If you have tons of beauty products around your house, take a look at the ingredients on those products. You may be surprised at how many chemicals are in your products, and if your products include chemicals, your skin can absorb those chemicals.
The good news is that there are some fabulous, natural options you can use for beautiful skin. In fact, you probably have one excellent ingredient in your kitchen already.
So when I stumbled across this common kitchen ingredient that can improve your skin, I couldn’t believe it. Then I tried it, and I was hooked. Smooth, soft, moisturized skin, fewer spots/breakouts, and really inexpensive! What is this wonder ingredient? Honey!
How to Wash your Face with Honey (use Honey as a Face Cleanser)
① If you want to use honey as a facial cleanser, start by making sure hair is out of the way, since you want to avoid getting sticky honey in your hair.
② Wet your face a bit first, and spread/massage the honey on your face in a circular motion while it is a little damp. Use about a spoonful of honey (Usually less than a teaspoon is plenty), rubbing over the entire face. You can use on lips as well.
③ Allow the honey cleanser to stay on the face for 5-10 minutes. Rinse away with warm water or use a warm washcloth to remove the honey while exfoliating your skin.
④ If you wear makeup, you may want to remove your makeup first, as the honey doesn’t remove makeup.
⑤ Finish with a toner application on your face for best results. You can make your own toner by mixing 2-3 Tbsp of raw apple cider vinegar with 1/2 cup of water or aloe vera and putting this in a jar or spray bottle.
How to Use Honey as a Facial Mask
① For a facial mask, cleanse and dry skin first. Then grab about a teaspoonful of honey and add some vitamin C powder (which is also great for skin).
② Mix them well and apply to the entire face. Allow the mixture to stay on your face for about 10 minutes.
③ Then, use a warm washcloth or just warm water to rinse away the honey.
Sometimes honey gets a bit grainy as it gets older. However, you can still use it. Turn it into a nice facial scrub, and it will naturally exfoliate your skin, leaving it glowing and soft when you are done.
The Benefits of Using Raw Honey On your Face
- Raw honey gently removes dirt and impurities without stripping the skin of natural oils. Foaming cleansers and soaps frequently strip the skin of these protective oils and cause the skin to overproduce oil.
- The natural antibacterial and probiotic properties of raw honey actually reduce breakouts and prevent new acne.
Since it is so gentle and nurturing to the skin, it is ideal for very sensitive skin, rosacea, and eczema.
- It works well on all skin types. It balances oily skin and moisturizes dry skin.
- As far as excellent facial cleansers go, it is much cheaper than store bought options.
- Although any raw honey works excellently, manuka honey boasts superior antibacterial and healing properties. It is recommended for acne-prone skin.
Maintaining a Healthy pH on your Skin is a Vital Anti-Aging Secret
① The less the stress your skin endures from drying cleansers and toners, the more elastic it will remain over time. Any thing with a pH of 4.5-7 is usually considered pH balanced since water is a neutral pH of 7, yet skin thrives when using products with a pH of 4.5-5.5.
② Raw honey has a natural pH of 4.5. The antiseptic and antimicrobial properties of honey make it wonderful for healing cuts and burns by killing bacteria and fungus. Raw honey also contains gluconic acid, a mild alpha hydroxy acid that is amazing at brightening the complexion, evening out the skin tone, and lightening scars and age spots.
③ Raw honey’s extraordinary moisturizing abilities with gentle cleansing agents makes it perfect for even very sensitive skin. When honey is mixed with water, it releases peroxide properties which help to heal and fade scars, and also prevent bacteria causing more acne.
Not All Honey are Created Equal
Most of the honey found in grocery stores is “adulterated honey” meaning it literally has no nutrients. When honey is processed and refined with heat, the live healing enzymes are killed.
You are instead left with liquid sugar. Raw honey will give your skin the healing benefits that it needs, and you will also experience the best results.