When I became dedicated to healthy living, I began looking for a more natural approach to my daily routine. One of the most awesome things I’ve discovered is raw honey for my face. In the last month that I’ve been using it as a face mask, I’ve had the clearest, smoothest and softest skin since I hit puberty.
This isn’t your run-of-the-mill teddy bear honey. I’m talking about unprocessed, unpasteurized and unfiltered honey straight from the hive. I know putting something sweet and sticky on your face to prevent breakouts sounds counterintuitive, but it’s worked wonders for me.
There’s a scientific explanation for why this works, but I’m a right-brain thinker, so here’s my version of it. Bees deposit vitamins, minerals and nutrients into honey, making it an antibacterial, antimicrobial and moisturizer. If your skin problems are from dirt and bacteria, then honey can help with breakouts and keep your skin hydrated. This probably won’t work if your skin problems are from hormones or irritation, but it definitely clears my skin up after a particularly sweaty gym session or after I’ve neglected my face for a few days.
What do I use?
The best thing about using honey as a face mask is how simple it is. I use Y.S. Eco Bee Farms Raw Honey (affiliate) that I get from Amazon for about $11 a jar. It’s super creamy and goes on like a thick lotion. I haven’t tried any other brands, but I’m really happy with this one since my skin looks great and it’s about half the price of raw honey at health food stores. I’ve heard that some people add a bit of baking soda as an exfoliant, but I haven’t tested that out yet.
How do I use it?
- Wash your face with warm to hot water to open up your pores. It’s best to use right after a shower.
- Pat your face dry, leaving it slightly damp. I’ve found that it’s easier to spread the honey when your face is a bit moist, but don’t use too much water or it will drip. Find a balance of water and honey that works for you.
- Leave the mask on for 30 minutes to an hour. The first time I used it, my skin got a little itchy and red, which I assume is due to a mild honey allergy. It didn’t bother me enough to take it off, but make sure to listen to your skin and wash it off immediately if you think you’re having an allergic reaction. (This should’ve been step 1, but do a spot test on a small spot of your chin to make sure the honey agrees with you.)
- Rinse your face off with warm water. It comes off surprisingly easily, even out of your hair.
- Rub your face and enjoy your soft, rejuvenated skin.
When I first started using the mask, I did it every day for about a week. The first few days, I noticed more breakouts, which is from the honey bringing all the dirt and oil to the surface. After a week, I had wonderfully clear and smooth skin. Now I use it once every other day or every third day. It also gives me overnight results if I have a freak breakout.
Have your ever tried using raw honey as a face mask? How did it work for you? What other foods have you used as face masks?