I love honey. In fact, if you can recall my DIY projects over the past 11 years, many of them have this beneficial ingredient from nature. After you scroll to the bottom, I have a list of DIY skincare recipes just for you!
And what’s not to love?
I used to use honey as a face cleanser – yep, you heard me right – after first removing my makeup with oil.
Using it in its raw form as a facial cleanser is a popular suggestion from purists and from down-home back to basics type beauty recipe books. With society’s obsession with anti-aging peptides, firming, fading, shrinking, lifting stuff, many would scoff at the idea of slathering honey all over their faces.
Ladies, and my gents, don’t knock it until you’ve tried it.
As a face cleanser
If you wear any makeup, you will want (cough, cough, NEED) to remove your makeup with your favorite oil cleanser first. When I am using honey to cleanse, I use Biossance Squalane + Antioxidant Cleansing Oil to take off my makeup and then move on to the next step. Take a little spoon of honey and apply it with damp fingers to damp skin and massage in. Then I leave it for a minute or so. After that, I gently rinse off and pat dry.
I even apply it to my arms and legs. Yes, it sounds a bit silly but I even have a plastic squeezable bottle of honey in my shower. I apply it and follow with my favorite coffee body scrub that was in a humungo tub at Marshalls for $5.99.
- Naturally antibacterial, so it is great for those with many forms of acne.
- Perfect for skin like mine with dry patches AND hormonal acne (thank you, perimenopause)
- It is a powerful antioxidant and protects your skin against free radical damage.
- It’s a fabulous skin healer and can work wonders on irritated skin, abrasions, minor burns, etc.
- Also a wonderful moisturizer. It both attracts and retains water to the skin, making it moist and supple.
- Your face will look radiant and glowing! Try it out!
- You can also use it to spot treat acne. Personal testimonial: My hair sweeps across my forehead. Because of this, I have three whiteheads that have not wanted to go away, despite using AHAs and BHAs, and other really pricey skincare treatments. What is making them go away quickly? HONEY.
- People love Manuka Honey, but my favorite for skincare use is raw Buckwheat. The darker the honey, the greater the antioxidant content. I have tried many types of honey on my skin, but Buckwheat really is best, in my opinion.
- Find GOOD quality honey at local farmer’s markets. I buy and exclusively use Davis Buckwheat Honey at the Rochester Public Market on my skin.
Honey Skincare Recipes from Chic & Green