Tuesday, May 11

Wash Your Face With Honey

Yes, you can wash your face daily with honey. I've been doing this for, I believe, three years. It's actually very simple, and it's either equal or superior to store bought facewash.

In order to do this, put about a spoonful of honey on your hand, around your fingertips. You face should ideally be dry, and your hands should be dry or lightly damp; your hair should be kept back. Rub the honey on your face, massaging it in thoroughly, particularly in any problem areas--although be careful not to put excess pressure if there's any inflammation. Then you rinse it off with water. It won't be sticky in the slightest, unless you don't rinse it off. I keep the honey off my palms, so that I can still turn the faucets on and off.

If you're concerned about making a mess, try it in the shower first. But remember, it's really the same motions as regular facewashing.

How does it work? On the most basic level, honey cleans your face because it's soluble in both oil and water. You can test this out in your kitchen, if you'd like. So as you rub it in, it picks up the oil and other substances on your skin, and when you rinse it off, they leave with the honey. It works in other ways, as well. Honey is a potent healing substance, which can even be used very effectively for wound dressing. Fanatic Cook has a great post about this. Its basic action is to produce small amounts of hydrogen peroxide, which will help to disinfect whatever it touches. Finally, if you massage the honey into your skin fairly thoroughly, the honey will actually go into pores and loosen small blackhead plugs, which will then come out and be washed away. No really--you will be able to feel the plugs, and even see them if you wish. Those with difficult acne or other skin conditions may prefer to use the extra medicinal manuka honey; bear in mind that it smells medicinal, and is more pricey. Otherwise, any type of honey will do.

What else is there to say about honey as facewash?

I get a really large jar of honey, and keep it in the kitchen. Then I have a few dispenser jars, you know with the spout thingies; one in the kitchen, one at the bathroom sink, and one in the shower. I refill those as needed.

Honey crystalizes, and that's more of a problem for facewash honey than it is for kitchen honey. (Especially in the winter, when cold temperatures cause it to crystalize more quickly.) Even when it's only slightly crystalized, it becomes unpleasant to rub into one's face, with all those sharp edges. (Not painful, just unpleasant.) There are ways to de-crystalize honey; I believe a microwave works well, but I'm not sure since we don't have one. In general I just rinse out the crystalized honey with hot water and soaking, and then replace it with new honey.

One of the great benefits of washing my face with honey is that it makes life simpler. There's no need to choose between products; the honey is always the same, and it's always good.


  1. did you revamp the blog? I get the posts on my G-reader so i can't remember.

    Ok. i"m trying hte honey.

  2. I just tweaked it... it went from light yellow to light blue, and a few little things were changed.