Use Honey as a Face Cleanser for Clear & Moisturized Skin

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How It Works

Swap out your facial cleanser and use raw, organic honey instead. Step 1- Wet your face with warm water. Step 2 - Put a quarter-sized glob of honey on your fingertips, gently massage it onto your face until a thin layer of honey is evenly applied throughout. Step 3- Wait 1-5 minutes then rinse it off with warm water (When I wash my face in the shower I apply the honey right when I start, and rinse it off just before leaving the shower. When I’m just washing my face, I only leave it on for a minute because I tend to be in a rush.). Step 4- Gently pat your face dry with a towel, and… that’s it!

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Story

I’ve heard people recommend using honey as a natural face cleanser, specifically Manuka honey (it is supposedly “near medical grade” quality). I’ve been using the same facial cleanser for years, but it isn’t available in Mexico City, where I currently live. When I ran out of it, I figured I’d give honey a try before heading to the stores and trying my luck on a new cleanser. I had Manuka honey in mind, but I decided to just try using what I had at home first. The first time I tried it, it was a pretty uncomfortable process as I made the mistake of not wetting my face first– applying honey to dry skin is extra sticky and a bit abrasive (some small crystals and pieces of honeycomb made it feel like a hard-to-spread scrub). But now that I know to wet my face first, I love it. My very sensitive skin has been clear since I started with it, and it never leaves my face feeling dry. I’ve actually stopped using moisturizer and just dab a little almond oil or rosehip seed oil on my cheeks (which have always been the driest part of my face). I don’t doubt that manuka honey is amazing, but my raw, organic, local honey is working so well that I see no reason to try out anything else. (Bonus: it’s way cheaper than manuka, buying it supports local beekeepers, and it has a smaller footprint as it doesn’t have to travel far, or be packed in all that safe-to-ship-packaging, to get into my hands.)

What do you think?

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Ceci Jayo
By Ceci Jayo
65 - Community Member
6 months ago

Love this shower mask idea! Totally going to try it. I've put honey on small cuts and wounds as a topical antibacterial agent, but never tried it as a face cleanser. Thanks for sharing!

Heidi Sloane
By Heidi Sloane
650 - Explorer
6 months ago

It's great for spot treatment too! (If you have a pimple/zit, put honey just on that spot before you sleep and wash it off in the morning.)

Sarah Stuart
By Sarah Stuart
15 - Community Member
11 months ago

I like to think of myself as a low maintenance gal so I love this recipe. I look forward to trying it in the shower! Thank you for sharing.

Heidi Sloane
By Heidi Sloane
650 - Explorer
10 months ago

Hope it works for you too!

Erika Oppenheimer
By Erika Oppenheimer
15 - Community Member
1 year ago

So interesting! I'm on the hunt for a good natural cleanser. Thanks for sharing!

Heidi Sloane
By Heidi Sloane
650 - Explorer
1 year ago

It also works great for spot treatment – if you do have a blemish (or the beginnings of one) try putting some honey directly on it, with dry skin, and leaving it on for half hour or overnight if you're able to. (When I use it before going to sleep there is a dramatic difference in the morning!)