I’ve shared before how I wash my face with oil and how that has been the best skin care routine I’ve ever used. Some readers commented that they still hadn’t found the right combination of oils for their skin type, so I wanted to share another natural face wash I recently found …
Sound strange? So does cleansing your face with oil, but it turns out that they are both natural and effective ways to cleanse skin naturally.
Honey Face Mask (or Wash)
For this method, raw honey must be used. Raw honey has natural antibacterial properties and contains enzymes and probiotics that are good for skin. This method can be especially good for acne-prone skin as it doesn’t stop moisture from the skin but does reduce oils and bacteria. (Acne is usually in internal problem though, so it is important to look at diet too!)
Honey is gentler than soaps, which strip the skin of beneficial oils, and it gently nourishes skin. I know a local vet who has even used raw honey to speed skin healing on animals as it helps reduce bacteria and speed healing while protecting the skin from outside disturbances. This idea appears to have some scientific backing, as there are now medical-grade ointments (like this one) that use honey for wound and burn healing in humans.
What Kind of Honey
I’ve personally tried two different types of honey for facial cleansing:
Both seem to work really well. Manuka honey is considered more cleansing and antibacterial (and has health benefits when used internally) but from what I found, either one works great for skin care (and raw honey is cheaper). I normally use a slightly lesser quality honey for face cleansing than I use with food. As long as a honey is raw and preferably organic, it is great for skin use.
Typically, I wash my face at night with the oil cleansing method since it also removes makeup, and use the honey face mask in the morning before showering. I keep a small jar of honey and a spoon on my bathroom counter for this purpose.
A friend of mine also recommended adding a tiny bit of vitamin C powder (which is also great for skin) to the honey face mask, along with some essential oils for extra antibacterial and acne-fighting power.
Since then, I’ve been experimenting with variations of this honey face mask and cleanser. Different variations seem to work for different skin types.
Personally, I mix a few drops of lavender and frankincense oils into the honey I keep in my bathroom. I also sometimes add a dash of cinnamon or vitamin C. I just spot test on my inner arm before trying anything new on my face and I recommend the same for anyone trying these DIY methods.
Some “bonus” ingredients to try:
- Cinnamon – For oily or inflamed skin, add a tiny amount (less than 1/2 teaspoon) of cinnamon powder to the honey before massaging onto your face. (This is too strong for some skin types as it may be drying.)
- Lemon – For age spots or dark patches on skin, try lemon. Adding a teaspoon of lemon juice to honey before massaging onto skin helps clean pores and lighten dark spots. Vitamin C powder also works for this.
- Lavender – To balance skin, try lavender! Add 2 drops of organic lavender essential oil to a teaspoon of honey and massage into skin.
How to Use Honey as a Face Mask
Creating a natural face mask using honey is incredibly easy (and works amazing too!).
- Wet face with warm water.
- Place a small amount of honey in your hands (usually less than a teaspoon is plenty) and rub your hands together. I use this honey.
- Massage into skin in a circular motion to get all areas.
- Leave on for 10-15 minutes for deep pore cleansing.
- Wash off with warm water and pat dry.
- Enjoy soft, balanced skin!
How to Use Honey as a Facial Cleanser
To cleanse with honey without doing a face mask, just massage a teaspoon of honey into damp skin using circular movements. Wash well with warm water and pat dry.
Have you ever washed your face with an unusual ingredient? Tell me below!
Discussion (246 Comments)
I use this honey method as a weekly treatment, it does work well! I recommend to others also. My skin looks better and heals/clears my acne. Oil cleansing works for me and I’m trying to do it daily now. I’ve tried baking soda for acne but its too drying.
KATIE-I do facial grains also (ground oatmeal, clay)-is this okay with the wellness challenge? Not sure if oatmeal is okay on the skin as long as I’m not eating it?
I have a natural remedy book that recommends:
milk with some lavender oil, soak cloth and let sit on face for few minutes.
But I couldn’t stand the cold milk on my face in the morning!
Katie - Wellness Mama
It should be fine on the skin unless you have a true allergy
This is a great idea Katie! Thank you! I’ve been using your oil cleansing method for a while now and absolutely swear by it!!
I LOVE the honey face wash! My skin is so incredibly soft and smooth. Since I stopped wearing makeup several months ago, my skin has found its own balance and I actually don’t wash my face more than a few times a week. When I do wash, I usually do a baking soda scrub and follow it with a honey wash. My skin has never been more clear!
I wash/scrub my face with honey and cinnamon. Cinnamon acts like a nice scrubbing agent and doesn’t seem to irritate my face.
Double whammy! Cinnamon acts as a natural antiseptic and anti inflammatory. I use cinnamon mixed with raw honey (and sometimes a drop of tea tree oil for real nasties) as an acne spot treatment. Works wonders :^D
I’ve been washing my face face with honey for about a year now, but a few weeks ago I started washing with coconut oil, too. I usually wash with honey at night and with my coconut oil/essential oil blend in the morning. I love infusing my honey with herbs to add more benefits 🙂
If I use the honey I get from a local bee keeper would that be considered raw organic honey?
Katie - Wellness Mama
Yes, as long as he doesn’t heat it
What is wrong with heating the honey? My honey comes from a bee keeper as well, but we do slightly heat it I guess to melt it into the jar? Does that count?
p.s. Wellness Momma is now my obsession and I LOVE LOVE LOVE all these ideas. A path to a holistic life is in sight! <3!
Katie - Wellness Mama
That should be fine.. it just loses some of its natural benefits when heated to high temps
So if I microwave raw honey for 10-15 seconds , is that not good? It’s so thick in the jar so there is no way you can eat it just like that.
Hey Katie! What do you think about substituting honey for maple syrup?
Oil cleansing is amazing! I used to have combination skin and it balanced my face within in about a week to two weeks. I also learned about using honey to wash my face and noticed that it significantly reduced black heads that were forming around my eyes on one side of my face. While I was pregnant my face dried out horribly. Washing my face with honey hydrated it and made supple and clear. I always thought about adding vit C to my honey but wasn’t sure if it made sense. This article was great as I am now dealing with enlarged pores. I wasn’t sure if it was my diet, my age (38) or just the environment. Either way Im pretty sure I can now come up with a face wash regimen that will give me the skin I’m looking for. Thanks a bunch!??
Is there a “breaking in” period where acne might get worse before getting better with the honey? I use the oil cleansing method at night and it’s been working great but I was looking for a little something to use in the mornings. I tried honey for a bit but found it made my skin worse. Would you recommend I just avoid it or should I stick with it for it to take effect? It’s not an allergy.
Katie - Wellness Mama
If the oil cleansing is working, I”d just stick with that if the honey doesn’t work well on your skin
what do you think of the juice beauty products??
Katie - Wellness Mama
I’m not familiar with them.
You mentioned that diet may have more of an effect on acne. Do you know what items specifically may trigger acne? I eat pretty clean, a lot of raw and organic, watch my GMOs obviously and have eliminated dairy and most grains. Yet I’m still having breakouts…I’m currently trying oil cleansing and am into about my 2nd week. I’m definitely less oily, but still getting a breakout here and there.
Katie - Wellness Mama
For extreme cases an elimination or autoimmune diet may help determine the triggers. The oil cleansing should continue to help more and more too.
Thanks – I’ll look those up.
After your previous post on oil cleansing, I continued it for about 2 weeks. My skin definitely felt clean and soft , but it also started looking thin. My skin is naturally thin and after oil cleansing, it looks more thin. I used olive oil (3/4) and castor oil (1/4). Could there be anything I was doing wrong?
Hello. I have been using the oil cleansing method for several months now. Perhaps you are using too much castor oil in your mixture or you may wish to add a more mousiruzing oil, like avocado oil, to your mixture. Also, it may be a good idea to use a gentler cloth for the steaming process, like strips of an old t-shirt or sheets.
Also, you can use other oils. I have a funny mix (I could not tell you exactly what is in it/proportions; not sure why I have to make my life complicated lol). I really like argan oil and emu oil, which I have started using a lot lately. I also have almond, apricot, and castor. I have not used olive yet. I am a few months in and while my skin is not perfect, it is definitely not worse off than it was. I feel like I am a **huge** enough lover of this blog to mention I also like the tips I find on almostexactly.com for skin care. I am not a fan of posting possibly competing web addresses, but I use this blog for almost EVERYTHING and I use the other for a couple things, like OCM (and no poo). Anywho, I hope that helps 🙂
Try replacing the olive oil with something else. Olive oil is known to clog pores from extended use and could be the cause of your isse.
Sweet Almond oil is good for naturally oily skin, grapeseed oil is a good all-rounder and avocado oil is great for dry skin.
I don’t know about cleansing your face but a good quality EMU OIL from Australia is great for skin it is antibacterial and it unclogs pores while keeping your skin so soft
thank you so much for talking about the oil cleaning wash I am starting to make my own products now and before I did the honey and oils after I washed my face with harsh products my skin felt terrible and I have combination skin and now my skin feels better than ever so THANK YOU SO MUCH!!
Hormonal imbalance can also cause acne.
As can internal toxins. Things that help your body rid itself of toxins can be really helpful – detox baths, saunas, greens that are esp good for the liver.
I have active acne (not a lot, but enough to make me self conscious 😉 and I tried oil cleansing for quite awhile but could never find a recipe that cleared up my skin. My pores never got cleared out. I got a facial (my 1st ever – omg so wonderful!) and she said my skin looks very congested. And I’d been very diligent about the oil cleansing. Most natural oils are comedogenic. Maybe they’re fine for some people, but for some of us with active acne they’re not so good. Right now, at night I use a natural salicylic face wash (rinse with warm water then very cold), tone with ACV & witch hazel, then apply aloe straight from plant & let dry, then apply natural noncomedogenic moisturizer that I customized w/lavender & tea tree EO & calendula & chamomile tinctures I made from Katie’s recipe. The esthetician also taught me to use an ice cube over the acne-prone areas to calm existing acne & prevent new pimples from coming out. Weekly bentonite masks are also really nice. It’s only been a couple weeks but my skin looks so much better already.
I was REALLY hoping to do a completely homemade routine and I gave it a really good try, but it just didn’t work for me. I do love the honey wash idea – I’m going to start using that in the morning!
One important note: always check your ingredients (whether ur making or buying) against a reputable comedogenic ingredient list. There are so many products that are marketed as acne-friendly but contain comedogenic ingredients.
Good luck! 🙂
Where did you find your reputable comedogenic list?
The term ‘non comedogenic’ is pretty much meaningless, much like ‘hypoallergenic’. The reason being that what may clog your pores – or be an allergen for you – may not be for many other people. Another couple ones that are meaningless: ‘dermatologist recommended’, ‘cruelty free’, ‘natural’, ‘organic’ (unless certified by proper independent agencies)…..the list is endless. And these are words that are endlessly used & abused.
The retail cosmetics & skin care industries *love* these meaningless terms because they can throw them around without any concern of being sued & sucker consumers into believing they’re actually purchasing something that’s good for them or the planet.
Where did you get a natural salicylic face wash and natural noncomedogenic moisturizer? Could you be more specific?
It could also be an endocrine or other system imbalance. It turned out that way for me after holistic products and an autoimmune diet (SCD/FODMAPS) did not eliminate my acne, despite helping with other issues. Balancing my cortisol and DHEA proportions (under the supervision of my ND) has provided much relief for me. Good luck!
How are you balancing your cortisol and DHEA levels?
What oil recipe are you using for you’re oil treatment?
Do you eat chocolate? If so try eliminating it for one month and see if your breakouts stop. I know this is a debated topic but personally I found out it was indeed chocolate that was making me break out. If I eat it then two weeks later I have a break out. It’s worth a try at least.
growing up as a choco-holic giving up chocolate bars was like sheer torture for me! i would give it up but would always go back after a while even though i did notice that the acne would subside when i didnt eat it….what is life w/out chocolate for me? not a life i wanna live…but thankfully since i totally gave up eating m&m’s and caramellos and now im almost a hippie to the people i know eating organic food…i think i have found the main culprit for acne for me:
SUGAR and DAIRY.
when i eliminate these 2 things from my diet, i almost have perfect skin w/ no acne. after suffering acne for so long, i never thought i would find a solution and i think i have mostly. and best of all i can eat all the chocolate i want and o find it really boosts my mood! i personally love cacao nibs w/ no sugar at all.
what i use to sweeten foods are: xylitol, and raw honey and im gonna try this brand “heavenly organics” cane sugar cuz regular cane sugar even organic wreaks havoc on my skin. i can now make my hot chocolate and i dont have to worry about getting a huge painful pimple in the new hour or 2! basically sugar is inflammatory and inflames ur skin and i think lots of people know how bad it is for teeth etc.
also i drink a mix of ACV 2 tbsp. (organic, raw, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar w/ the “mother”), a 1/4 tsp. of baking soda, and a sweetener, i use unsulphured blackstrap molasses (calcium and other good stuff in it), every day when i wake up in a cup of water. i take it at least half an hour before i eat anything and at night. u can take more if u want. this has basically eliminated my cystic acne and if i dont take it i immediately get pimples. i think it cleans ur system and ill drink this teh rest of my life.
Nothing you eat directly causes acne. It’s an old wive’s tale that cola or chocolate cause acne; it’s more likely that the same hormones or nutritional imbalances that cause a menstrual cycle, cause cravings for certain foods. In other words, both acne and cravings are caused by hormones. Acne occurs for one of several reasons. Either you are leaning on the area (for instance, leaning your chin on your hand, or your bra rubbing) or sweat can exacerbate it. Washing should not be harsh. The real reason you wash is to remove dirt and hydrate the skin to prepare it for any treatments or applications that follow. And washing with warm and rinsing with cool to close pores is also nonsense, your pores are your pores.
Acne is caused when your sebaceous glands do not expel sebum and dead skin cells quickly enough. They plug up, that’s a blackhead. If they then get infected and inflamed, that’s a whitehead. Cystic acne is an entirely different level and may require a doctor’s attention. So what you want to do to get rid of acne is to speed up the DESQUAMATION, or peeling/shedding, of the skin pore so it won’t back up or plug up. Washing is not supposed to be harsh or punishing. Don’t forget, it’s just to remove soil and hydrate/prepare the skin for the applications to follow. As a matter of fact if you wash too harshly you will irritate and can end up with seborrhea or eczema as well as acne.
There’s an old book you can maybe get from the library that explains it all, including that it’s nothing you’ve done. It’s called “Clear Skin” by Kenneth Flandermeyer. He cleared my acne when I was young, it was easy, took a little faith and time but nothing to be embarrassed about. Of course now I’m a lot older and I moisturize!
There are two substances you should look for in over-the-counter remedies: benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid. Both will speed up the maturation of your pimples, so you will see possibly more come out that are already there, hiding, before you start to clear, but once you clear, you just have to maintain. Warning that the benzoyl can bleach clothing and sheets. The salicylic acid is milder. Start with the weakest strength you can find, remember, you’re not doing this to punish your skin and it’s not your fault, it will get better, I promise, I suffered years ago too.
So unless you have an idiosyncratic sensitivity or allergy to a food, it’s not about diet. That being said, you should be eating five or six portions of fruits and veggies every day, and eating whole grains, and cut back on meat… You’ll be glad when you’re an old fart like me who doesn’t look my age. Eliminate empty calories like soda and candy, and drink water. American women often don’t realize they are dehydrated. By the way, makeup can exacerbate acne, there is no makeup that won’t and all the companies lie, they all plug up pores no matter what they hype.
I hope this helps you: once you are informed, you can take your skin health into your own hands safely, with confidence. The clearer you stay, the less you will scar, and the substances I mentioned above can even reduce scarring to some degree.
There are “natural” plants that can help but I would personally wish you to stop suffering quickly so you can be happy and comfortable as soon as possible. By the way, I am a licensed massage therapist,and am certified in natural therapeutics, but I believe there are times when natural is best, and times when there’s nothing wrong with a little help from Western medicine. The bottom line for me is I am not a purist, and would not let you suffer when there are things that can help you quicker and easier. Later, you can make lots of fabulous natural facials but first, let’s get you cleared.
It is true that oil can clean skin but make sure you get organic, expeller pressed, and not an oil that is too heavy… Any oil can plug a pore. Perhaps honey, coconut oil, sweet almond. I use refined organic coconut because it is less likely to go rancid, and because I don’t want to smell like a coconut all day. All fruits and dairy have some sort of very mild acids in them that are safe to use, whether it’s mashed berries, Greek plain organic nonfat yogurt, canned plain pumpkin, mashed papaya or mango. Just use whatever is in the fridge when you get out of the shower, and whatever you don’t put on your face, just lick out of the bowl! My favorite at my age is a facial made of a little yogurt, a bit of honey, and a mashed strawberry or blueberry. I let it dry, then rinse. Honey is the best humectant I’ve ever found, and it is bacteriostatic, too. My skin feels soft the rest of the day, after I rinse it off.
Katie - Wellness Mama
There is actually a lot of evidence that diet directly affects your skin and acne. (They talk about it in this podcast: https://chriskresser.com/naturally-get-rid-of-acne-by-fixing-your-gut/ and I’ve seen the results in my own life (I eat too much sugar or dairy and I break out). The idea that acne is a skin-only problem is really outdated. Even by your explanation, foods can affect acne:
Diet can affect sebaceous gland secretion and cell turnover rate (check out The Wahls Protocol for documentation on this). Diet can affect the immune system and the body’s ability to fight or avoid infection.
You make some good points and I think that it is important to consider the impact of makeup as well, but I completely disagree that diet doesn’t affect acne.
…and your credentials are…? I am a licensed massage therapist and certified natural therapeutics specialist. I also worked for physicians for 16 years. And one article against decades of evidence doesn’t hold much water. This lady is suffering because of acne and needs to clear it up before she ends up with physical and emotional scars. I did suggest she increase her fruits end vegetables, if you didn’t notice that. Believe me, I do understand a lot about natural therapeutics, and I also understand the difference between science and pseudoscience/subjective new age opinion. Diet affects general health, which in turn can affect hormones and acne, for good or bad. The same hormones that cause acne, cause cravings, but it is about nutritional deficiencies, not about the food itself causing the acne, unless you have a idiosyncratic allergy to a food. The hormones and nutritional needs cause both the cravings and acne, not the foods the acne directly. A lot of it is also genetics.
I have been a vegetarian for over forty years, so I do believe it is a healthy choice for myself and the planet. It has paid off for me. But I was glad I used benzoyl and controlled my skin when I was younger.
Please remember that “natural” doesn’t necessarily mean “safe” or as effective as something bought in a tube. Arsenic and uranium are both “natural.” If you read everything I wrote, you saw that I also suggested desquamation by topical application of fruits or dairy, which all have different, useful acids, along with the warning that the process, whether she uses an over-the-counter product or fruits, will cause the maturation of pimples not yet visible. She will get rid of all of them at the same time and can then go into maintenance. I am not someone who is willing to throw out the baby with the bath water… salicylic and benzoyl work. I am not going to encourage her to suffer longer than necessary just to be a purist. The bottom line for me is to get someone well quickly, with as little suffering as possible. I suffered the stigma of acne when younger and was glad someone taught me how to take control of it. Unless she has cystic acne, she can fix this problem herself. Please let her see that she has choices. It’s her body, not ours. Using yogurt or mashed fruit certainly is more “romantic” and has a wholesome air about it psychologically, which is very fashionable at this time, but using salicylic or benzoyl is a clinically quick, sure thing, cold hard fact that it is. Sometimes, there is no substitute for western medicine. I am not disqualifying your comments outright, people with no formal training sometimes think the causes and cures of things are simpler than they really are. I probably learned more “woo woo,” as we called it in massage school, than you can shake a stick at, some of it way out on a limb, and much of it worked. I use a lot of it in my practice. But I practice complementary medicine, not alternative medicine: I don’t care which quarter the help comes from, as long as the client heals, and the quicker, the better. If that includes a western, allopathic element, I don’t see any conflict at all. Don’t forget that even natural therapeutics, in an amateur’s hands, can have side effects and sequelae. It is not that simple, not one size fits all.
We should even suggest that if our benign suggestions don’t work she should see a doctor. Neither of us has even seen her, we don’t know her medical history, and medicine is not a simplistic discipline. There are other skin conditions that mimic acne that a doctor should get involved with. It sounds like acne vulgaris, so I described that etiology and what cures it, both “natural” and allopathic. So she can make her own informed decision.
But I say again that for at least the last forty years, the cause has been known and, unless you have an idiosyncratic food sensitivity, foods don’t cause acne, hormones and genetics do, along with sweat and pressure on the skin. While healthy diet and lifestyle are important in general to reduce systemic inflammation that leaves one vulnerable to disease, it won’t be enough. Many disorders overwhelm despite our best efforts. Some people are just acne-prone, whether they have a great diet or not. Western allopathic medicine still has its place in the treatment of disease and I do not think it necessarily conflicts with natural therapeutics, imho. We’re not talking chemotherapy, for goodness’ sake.
Give these ladies the entire range of options and let them try whichever ones attract them.
I’m a qualified practitioner in Western Herbal Medicine and obviously a credential is not needed in this conversation as what Katie has stated above is actually correct. Not to disregard your advice Mary as I agree with most points you’ve made but I note you have repeated your job title in each of your comments. Please don’t assume it is the be all and end all as your title is by no means recognized in my country let alone Govt accredited.
We all still have much to learn no matter what importance we believe our title affords.
I also believe you should allow the original poster which inspired your response more credit than you have. She knows her body better than any of us.
I am a Registered Massage Therapist in Ontario, Canada where we complete 2,200 hours (2 years) and then a provincial (state) written and practical exam. We are covered under the Regulated Health Professions Act along with Doctors, Dentists, Nurses, Physiotherapists, Chiropractors and many others. Skin and acne care is not within our ‘Scope of Practice’, it was not a subject in my extensive training, so my credentials mean nothing for this conversation. ‘Natural Therapeutics’ is not a profession. A Naturopathic Doctor here undergoes 8 years of schooling. I have worked alongside Naturopathic Doctors, Physiotherapists, Chiropractors for years. So what? A doctor who treats acne, even though he is not a dermatologist, told me sweating in hot yoga would worsen acne. It does not and diet does affect the skin. That is just plain common sense. Every food you eat is either creating disease or preventing disease. Problems in the intestines often manifest on the skin as acne. I’ve seen people who have juiced for two months with absolutely glowing skin. Varicose veins are not found in places around the world that do not eat a North American diet. I would bet first world and aboriginal societies do not experience acne like we see here. I have seen numerous times raw, inflamed, hairless, weeping, red skin on dogs that were treated with internal and external drugs for years with no change, which cleared completely with diet (raw diet). It just makes sense.
Mary…There is no need to visit someone’s blog, insult them, and throw your stupid titles around just because she respectfully disagreed with your opinion. What are YOUR credentials? A massage therapist? Please, lady!! Judging from the mere length of your post, you obviously aren’t busy enough massaging or ‘natural therapeuting.’ Wellness Mama… You rock!
The Mayo Clinic, webmd, and acne.org acknowledge that diet can directly affect skin and acne. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/acne/symptoms-causes/syc-20368047 There is no way to prove certain foods cause certain reactions everytime in every person. Because that would be an uneducated blanket explanation. Benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid dont work on my skin in any combination. I have used every top brand, base brand and prescription known to man. In the end it was hormonal imbalance and too much sugar in my diet. I figured it outt myself. And I should know EVERYTHING about skin because I am a registered Radiological Technologist. Lol.
Mary, you’re obnoxious, and far too impressed with yourself, and you’re very wrong about diet. You’re also very rude, and condescending (a sign of a feeling of inferiority). I stopped counting how many times you said “I” in your l-e-n-g-t-h-y post. Of course diet affects people. I watched my mother and sister nearly die from nut allergies, (anaphalaxis (sp?) shock). You underestimate people’s intelligence. Not a good sign. I’m sure this woman knows she has an option of western medicine. Do you think she’s unaware of that? Credentials? And what are yours? Some people do research in certain areas, and know more than doctors. I know because I had to tell endos to test the Free T’s, when they didn’t know why. What are you trying to prove with your verbosity? How about too much dairy and phlegm? No connection? Right; you know everything. What are really so angry about? I can tell you, it’s not Katie.
Hello! I am late to this conversation, but, I totally agree with Katie- my credentials? Experience. Lots of experience with eating sugar, therefore causing acne. Trial and error. For many years. There are no better credentials than life experience 🙂
It is those same thpughts of how every biometric individual is the same and must react the same to certain things; no, we are all different, we react differently to different things, those who are allergic to certain food items and those who aren’t you can’t tell someone what their body should act like.
You may have to experiment with what you eat. I found out that certain nuts caused my skin to breakout.
I cut dairy from my diet and my skin is great!
Any skin issues are usually related to copper imbalance. Google copper toxicity, especially in women, for a start.
I can totally relate to your problem, I had the same issues for years, even as an adult. Nothing I did seemed to work until I realized that even though I was eating a lot of fruits and veggies, I still wasn’t eating enough. I then did some research and found a whole food (vegan, non gmo, organic, sustainably sourced) supplement. I love it because it is 100% pure fruits and veggies and it so much more affordable than trying to buy the same thing in the store, which I tried to do and found out it’s just not possible or affordable. It’s called JuicePlus if you want to look it up. It also cured me of my debilitating cramps as well as helped me in a lot of other ways.
Good luck in your journey!
I’ve moved toward more holistic living and now will not put anything on my skin that I wouldn’t eat. Raw honey is so great!
Oh, and I love the jar shown in the picture; where did you find it?
While I think your method is a great, easy way to approach natural skincare, there are a lot of really great non-toxic ingredients you’ll be missing out on if you only put on your body what you’d put in your body.
Remember that your digestive system is a completely different system than your skin’s, so ingesting something isn’t quite the same as putting it on your skin.
Tea tree oil is a great oil for skin that causes liver toxicity if ingested. Rosehip seed oil can cause major intestinal upset if taken internally but has been a real skin savior for me!
I loved this post, I personally use bananas, cucumbers, strawberry’s,baking soda and aloe Vera as well as using honey. They are cheap, easy to make and very healthy! 🙂
Hi, This is Dy…what is the proportion of Bananas, cucumbers, strawberry, baking soda, aloe and honey? Please share. Thanks.
Thank you! I cannot wait to try this!!
Just made my own version of a honey mask.
My skin is no where near as bad as it used to be but I still have small bumps and scars.
I used Manuka honey, ground cinnamon (you can also use cinnamon oil) tea tree oil and peppermint oil.
Mix these together and apply as a mask and leave for 15-30 min.
I kid you not I can FEEL the deep cleaning my pores are getting it’s amazing!
You can also try adding nutmeg or adding lemon juice instead of the peppermint oil to help with scarring and uneven skin tone!
Just be careful. Honey actually makes the skin more sensitive to the sun. My family uses this method to keep skin tight. Wear sunscreen and a hat as much as possible. My mother doesn’t do this anymore because she camps out a lot and doesn’t cover her face as much. She also got some blemishes (and we are dark skinned).
So what recipe would you recommend? I have oily skin, and I saw someone comment about sweet almond oil? I am new to this stuff. I still have much research to do. lol Thank you.
You can always apply your own homemade Vitamin C serum after the honey wash. Do it separate because Vitamin C is good for blocking the sun’s harmful rays. It lasts penetrates your skin after about an hr after it’s been applied. I know because I had major discoloration and it would fade, but always come back when I did not have a good sunblock. Sun blocks are way too greasy for my skin. I have been making my own vita C serum, and it is amazing…I also apply aloe vera gel as well. I cut a fresh piece every day and apply the gel. It brightens your skin and it does not take long to see great results from both.
How many times do you use this per week?
I use a mask made out of raw organic honey, Greek yogurt, curcumin and kojic acid. Mix all the ingredients and apply with a soft brush to a clean face (I do a microderma abrasion clean), making sure your pores are open. I personally use a needle roller before I apply it so this helps your face absorb the good stuff. Let it dry thoroughly and then scrub it off with a dry face washing pad… it actually works like a peeling. You will notice the difference right away…not even a black head. I like to rub ice on my face after a quick rinse with plain tap water to close your pores. Curcumin can stain your clothes, but it’s wonderful for whitening your teeth and making blemishes disappeared…. Great for inflammation and much more. Use sunblock ALL the time!!!
What is the ratio or measurements of those ingredients (greek yogurt, raw honey, curcumin and kojic acid)?
Thank you for all the great ideas. I never thought of nutmeg. I can’t wait to add some of your suggestions.
Is raw and unpasteurized mean the same thing?
Yes, raw, unfiltered, and unpasteurized honey are all the same: straight from the hive with nothing good taken out!
I have been oil cleansing for 1 year. I started to use the sugar scub for exfoliating. I developed tiny bumps at eye creases, both sides of my nose and skin just above my nose between my eyes. Any ideas as to how to clear this up now? I eat a Paleo diet. I don’t have candida!
Need your help!
@Patty – A little late to the party, don’t know if you’re still reading the comments, but sugar is not good as a scrub for the face, as it’s way too grainy. You should probably try something that has a gentler action, such as coffee, cocoa or cinnamon (with the caveat that cinnamon can make your face feel like it’s on fire, though the effect is not long-lasting and you don’t end up with a clownish red face afterwards – at least that’s my experience.)
Hi Patty Turner… I trust you’ll get this one! I use a paste of Raw Honey, Plain Yogurt, Curcuma and Kojic Acid to deep clean my face. Do this on a clean face. Apply it, let it dry to the touch and then RUB it away, do NOT wash away. It’s like a magic eraser… black, white, any color heads disappear!!! Curcuma can stain your clothing, so be careful with it. It’s also good for whitening your teeth on the spot and an awesome anti-inflammatory (I take it internally for RA). I have dark spots on my face, so I do this twice a week and it’s been a speedy miracle. But if you don’t have any skin problems you can do it once a week ;o) I buy everything from Amazon, but the Kojic Acid I buy from eBay. Good luck with it and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask ;o) Namaste!