisturized. I also use it as a spot treatment and as a mask.
I use this for a carrier for scrubs. I think it's okay, but it doesn't seem to really do anything for me. I've also used it as a mask. Again, it doesn't seem to make any changes to my skin one way or the other. So it's not bad, but it's not a miracle worker for me.