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!
What you'll need
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.)