All things honey equate to all things sweet in my mind. I put it in my coffee and tea for flavor, and now on my face. I’ve been doing it for a while now and I’ve had great results. I’ve had many friends who have tried it and loved it, and some who haven’t quite had the same results, and that’s okay! There’s no single universal skin care regime or cleanse that is the end-all and be-all. What you eat, your supplements, your hormones and your environment play a large portion into the health of your skin. But as for me, I don’t think I’ll ever stop using honey…. as a 30-day cleanse, that is.
I have acne-prone skin. Because I take the more natural route to keeping my skin clear (diet, make-up, general skin care routine) rather than taking birth control or an antibiotic as I have in the past where I can count on clear skin 100% of the time, sometimes I do have break outs.
Finals for my first module of classes were this week so I prepped my skin last week for the stress I knew was about to come. One of the ways I prepped was a honey facial cleanse. Honey has ridiculous benefits for the body in general and it doesn’t fall short when it comes to skin benefits. A few of which are regeneration, inflammation reduction and protection from bacterial damage. Also, when putting honey on wet skin it forms natural hydrogen peroxide which in and of itself is anti-bacterial and can repair damaged skin.
Side note: As much as I love this cleanse and know that it works, this is not a cleanse I would recommend as an every day routine. I’m an advocate for exfoliation and anti-aging/under-eye cream. If you are too, throwing these back into your routine after the 30-day cleanse is a great idea! I’ll outline what that looks like at the end of this post.
Let’s talk about the honey:
I use a local Nashville honey just because it’s what I use in the kitchen day-to-day and have seen it work wonders on my skin. If you’re in Texas, try this local honey. A good friend of mine, Jake Moore, and his family produce it. I trust him and the honey, and it’s very reasonably priced. If you’re unable to get your hands on local honey something like this is great, too. The honey should be raw and unpasteurized for a few reasons.
Pasteurization causes the natural enzymes and probiotics in honey to become inactive. For example, when you put honey in hot tea or coffee, it loses some of its nutritional value. You might be thinking, “enzymes and probiotics are bacteria and that’s what we’re trying to get rid of,” and you’re right — kind of. These are the good kind of bacteria.
Honey has methylglyoxal in it that can get rid of h. pylori, MRSA, and e. coli (all of which are viruses and bacterias), but even though we’re getting rid of bad bacteria by using honey, we have the goal of having bacteria-balanced skin which means it’s important to keep the good. A study at Lund University identified thirteen kinds of good bacteria in raw honey, and showed that the honey was effective in working to get rid of a variety of pathogens.
If you’re willing to spend a bit more, Munuka Honey has been known to specifically heal acne because of the higher concentration of methylglyoxal in the honey.
100% raw honey is not typically found in groceries stores. Most has been heat-processed and has a clearer appearance. In the instance that you do find 100% raw honey at your local grocer, be sure you are familiar with the brand and know exactly what is going into the jar.
Let’s talk about the cleanse:
For 30-days the only thing that goes onto your face (aside from maybe a loose powder) is honey. When you wake up in the morning you’ll wet your face and apply a layer of the honey. For 2-3 minutes rub it in a circular motion around your face, and then rinse it off with warm water. You can use your hands or an extremely soft cloth like this one. If I have the time I’ll leave the honey on my face while I make my coffee, pick out my clothes, etc. and then I’ll rinse.
After rinsing off the honey, pat your face dry and that’s it. Skip the toner, spot treatment, moisturizer, or anything else. If you can go without make up, do it. If you can’t or would rather not, I’d recommend a lose powder. I wear a powder because I won’t go a day without sunscreen. This powder is a natural loose foundation that goes on matte and has SPF 15 in it. It’s my favorite loose powder I’ve tried thus far.
In the evening you’ll do the exact same routine, minus the powder of course. The honey is both anti-bacterial and moisturizing so it hits all the necessary bases.
This continues for 30-days and then additional products can be added to the routine.
After the cleanse:
I will cleanse with honey both morning and evening, exfoliate with one of the masks found here two-three times a week (whenever I wash my hair), and I’ll continue with my under-eye cream and daily make-up.
I plan to leave the honey in my routine just because I’ve seen the benefits and I am convinced it works better than the cleanser-toner-spot treatment combo I was using prior to the cleanse. Essentially, because of all the products I was using simultaneously, I was stripping my skin of all of its natural oils, thus my skin was compensating by producing more oil. Naturally, this clogged pores and caused more acne. Even expensive products and an extensive skin care regime weren’t controlling my breakouts.
Of course diet plays a massive role in our skin’s condition. I am 100% plant-based when I eat at home, but being in the city all the time for class, etc. I eat out a lot and was making excuses for the amount of dairy I was consuming. I stopped with any dairy consumption which initially helped quite a bit, but accompanying a clean diet with a kick-a non-toxic skin care routine ups the ante.
Be sure to take progress photos to see how your skin takes to the honey. If you try the cleanse and it works for you email your before and after photos to Shelby@LilleVandrerenandCo.com. I would love to see your results and share them with those reading!