6 Ways to Use Your Honey Cleanser
If you've attended one of my workshops on natural skincare, then you've learned how to make a Honey Cleanser for cleansing your skin. Honey Cleansers were the most popular item in my Actually Natural Skincare line. The reason is quite simple. Honey is magic for your face! Not only do these Honey Cleansers smell heavenly and have a rich, beautiful color, but they cleanse without any perfumes, dyes, or synthetic ingredients.
Raw honey just by itself is great for your skin, and has been used in skincare for thousands of years. Honey is known for being:
Unless you're allergic, honey is good for all skin types and can help with many troublesome skin conditions, including chronic acne.
Not only do Honey Cleansers smell heavenly and have a rich, beautiful color, but they cleanse without any perfumes, dyes, or synthetic ingredients.
I use herbs to enhance the already fantastic properties of raw honey. Washing your face, however, is not the only thing that you can use these versatile honeys for. Here are 6 more ways that you can use your jar of Honey Cleanser.
As a Facial Cleanser
This is the original use for Honey Cleanser, and remains its biggest role. It's super easy to use. Start by wetting your face down. Then apply just enough of the Honey Cleanser to form a thin layer over your face. A little goes a long way. Wash off gently with warm water and a wash cloth. That's it! Your face will feel soft and silky. Finish off with a toner if you wish and a moisturizing facial oil blend.
As a Spot Treatment
Got acne? Honey's soothing, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties make it a good spot treatment for zits. Just dab a little onto each blemish, leave on for at least 5 minutes, and gently rinse off. You can even add a drop of tea tree oil if you want a stronger spot treatment, but you may wish to make this mixture in a separate bowl so as not to alter your honey.
As a Face Mask
You can use honey as a stand-alone face mask by simply not washing it off right away. Leave it sitting on your face for about 15 minutes, and then wash off. You can also add a teaspoon to any clay mask to enhance its effects! As with the spot treatment, add the honey to your mask once you've prepared it in a separate bowl. Do not introduce foreign ingredients into product jars. Never a good idea.
As a Hair Treatment
Honey loves hair. You can add a tiny amount to your shampoo before washing, or combine with oil in a 1:1 ratio to make a hair treatment. Good oils for your hair include olive, avocado, hemp seed and castor. Add a few drops of your favorite, skin friendly essential oil (lavender or tea tree oil come to mind), rub that all through your hair and scalp. On with the tacky shower cap, and leave the hair treatment in for at least an hour, longer if you can. Shampoo out. The oil content may necessitate two washes.
Honey in Your Bath
Don't neglect the rest of your body! You add can some Honey Cleanser to your bathwater to take advantage of its moisturizing properties. The amount depends greatly on the size of your tub, but standard sizes will probably do fine with a couple of tablespoons. Needless to say, you'll certainly go through your Honey Cleanser quickly if you choose to use it in the bath too often! You can actually use just straight up honey for this task if you wish. That's probably the more economical choice.
As a Healing Assist
Studies support the use of honey for its healing properties. You can try applying a small amount directly onto minor burns, rashes, and even minor cuts, taking advantage of honey's antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. You can add a little to herbal poultices, or in the case of burns mix with aloe vera gel (maybe a 1:2 ratio honey to gel). Honey is a wonderful product by itself, but learning a few ways to use it in conjunction with healing plants can come in very handy.
These are just a few suggestions on how you might make the best use of your Honey Cleanser, though no one will fault you for selfishly reserving yours just for your face!
I'm Jennifer Capestany, a clinical herbalist and freelance writer with a practice in North Texas. Helping people deal as naturally as possible with rheumatoid arthritis, chronic illness and other chronic conditions is my calling.