HONEY ON MY FACE
You may have caught me once or twice on my Instagram stories or somewhere on the internet, rolling cold jade across my cheeks. Maybe you've even seen me wearing a face mask, and if so, it's likely that one of 2 or 3 of the ingredients in that mask (4, if I'm feeling fancy) is raw honey.
As food and as a topical treatment for your skin, raw honey boasts incredible health benefits. It's anti-bacterial and can help fight colds, infection, and soothe a sore throat, plus it's full of valuable vitamins and minerals, making it a nourishing superfood. The rich B-vitamin content of raw honey can actually boost our energy and elevate our mood (please, tell me more).
On honey and using it as a skin care product: if you can ingest it and reap the health benefits, then it's likely you'll feel pretty darn great about smearing this stuff all over your face.
Because our personal care products are absorbed through the skin and into our bloodstream, it's important to be mindful of what we use in our day to day. The cosmetics and skin care industry contains some of the most unregulated products in North America and it's crazy, because so many of these products contain chemicals like pthalates, parabens, petroleum, and sodium laureth sulfate that are harmful to our microbiome, which is important for maintaining a healthy immune system and protecting the body from the inside out. These and other substances are also known to promote cancer and act as endocrine disruptors, which interfere with hormone function (and don't even get me started on the hormonal imbalances that can occur as an effect). Unlike so many conventional products on the market, raw honey is an excellent and effective non-toxic option.
Certainly, there are products that contain fewer or no toxic ingredients, so to speak. But, as someone who appreciates the simple things in life (like jeans and a t-shirt, a good lip balm, and a nap in the park), I'm always striving to find products or solutions that are minimal, to the point, and effective. And that's why I use raw honey as my daily facial cleanser ...aside from the fact that it's also changed my skin for the better, and here's some of the reasons why:
BENEFITS OF USING HONEY ON YOUR FACE
Honey is a natural humectant, which means that it will help to retain moisture, leaving your skin soft and supple. In this way, honey is great as a cleanser or as part of a hydrating face mask. Try this: mix 1/2 tsp. raw honey with 1/2 tsp. of spirulina, a few drops each of jojoba oil and water, and stir into a paste; apply to clean skin, let dry, then remove with a face cloth and warm water, and follow with your favourite moisturizer.
Honey is full of antioxidants and enzymes, which can deeply nourish and cleanse the skin. The enzymatic action of raw honey can help to slough away dead skin cells. This, acting as a gentle exfoliator, can reveal new skin cells and a fresh, radiant glow.
3. Reduce Pigmentation + Scarring
This sticky stuff has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial benefits, which go along nicely with its already enzymatic exfoliating action. Together, these properties can help to remove dead skin cells, as well as heal and regenerate the skin. As an aid in skin recovery and boosting cell turnover, raw honey can help to minimize the appearance of hyper-pigmentation and scarring.
This is what makes honey so great for different types of skin conditions; it can actually help to cleanse the skin's surface and fight unwanted bacteria. This can be really beneficial for cases of cystic acne, where clogged pores can be aggravated further by a build up oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria. The anti-bacterial action of raw honey can be great for deep cleaning the skin of environmental toxic buildup, period.
HOW TO USE HONEY AS A CLEANSER
Take about 1/2 tsp. of raw manuka honey* on wet fingertips (a really great, high-quality brand that I use is Wedderspoon). Massage into the face as you would any other cleanser, gently and in circular, upward motions. Gently rinse with a facecloth soaked in warm water.
*Though a typical unfiltered raw honey is a rich source of numerous vitamins and minerals, manuka honey contains a higher potency of all of these vitamins and minerals, as well as carries more live enzymes and anti-bacterial properties
Obviously do not use honey on your face if you have an allergy or sensitivity to this and other bee products.