How has it taken me this long to write a post about honey? Needless to say, honey plays a big role in the life of my family and our bees. Certain seasons, our life feels like it revolves around honey, its production and extraction. Honey is an amazing thing and has so many useful purposes. I can't even begin to list how many ways that I use honey, and honestly, I hardly ever eat it.
Hence the title, ladies and gentlemen. I put honey on my face. I mean, I put honey on my face a lot. Natural skin care products are expensive and even thought they are labeled "natural" or "organic" we still don't truly know what is in it. So, I started to research honey as a skincare ingredient and lets just say that the possibilities are endless. Honey can be used for sooo much and since I have an almost endless supply, I started experimenting and here's what I learned...
We all know that honey is a sweet, sticky substance produced and stored by bees. In its natural form, honey is produced by enzyme activity, plant materials and live bacteria coming together to create the powerful substance with hundreds of uses. The unique process of creating honey makes it great for clearing acne, healing scars and evening skin tone.
Raw honey is packed with components that are beneficial for your skin. I've used a lotion bar recipe for years on my eczema that uses honey and beeswax. Honey speeds up your skin cells' healing processes. So acne, eczema and wounds in general can be healed a little quicker with raw honey.
How to Use it...
I have read of a lot of different ways to use honey but I don't like a mess so most of them I simply won't use or promote. Who has time to clean honey off of your sheets and hair? My favorite uses are described below, (if you haven't figured it out from my other posts, I love a list):
Spot Treatments: People swear by putting a whole mask of honey on their face for hours. I don't have the time for that and I' secretly afraid that bugs will be attracted to my face. So, I will put honey directly on the spots that need it, whether it is acne, a cut or burn, and leave it on for 10 minutes. If I have time, I may do this multiple times a day.
Face Wash: I like to mix honey with other ingredients to make a soothing face wash. My favorite is a Honey and Aloe Facial Cleanser that I found on Live Simply.
Honey and Aloe Facial Cleanser
- 1/4 cup aloe vera gel
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1Tbsp, sweet almond oil
Combine the ingredients in a small mason jar and you're done. Clean beauty doesn't have to be hard, y'all.
This can sit on your counter for a couple of months but if you use fresh aloe, you'll need to store it in the fridge. Shake with each use and massage a small amount onto your face. Let it sit for about a minute and then wipe it off with a damp cloth.
While this will get the dirt and grime off, it depends on how much you massage it on. So if you're wearing makeup, it may take a little longer of a massage to get all the makeup off. This does have oil in it, so in theory it could remove eye makeup. I've just never tried it since I have the eyelash extensions.
3. Face/Body Scrubs: Alright, this one my be my absolute favorite. I have found that a lot of the store bought exfoliators are too harsh for my skin, especially my face. Granted, I usually by the cheap ones but that is beside the point. I wanted one that was gentle enough to use on my face and eczema outbreaks but be healing at the same time. Enter the Oatmeal Honey Face Scrub from Dabble&Babbles.
Oatmeal Honey Face Scrub
1 cup oatmeal ( I grind it up in the blender first)
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup sweet almond oil
Mix everything together until you have a thick gloppy mixture. I always make this amount because I use it on my whole body. Once its on, I'll leave it on for a couple of minutes and then rinse it off.
4. Bath Soak: This one is easy, just add about 1 cup to your bath water and enjoy the smell and the relaxation. I will tell you to dissolve the honey in hot water before adding it to your bath so that it mixes evenly with the bathwater.
Using raw honey on your face can work as a treatment for some skin ailments. Raw honey can be expensive for those who don't have access like I do. However, have you seen some of the prices of skincare now? I feel like at this point its like apples and oranges. The costs are almost comparable.
It is important to note that honey is unlikely to cause an allergic reaction. However, if you are allergic to pollen, celery or bee venom, I would test it on a small area of your skin first to see if you have a reaction before slathering it all over your body.
Has anyone ever used honey as a skincare product? Any other weird or unpopular uses? I'd love to hear them!