As we end of winter nears (fingers crossed), it's usually the time of year I take a look at my hair and skin and think "What happened to you?". We all want that vibrant glow that summer tends to give us but come the end of winter, it has all disappeared. The next couple weeks of blog posts will be all about getting that vibrant glow back!
First up - Honey Face Wash
I don't mean some pre-concocted, processed face wash with honey in the name, I really mean a good ol' jar of honey. The same honey you may put in your tea, or bake with!
I started using Crystal's Honey about 2 years ago. At that time I had mixed skin, oily and dry, and I would break out from time to time. In my late 20's this isn't ideal! So I though what the heck, I'll give it a try. 2 years later, I swear by it!
- It is all natural, why put chemicals on our skin if we don't have to?
- My break outs stopped.
- My skin feels softer
- I have been warned that honey "could"dry out my skin, but 2 years later my skin is still mixed.
I started using Crystals because it's what I had on hand. I like that it has a texture to it which still gives me that feeling that I am scrubbing the dirt off my face.
The benefits of using honey to wash your face
- Honey gently removes dirt and impurities without stripping the skin of natural oils. Foaming cleansers and soaps frequently strip the skin of these protective oils and cause the skin to overproduce oil.
- The natural antibacterial and probiotic properties of raw honey effectively reduce breakouts and prevent new acne.
- Since it is so gentle and nurturing to the skin, it is ideal for very sensitive skin, rosacea, and eczema.
- It works well on all skin types. It balances oily skin and moisturizes dry skin.
- As far as excellent facial cleansers go, it is much cheaper than store bought options!
- Although any raw honey works excellently, manuka honey boasts superior antibacterial and healing properties. It is recommended for acne-prone skin.
How to wash your face with honey
I leave the jar in my bathtub, the heat of the shower keeps the honey from hardening but be very cautious if you are keeping a glass jar in a slippery tub. I scoop out about 2 fingers worth of honey. Wet my face in the warm shower and then scrub the honey all over my face. If I have extra time I may leave it on a bit longer while I wash my hair but if I don't have the time I'll just rinse it right off. Pat face dry as you get out of the shower and moisturize!