About a month ago, in a desperate attempt to make my hair healthier, I put away my curling iron, straightener, & blow dryer for good and took a vow not to use styling products or shampoo my hair more than two/three times a week.
While I was on Pinterest “researching” haircare techniques, I stumbled upon some yummy natural shampoo recipes…which led me to some a-ma-zing hair masks…which of course led me to facials…which then led me to the most heavenly, and surprisingly effective way to cleanse your face.

Honey. Sticky, gooey, delicious honey.

After one wash I was hooked. In just one week I noticed that my face was a lot softer than usual and almost completely blemish free. A month later, I noticed that my pores overall looked smaller, I had fewer blackheads, and best of all, the scar on my forehead had almost completely vanished. I was shocked – In 1 month, honey healed my scar more than 6 whole months of using what my doctor prescribed to me. 

Not only is honey known to have antibacterial and antiseptic properties, but it’s natural, so it doesn’t contain parabens and other harsh chemicals that are almost always found in commercial cleansers!
Before you buy the first bottle of honey you see at the store, go home, and slab it all over your face…STOP and make sure that it’s raw, natural honey. “Pure” means nothing and any company can put on their label that their product is “all-natural” or “pure”, even if it isn’t. It needs to say “raw”. Raw honey is unprocessed and unfiltered which means it still has tiny amounts of pollen, beeswax, and propolis left over from all those hardworking bees. It’s also free from preservatives and is chalk full of vitamins, minerals, & amino acids.

This month I’m using Honey Gardens Apitherapy Raw Honey. Not only does it taste delicious spread over a slice of toast in the morning, but I’m really happy with the benefits it has provided for my skin.

My morning ritual:
I scoop out a small spoonful of honey, rub it between my fingers to warm it up and get a spreadable consistency, then I massage it all over my face, neck, and chest in circular motions for about 1 minute. I usually let it sit for 5 minutes before hopping in the shower to rinse off, but it’s not necessary. Once you’re in the shower, the honey will melt right off and viola! you’re done, there’s no need to wash again with soap.

If it’s that special time of the month, and I wake up with a few blemishes, I just add a few drops of essential lemon oil or reach in my fridge and grab a lemon, to mix a few drops of juice in with the honey. I personally think that it helps dry up the problem areas really well. Just don’t use too much or the lemon will over-dry your skin.

This is not just for women, I’ve gotten my boyfriend addicted to using honey every morning! When any of you are trying facial cleansers, natural alternatives to them, or using essential oils It’s important to keep in mind that everyone’s skin is unique. Something that works for one person may not always have the same results for you. So experiment, be patient, and have fun with it!