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Raw Honey Facial Cleanser


Raw honey, oh how I love thee!  I can't get enough of this stuff.  I ran out of honey recently, which never happens, and my husband and I both looked at each other like something truly serious happened - that's how intense my addiction is.  On top of the skin and internal health benefits, supporting raw honey production supports apiaries (bee farms), which we need for our food reproduction: if we run out of bees, we run out of food - no joke!  Bees are necessary for pollinating crops.  The same way you can't make babies without mommies eggs and daddy's sperm; you can't have producing crops without bees helping plants fertilize each other (the babies, in this case, would be the fruit/produce).

That's some serious stuff, right?  But what does that have to do with your skin, you ask...LOTS!

Benefits of Raw Honey on the skin:
  • When added to water, (wet skin), the enzymes in honey act as a mild hydrogen peroxide, making it a mild antiseptic (another weapon in your arsenal when it comes to the war on acne, and the bacteria that cause it)
  • With a grainier honey, which most raw honey's are, it acts as a mild exfoliant, helping to remove dead skin cells, unclogging pores
  • It's also moisturizing, because it's an humectant, which is something that helps skin retain moisture
  • It has natural antioxidants and antimicrobial benefits to help combat free radicals and other damaging skin effects

It is important that you only use RAW honey, which has not been subjected to heat filtration.  According to www.honeygardens.com, "[raw honey] contain[s] healthful minerals, vitamins, enzymes, amino acids, and carbohydrates" that do wonders for both skin and body.  The honey you find in most grocery stores, the very clear looking honey, has been heat filtered, so you lose all of the health benefits, so you're only eating sugar at that point.

Items Needed:

  • Raw honey
  • Warm water
  • Towel/cloth


Instructions:

  1. After your Oil Cleansing Method to remove dirt and makeup, splash your face with warm water (over the sink, or in the bath/shower)
  2. Rub 1 to 2TB raw honey all over your face, neck, decolletage, and tops of shoulders, massaging into skin for 60 seconds
  3. Let sit on your skin for a few minutes
  4. Rinse with warm water, pat skin dry
  5. Moisturize as needed (see Facial Moisturizing)


Tips:

  • When at all possible, buy raw honey locally, at least within your state, apiaries need a lot of support; there isn't a lot of money in the apiary business right now, so it can be difficult to keep them open, but they are so necessary to keep bee populations from dying off (which is a concern)
  • If your skin is very sensitive, and needs less washing, just splash your face with water in the morning, and apply moisturizer if needed (see Facial Moisturizing), and use the Oil Cleansing Method and Raw Honey Facial Wash in the evening
  • Keep the honey secured with a tight lid when not in-use, and make sure you keep your container, and bathroom clean (honey splashes and drips on the container could attract ants)
  • Make sure you have a separate container of honey in the bathroom for skin care, and the other in the kitchen for eating (you'd think this would be self-explanatory, but just in case)
  • If you have more time, or you are relaxing in a bath, let the honey sit for 10 minutes (it can do more good the longer it sits)
  • Honey will rinse off quickly with warm water and begin to run, so don't do this with a shirt on, or leave on while roaming around the house (things can get sticky quickly!)
  • If washing in the sink before bed, make sure you rinse well, and pay attention to your hairline (wipe it with a damp cloth so that you don't get stuck with honey-head in your bed)
  • I prefer doing my honey wash in the bath/shower, because it is so much easier to rinse it completely off (let it sit on your face while conditioning your hair, then rinse before you rinse your conditioner) See No-Poo Method for hair
  • For less grainy honey, try Trader Joe's Organic Raw Honey, it is slightly creamier, less grainy
  • Organic honey is great, but remember, controlling where a bee goes (eg into pesticide riddled crops), can be tricky, so if you want to save some dough here by getting raw honey that isn't organic, go for it
  • If you have a blemish, you can speed it's healing by dabbing a little lavender essential oil on, or tea tree oil after your Raw Honey Facial Wash (I prefer lavender, it helps me sleep at night)*

*Always check with your doctor before using essential oils, because some are unsafe in the early stages of pregnancy, or throughout the entirety of it.  They are natural, but still potent.  Use and store properly away from curious small children (lemon essential oil is NOT drinkable lemon juice).

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