Obviously what we put on our skin is important, but how do we know that our favorite products are good for us when the beauty industry is largely unregulated? Dangerous chemicals like antifreeze are still found in many mainstream moisturizers today. (L’oreal’s Revitalift Daily Volumizing Moisturizer, anyone?) These compounds are not only detrimental to our skin, but also hazardous to the environment. Remember how the California government banned microbeads from facial cleansers in 2015 because the plastic beads were being found in our fish? Well, what happens to all the unpronounceable chemicals we wash down the drain daily? Not to mention the absurd amounts of unnecessary packaging that ends up in our landfills.
Yo honey, what’s good?
In an effort to pamper my skin as well as decrease my eco-footprint, I switched to a honey cleanser. Honey is 100% natural and packed with vitamins, antioxidants, and enzymes that nourish the skin. With antibacterial and moisturizing properties, this liquid gold has been used to heal wounds since ancient Egyptian times. Rumor has it that Cleopatra bathed in honey and even slept with a golden mask.
If it’s good enough for Cleopatra, it’s good enough for me! Make sure to buy raw, unfiltered honey. I get mine in a glass mason jar, which can be repurposed or recycled, from either Sprouts or Trader Joes.
Honey, how do I do this?
Since it’s so gentle and nourishing, you can use honey as a cleanser both day and night. First, generously spread the honey all over in circular motions. It’s easier to wet the face first so that the honey doesn’t pull on the skin as you’re massaging it in. Then, let it sit and work it’s magic. I usually go pee, brush my teeth, put in my contacts, pick out my outfit, maybe make a cup of tea, or do yoga (kudos if you wake up early enough to do all that). Lastly, rinse thoroughly. Although your skin will feel extra soft, it’s still a good idea to follow up with a moisturizer.
Honey, what’s wrong?
To be fair, honey is definitely a sticky mess. When I first started, I’d get it in my baby hairs and the honey would dribble down my wrists to my elbows as I rinsed. It gets easier and cleaner over time, I promise. My biggest gripe is that honey does not remove makeup. I have to properly remove my makeup first before following up with the quick honey mask. Another big con is that honey doesn’t exfoliate your skin either. I still have some brightening wipes that exfoliate with kojic acid, but I will definitely be experimenting with more eco-friendly alternative once I finish those.
Honey, I still love you!
There’s no competition – the pros definitely outweigh the cons. Since switching over to honey a week ago, my skin is so soft. My dry patches and eczema are slowly disappearing, which is short of a miracle this dry winter. I haven’t seen a difference in my acne yet, but it hasn’t caused any breakouts, so I’m hopeful due to the honey’s antibacterial properties.