Repost: Sweeter than Honey

This was originally posted on May 28, 2007. It’s now almost 3 years since I made the switch and I’m still washing my face with honey. And I’m not the only one.

A little over 6 months ago I experienced a skin-care revolution. I tried washing my face with honey. I read someone else’s experience online. Like me, she had sensitive easily-irritated skin, and she was raving. I was somewhat skeptical, but thought I would give it a try.

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I have to say, it is the best thing ever! I don’t use make-up, so I’m not sure how it would work if you did, but otherwise it’s brilliant. Almost immediately my skin became less blotchy. It is no longer oily or dry, even at the end of the day. It felt really weird at first, since it’s so totally different than the foamy face wash products I have been using for decades. But now, I can’t imagine using anything else. Here’s some great things about honey:

1. It’s cheap! You can buy a jumbo jug for $12.00 $14.00 (ah, inflation) at Costco, which lasts you for months and months.
2. It’s completely natural. You’re not exposing yourself to perfumes, dyes, or chemicals.
3. It’s a natural humectant, which means that it attracts and retains moisture. But it isn’t oily or greasy at all.
4. It has antiseptic properties, so it kills nasty bacteria.
5. It works as an anti-irritant, calming your skin.
6. It tastes great, if you happen to get a little bit in your mouth. :-)

Containing the stickiness has been a bit of a challenge, but otherwise I just love this so much. 6 months later, it keeps getting better. I am a true convert, I don’t think I will ever use a commercial face wash again.

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    1. So true!!! Also Honey (non-pasturized only) can be used to heal any sores/infectioins/burns with amazing speed! But it has to be covered and not exposed to the open air. It has natural antibiotic properties, use in place of Polysporin or Ozonol, that type of thing. And can be used for any insect stings/bites including bee stings!!! My father in law is a bee-keeper and he's teaching me to start my own hives – I can't wait, I'm a totaly fanatic about Honey – glad someone else it too!!!!!!!!!!!

    2. So true!!! Also Honey (non-pasturized only) can be used to heal any sores/infectioins/burns with amazing speed! But it has to be covered and not exposed to the open air. It has natural antibiotic properties, use in place of Polysporin or Ozonol, that type of thing. And can be used for any insect stings/bites including bee stings!!! My father … Read Morein law is a bee-keeper and he's teaching me to start my own hives – I can't wait, I'm a totaly fanatic about Honey – glad someone else it too!!!!!!!!!!!

    3. I don’t know about this…. but I may have to try. My face is always angry at me — acne in my late 30’s — JOY! ;(
      .-= *pol´s last post ..This & That =-.

    4. Who knew! How do you do it, though, do you dip a cotton swab in the honey jar, or … ? Honey is very expensive here these days, but my face is petite:).
      .-= Francesca´s last post ..Felt bird necklace, and shop update =-.

    5. Honey? Oooh… now I have a new ingredient to try when I make my lotions this Fall. I use grated beeswax right now, as well as lanolin and Vitamin E, but to add some honey into it might prove to make it pliable, smell nice, and have lots of good skin vibes. :)

      Honey-Calendula Skin Loving Lotion, or perhaps Comfrey and Honey Citrus Boo-Boo Balm! Ooh or Rosemary and Mint Honey Face Balm….
      .-= caroline´s last post ..Powerful and Beautiful =-.

    6. Wow I had no idea! I use some amish soap with honey and milk in it. My skin is no longer super dry and yet oily in some areas. SO much better but yet my face has started breaking out more again. So I may give pure honey a try as the natural honey soap had some positive benefits yet my face isn't perfect yet. Could be the food and stress too though. Thanks for the information!!

    7. Radine, that is so cool about the beekeeping! I have read some other peoples' chronicles of their beekeeping adventures and I found them riveting. I don't think my neighbours here in the suburbs would be down with beekeeping, but maybe one day I can do it too. I can't wait to hear how it works out for you. :)

    8. I have never heard of this. As I get older, and wear less makeup (maybe I should be wearing more?) I’m finding my skin to be more sensitive to weather changes. In the winter my skin is extra splotchy. I’m going to try this. Thanks!
      .-= Jane´s last post ..Help! I’ve Been Splogged! =-.

    9. I’ve been thinking about honey ever since I first saw you mention it. We need to go shopping, and I’m not sure why I’ve been so hesitant to follow your suggestion as our skin is quite similar.
      Katie
      .-= Katie´s last post ..Fresh Homemade Breadsticks with Mascarpone for Dipping =-.

    10. Who freaking knew indeed

      I am trying it tonight. I have honey by the bucket here because of BF

    11. Wow! Neat idea. I’ve heard of oatmeal masks and avocado and cucumber but not honey. I think I might try that today!
      .-= Melodie´s last post ..Foodie Fridays: Summer Fresh Salsa =-.

    12. Quite tempted to try this! I’ve lost the plot with ‘skin care regimes’ – every product I buy seems to either dry out my skin or bring me out in spots. Maybe honey is the answer??! Does it need to be special honey though? Cause honey’s quite expensive here so I may have to buy budget!

      More natural beauty tips please!!
      .-= Josie´s last post ..Introducing: The Baby Show 2060 =-.

    13. So how exactly do you wash with honey? Do you let it sit, apply water to your face first? Scrub with a washcloth? :) I am full of questions.

    14. To wash I splash water on my face first. Then I spread around 1/2 teaspoon of honey on my face with my fingertips, and let it sit for a minute. I've heard there are some people who do it as a face mask and leave it for 5-10 minutes, but I've never tried. Then I rinse it with warm water. The honey dissolves really quickly and easily in water.That's all there is to it. I've heard of some people adding brown sugar or baking soda to make a scrub, but I've never tried and I don't think it's necessary. But the brown sugar might just be delicious. ;)

    15. Okay, I’m back to share my experience. I just tried some rosemary-infused honey (gift from friend). I don’t use it in my cooking much but I needed some today, then I remembered I should try it on my face. Oohwee! I scraped a nice glob off the wooden spoon onto my face, left the room where a fly was buzzing around cuz I was afraid it might land on me and how gross would that be??? I loved how it felt – like it was tightening my pores. Then I washed it off- not too fun, very sticky, next tiem I will put my hair up! I really yucky-upped one of my facecloths too, but afterwards? What glowing radiant skin I have! I felt like I’d just had an expensive facial. Thanks for this Amber!
      .-= Melodie´s last post ..Monday Musings: Are You Going? =-.

    16. Okay, backup. Honey? Really? This really works?

      Like….straight outta the jar? I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around this one.

      I’m willing to try anything though. I’ve always had terrible skin, which has gotten unbelievably more terrible since I had these children. My whole face is one big blackhead, and I’d love to go back on the Retin-A, but that stuff causes SEVERE birth defects, and they won’t even prescribe it to a woman in her childbearing years. Honey sounds like a MUCH safer option…. if it really works?
      .-= TheFeministBreeder´s last post ..Mothers are like Vampires… =-.

    17. I’ve heard that before, and been meaning to try it out! It had no huge issue with my skin, until about 2 months ago. Blah.

      Do you dilute it with water, or use it straight from the jar?

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