Okay, so after yesterday's conversation about eco friendly facial cleansers and Amber mentioning that she washes her face with honey, I had to do some research because, frankly, it sounded totally nuts. How in the world can your face get clean with something so darn sticky as honey?
Well, I found a huge, HUGE, thread on Mothering about washing your face with honey and I was somewhat convinced by the testimonials. Being totally dubious about it's efficacy, I read on. For those who have oily skin, they would mix in a little baking soda, but that sounded too drying. And for those who wanted a little exfoliating action, some would mix in some brown sugar or dissolved aspirin. And many used coconut oil as a moisturizer. So, being the human guinea pig that I am, I threw caution to the wind and gave it a try last night.
I was mostly concerned with its makeup removal abilities, so I used a clear liquid makeup remover on my eyes and then washed my face with a mixture of honey and brown sugar. My initial impressions are that I must have used too much brown sugar because it was pretty damn scratchy so next time I'll dial it back a bunch. The honey was really sticky but I was able to spread it. The whole concoction smelled deelicious and I didn't have to worry about whether or not it was toxic and whether or not it was stripping my skin.
But did it work? On my greasy skin? That was extra sweaty and gross from doing a ton of gardening on a hot afternoon? Hell, yeah, it did. And I was totally surprised because I was expecting it to be a sticky mess. My skin felt totally smooth and non-oily. As a follow-up, I applied coconut oil (that I use for soap making and lotions and whatnot) to the areas around my eyes, mouth and cheeks that tend to get dry. I was expecting that to be totally greasy, but it wasn't. The oil absorbed really quickly.
Of course, this is the result after one mere application, but if things keep up, I'll be hooked. I'm always very concerned about the crap I put on my face but rather unwilling to run around looking like a giant zitty greaseball. I'm also concerned about my aging skin and use anti-aging products that do who knows what to me internally. My mom always used straight up vitamin E from a capsule and she looks about 15 years younger than she is (although I'd have to chalk that up to good genetics), but maybe I'll have to try that as well since it's an antioxidant. I'll wait and see. And hopefully I won't have to give up like my ill-fated no-poo experiment.
Anyway, I'll keep you posted on my progress! Has anyone else heard of this or tried it?