I love a good recommendation just as much as the next person. Everyone knows word of mouth is the best way for something to catch on, and I will fully admit that if a friend tells me about any new product they’re obsessed with, I always try it - with one exception. Skincare. As someone with incredibly sensitive skin - I react to scents, the slightest environmental changes, and even certain products targeted towards sensitive skin - nothing scares me more than breaking out in the painful, red bumps of a rash.
But when a friend told me she’d only been washing her face with honey for the past two months, I was intrigued. Of course, I’d heard of honey in face masks, but using honey as the sole cleanser twice a day sounded like a disaster to me. Here she was, though, with skin looking far more soft and even in tone than my own.
I was stunned. Clearly the only rational response was to consult the skincare gods via Google search, and to my surprise, the results were plentiful. Honey has antibacterial properties making it perfect to treat inflammatory skin conditions, such as acne and rosacea. It also works as a natural skin protectant to help seal in moisture. Honey is full of antioxidants, is naturally soothing, and even works as a gentle exfoliator. In other words, honey seemed like the prime solution for all my (and possibly your) skincare woes.
So here’s the part you’ve all been waiting for. Does it actually work? You betcha. I have been using raw honey (you can also use Manuka honey) as a normal face cleanser for the past two weeks and can tell a considerable difference in both the way my skin feels and looks. Putting it on and washing it off is much more gentle than any of my other products, and with the exception of some initial redness, my skin has not reacted adversely. In fact, it’s been brighter, softer, and less prone to acne.
And while you don’t have to entirely forego your favorite cleanser, I would highly recommend incorporating honey into your skincare rotation. If you’re looking for a natural way to help out your skin, it would be remiss of me to not spread the word. Honey is definitely worth the buzz.
Edited by: Lexie Einertson