Perhaps you didn’t now that you can use honey as a facial cleanser but it is one of the best cleansers I’ve ever tried. Compared to other organic cleansing options, honey cleansing is super affordable too. For me minimalism doesn’t just apply to the number of products I own, but also to the number of ingredients in them. Finding something that is completely pure and natural and only has one ingredient was a big win for me.
Honey works well for all skin types including those with sensitive skin, rosacea, or eczema. It is gentle and leaves skin feeling soft and plump. Since it is a humectant, it neither dries my skin nor strips away natural oils.
NOT ALL HONEY IS CREATED EQUAL
Honey cleansing ONLY works with a good quality RAW honey. This means that it is unprocessed and will probably look completely different to the kind you buy at the supermarket. Raw honey has antibacterial and antifungal properties. It also has active enzymes and probiotics. Once honey is heated, all those benefits are lost.
It is also important to buy organic honey. This helps ensure that the bees were not interacting with any GMO crops or pesticides. Those types of things make bees sick and reduce the quality of their honey. This is the honey I use: Y.S. Eco Bees Farms.
Now regular raw organic honey is totally fine and is what I use myself for daily cleansing. Nevertheless, no post on honey would be complete without mentioning Manuka Honey. This is special type of honey from New Zealand and Australia where the bees feed on the Manuka shrub. This plant has it’s own antimicrobial properties which supercharge the honey.
It is a little expensive so I save my jar of Manuka Honey for masks and spot treatments only. Nevertheless, if you can afford it, this is the best honey money can buy! Don’t waste you money though, only go with a brand that has their honey certified to the levels they claim. If it doesn’t say UMF on the label, be wary. I like to go for UMF 10 or higher. Comvita Manuka Honey is the brand I trust.
Once you found your honey of choice, simply transfer it to a small jar and add a few drops of essential oils if you like. That is it. Now you are ready to start honey cleansing!
HOW TO CLEANSE WITH HONEY
- First remove any heavy makeup with a natural oil, such as coconut oil or jojoba oil.
- Wet face
- Massage honey in circular motions, I sometimes use this sponge.
- Rinse well or it will leave a sticky residue. Rinse your neck and wrists too just in case.
- Finish with some natural toner. I use a homemade apple cider vinegar recipe.
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