Last year, acne descended upon my face and took up residence. I’ve always had a pimple here and there, but this was, by far, my worst case yet, and it was not going away.
My first plan of attack was a trip to Sephora to buy an amazingly expensive face regimen. I marked on my calendar the different steps for each day and proceeded to cleanse, scrub, mask, soak, treat and moisturize my face. It didn’t work.
Plan B involved another trip to Sephora to try yet another amazingly expensive regimen promised by many to be the cure for stubborn acne. Cleanse, scrub, mask, soak, treat, moisturize and repeat. It didn’t work either.
Plan C was a trip to the dermatologist, who told me that it was stress-induced acne and berated me for not doing something about it sooner. I left clutching acne prescriptions to my chest meekly. Fast forward a month later and all I had to show was a face battered by harsh chemicals and…acne.
So I did what I do when all other avenues fail me – I searched the internet for hours. Clearly, the chemicals, preservatives and fancy botanicals that made up those face regimens were not for me. I had to start from the basics – the perfect face cleanser would be natural and within my budget. Intensive Google searching led me to something delightfully simple: honey.
With my new honey regimen, my skin has never looked or felt better. My acne went away, my skin is glowing, I have fewer breakouts, and pimples clear up quickly. And as for budget? A 16 oz. bottle of raw honey runs about $8.99, and it lasts about two months, so it doesn’t hurt my wallet.
How to Use Honey as a Face Wash
Honey is great for your skin even if you don’t suffer from breakouts. It has a rich mineral content, it has the perfect pH level for anti-aging, and it has both antiseptic and antimicrobial properties. Take it a step further to raw honey and you also get the benefit of gluconic acid, which brightens the complexion and evens skin tone, and bits of pollen and honeycomb, which are gentle exfoliants.
Using honey as a face wash is simple, if sticky. Depending on how your honey is packaged – in a jar or in a bear – you may want to transfer your honey to a squeeze bottle.
- Wet hands and face just a bit to help spread the honey but keep the honey fairly sticky.
- Use about a quarter-sized dollop of honey.
- Massage the honey into your face for about a minute and then let it sit for about 5 to 10 minutes.
- Rinse with warm water.
- Tone and moisturize as normal.
A lot of people have asked how I remove my makeup. I use a washcloth and warm water. For removing eye makeup I’ve heard good things about olive or coconut oil, which are on my list of natural beauty routines to try.
So, go to it! Give honey a try as a facial cleanser and see what you think. Have you already tried honey? Are you a honey convert and swear never to go back? Let me know in the comments!