When Liz asked me to pen a guest post I was not only flattered, but also stoked. So today it’s my privilege to discuss one of my favorite must-have beauty essentials – honey. What can I tell you about honey that you don’t already know? Honey has long been a favorite sweetener and touted for its endless health benefits, but have you ever used it on your skin? If not, you should give it a try.
Where can you find pure, raw honey?
Keep in mind that not all honey is created equal. I recommend shopping at a local farmers market and buying from a farmer you know and trust. Look for raw, pure, unheated, unpasteurized, and unfiltered honey. If shopping local is not an option, I suggest buying Sunny Acres Raw Honey or Manuka Honey 16+. Liz recommends Manuka Honey in the Skintervention Guide. I have yet to try Manuka, but I’ve heard only good things about it. When selecting a Manuka Honey, the higher the antibacterial grade the better.
I prefer Sunny Acres Raw Honey from US Wellness Meats. It’s sourced from a local producer here in Northeast Missouri, so it’s a win-win: 1) I’m supporting a local farmer and 2) I know exactly what I’m getting from a trusted source. I can’t stress enough the importance of knowing your farmer and reading labels. Become a label detective just as you would with the food you put into your body, you should do the same with all skin food. Choose wisely and be sure to look for pure, raw honey.
How do you use honey as a facial cleansing mask?
I use the recommendations in the Purely Primal Skincare Guide – simply spread a thin layer of honey, pulled straight from the jar, across the skin. Make sure not to use too much, or it will drip. Leave on for up to 20 minutes and rinse with warm water. Be sure to pull your hair back. Caution: If you don’t pull your hair back, you will end up with a sticky mess.
The raw honey mask is my go-to cleansing mask. Another fun pairing is lemon juice. If you feel like dabbling, try mixing equal parts honey and lemon juice and applying as a facial. Leave on for 20 minutes and rinse with warm water. I have found that tried and true mixture to be very effective as well. Lemon juice is great for brightening up your skin. You might also try mixing with everybody’s favorite–coconut oil–if you’re a fan of the oil cleansing method. They complement each other well and serve as excellent healing masks.
Another rule of thumb I have with any cleansing mask is first testing on a small portion of my face just to be sure it will not irritate my skin, as I have somewhat sensitive skin. If it doesn’t irritate after 5 minutes, then go for it.
Not only is honey known to naturally heal a myriad of skin conditions over time (think acne scarring, eczema, psoriasis), but it also comes in handy for occasional spot treatments. If you feel a blemish coming on try a dab of honey on your face at night prior to going to bed. It works wonders.
How often should you use the honey mask?
I recommend a weekly deep cleanse, or more frequently if desired. You can even do a daily cleanse and add a little honey to your regular routine. You know your skin better than anyone else, so whatever you feel is appropriate.
Thanks for reading – here’s to natural skincare strategies that work!