I adore honey! It is the only thing I turn to when my skin is in crisis as it is the only thing that will have it calmed down and looking better in a matter of minutes. I always use raw, unpasteurized honey as it still has all the good enzymes intact. At the moment I'm loving raw Buckwheat Honey, bought at my local health food store. I've been using it every night as a mask/cleanser followed by my extra virgin coconut oil as a moisturizer and this makes my skin really soft and nice to wake up to.
Yes, this stuff definitely turns green when it has expired! If I had known that sooner, I don't think I'd have purchased it. I bought a bottle and used it a few times last summer and while the colour was nice, I expected to be able to use it again this summer but it has definitely 'gone off.' So, don't buy unless you know it's fresh and don't buy if you think you can't use it all up in one season! I guess my mostly full bottle will have to go in the garbage now.
Thank-you to everyone who wrote a review on this wonderful product and convinced me to buy it! If you have acne or uneven skintone, this is an amazing product. Not sure if it would do anything for you if you already have really nice skin (lucky you!). In just 2 weeks, there are two things that have changed my skin from pretty awful to quite nice and quite lovely--even tone, no new acne (huge feat after suffering for almost 20 years!!) and much less oily. Those two things are the Clarisonic and Extra Virgin Coconut Oil. I use the Clarisonic morning and night using Cetaphil cleanser and then I rub a tiny bit of coconut oil in my palms and gently pat it into my skin until it is soaked in. If only this had been around years ago when I suffered horrifically low self-esteem in high school and university. After reading this information, it makes sense that the clarisonic works: "In normal functioning skin, excess dead skin cells are constantly being sloughed away naturally. In acne-prone skin, dead cells remain stuck on the skin's surface and within the follicle, creating a clog (impaction). This plug of cellular debris and excess oil forms a blackhead or, if bacteria invade, an inflamed blemish." I started using the coconut oil after reading about a study involving human breast milk and acne--seems they both have a compound, lauric acid, that helps improve acne. I opted to use the coconut rather than the breast milk on my skin :) I would absolutely recommend this for those with acne-prone skin. Will update in a few months time, or sooner if this happens to stop working for me (I can't imagine it would though). UPDATE: Ugh! It really pains me to write this update, but the Clarisonic did stop working for me. I also suffer with some facial eczema and in the end, after weeks of use, it did seem to make this a lot worse. I think that if I just had acne this would have continued working for me, but with the eczema it seems to really aggravate it. I'm now just cleansing my face every night with a honey mask which really calmed my skin down. Sadly, I think I won't be able to continue with the Clarisonic due to the complexity of my skin issues. PS. I'm still using the Virgin Coconut Oil and love it! It is the one thing that has consistently helped my skin improve over time.
I tried the yogurt mask last night for the first time and this morning my skin was bright and a lot of my red acne marks looked much better (less noticeable). I put this on (fairly thick) for about 10 minutes, rinsed and then applied a tiny bit extra virgin olive oil to moisturize. I'm going to try using this a few times a week and see if I can fade the marks some more. Really liking this!