So this will be slightly less helpful for people who are vegan – I have to apologize in advance. The truth is, that even if I someday take the plunge and become a vegan, I will not be giving up honey. I probably wouldn’t give up yogurt either, although that’s more for nutrition than because I enjoy it. But honey is one of those go – to sweeteners I’ve used for years. I actually used to eat spoons of honey as a snack when I was younger. In addition to that, honey is used in quite a few Hindu rituals – I’ve literally never lived in a house without honey in it.
In addition to these things, I also use honey to wash my face.
This isn’t actually an entirely new concept – before the conception of modern medicine, honey was used as a treatment for a wide variety of ailments. Got a sore throat? Put some honey in a cup of hot water and sip slowly. Honey can boost immunity, and it can help maintain blood sugar levels. It apparently has all of these exotic types of bacteria that do all sorts of good things for us. There’s a lot of literature out there about the benefits of honey, and if you’re really curious, I strongly encourage you to do some research of your own. While I’ve done my fair share, I am by no means a definitive expert!
The point is, using honey as a face wash isn’t actually that weird because, in addition to having the benefits listed above, honey is also anti – bacterial and anti – fungal. It also works to moisturize, which is something I needed since I have an oily t-zone and dry cheeks. I’ll be talking more about how people with oily skin need to moisturize properly later. When I was looking at alternatives to face wash, I was really searching for something that wouldn’t dry me out, break me out, make my skin oily, or do any of the other things that commercial products are wont to do – honey fit the bill!
I do have one caveat though – if you decide to try this at home, please invest in some raw honey! Initially, I tried to use regular old clover honey, and I found myself breaking out worse than ever. Two weeks in, I determined that I was NOT just getting acclimated, and that something was wrong. Further research told me that pasteurization techniques used on our honey make it less effective as an anti-bacterial agent. If this is something you’re trying, get some raw, unpasteurized honey. I’ve actually had good results with several brands of local honey, so don’t be afraid to experiment.
Just put a teaspoon full or so in your palm, and use it like you would use face wash – rinse first, then use a circular motion or whatever, then rinse and pat dry!
*If you’re wearing make-up, try adding a small amount of cinnamon to bring a scrubbing element to the honey – it’ll take your makeup off, and your skin will get a little treat from the cinnamon as well. Cinnamon can help bring blood to the surface of your skin, and can be used to treat acne. However, cinnamon is an irritant, so If you have sensitive skin, get yourself a bottle of grapeseed oil, and use it to take your makeup off! Just put a small amount on a cotton puff, or cloth, or whatever, and wipe it over your makeup-ed areas.