I don’t know about you, but as soon as my kids were born, all of the money that I had spent on myself previously seemed like nothing but waste. Of course we ladies still need to indulge and pamper ourselves every once in a while to keep our sanity. Pampering nowadays consists of half a bottle of wine and maybe an interrupted hour to take a nice, hot bubble bath. Spending obscene amounts of money on beauty products just didn’t make sense to me anymore. It’s easy to find affordable beauty products, but looking at the labels is a bit scary. Do I really want all that junk that I can’t even pronounce seeping into my face?! I don’t think so! I started looking for alternatives and what I found was a little shocking.
You know, what bees make. The same sticky sweetener I have in my kitchen to put in my tea. All of the research I did to find the easiest, all natural face and body wash lead me back to honey.
So…how does it work?
Have you ever seen The Bee Movie? I justify watching it as much as I do because I have a 2 year old, but let me tell you, Jerry Seinfeld knew what he was doing with that movie! Basically, it divulges into the life of worker bees and all of the work that goes into making honey. Pretty empowering stuff. Anyways, there is some merit to what I am getting at.
Bees use nectar and nectar contains over 600 different compounds. Honey contains an enzyme that produces hydrogen peroxide, which is a gentle antiseptic. Basically, when you put honey in your beauty products, it actually cleans! It also contains other antioxidants, which help eliminate free radicals and encourage growth of new tissue. That means that it heals irritated and damaged skin and also prevents scarring. Honey is a natural humectant which means that it attracts and retains moisture, leaving your skin hydrated and fresh!
What skins types does it work on?
The beauty of honey is that it doesn’t strip your face of it’s natural, protective oils like synthetic, over-the-counter face washes do. So honey can be used on oily skin, dry skin, acne-prone skin, eczema, rosacea, sensitive skin…I’m talking ANY skin type! Honey balances oily skin and moisturizes dry skin. It’s a miracle!
I found that using store bought face wash MUST be followed with a moisturizer of some sort because it would be so drying. Other skin types produce and over-abundance of oil because of this, while others (like mine) just get dry and flaky. The first time that I used honey on my face, I was incredibly shocked at how smooth and soft my skin was…and I didn’t even need any kind of moisturizer!
What to get
You want to make sure that you buy raw honey! For a full description of why raw honey is better than processed, visit here. Raw honey can usually be found in the organic aisle at your grocery store. Do one better by supporting your local farmers and get a jar at your next farmer’s market!
I also want to note that darker honeys will contain more vitamins, antioxidants, and nutrients, though all raw honey will work as a face wash!
What to do
Honey won’t remove your make-up, so make sure to use coconut oil for that before cleaning your face! Coconut oil removes tough make-up like foundation (even liquid), eyeliner, and mascara without harmful chemicals and it is super moisturizing for your skin, too! Before I get into the shower, I squeeze about a teaspoon of raw honey on my fingers and smooth it onto my face. If you wet your fingers or face, the honey tends to smooth on a bit easier, but I find that I get the best results when I don’t use water first.
Sometime I change a load of laundry, brush my teeth, or finish the dishes with the honey on my face. If I do jump in the shower right after I apply it, I wash my hair first so that the honey has plenty of time to really seep into my pores. Rinse with warm water and pat dry when finished. There really isn’t a need to use a toner or moisturizer after you wash with honey. I usually put some coconut oil on my eyes and lips afterwards, though, for it’s anti-aging properties. Straight vitamin E would work, too! In the cold and dry months, I may have to work on an all natural face moisturizer, but for now, this has worked beautifully!
For more information on the many uses of honey, check out Benefits of Honey.
Try it and let me know what you think!