Why I've started washing my face with honey

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I knew I was onto something when I brought my jar of raw honey up to the checkout at Trader Joe's and the cashier exclaimed, "Oh, I just started washing my face with this!"

That's why I was buying it, too.

I've fully jumped onto the Self Care train that is gaining steam on all corners of the Internet, from hashtags on Instagram to makeup and skincare podcasts, all essentially encouraging you to TREAT YO SELF so you can stay sane. Humans have been practicing self care for centuries, but there is a renewed commitment to making it A Thing, and I am into it.  

(PSA: My main inspiration for this has been Forever 35, a podcast about "the things we do to take care of ourselves," run by two women in L.A. aka my new best friends. It's my favorite way to relax while I'm cooking away in the kitchen.)

I am all about making self-care part of my daily life. In addition to tentatively buying face serums I don't quite know what to do with yet, I have lately been embracing things I normally cook with and using them all over my body.

Today, I'm talking about honey

I first read about washing your face with honey on kaleandcaramel.com, a sweet blog full of natural ways to soothe your skin, your mind and your belly. I was intrigued by what the blogger, Lily Diamond, had to say about the benefits of using honey instead of a face cleanser or soap:

"Honey is a natural antibacterial agent;
Honey is a natural preservative (aka, anti-aging agent);
Honey is both slightly astringent and humectant (moisturizing), helping to regulate the skin’s production of sebum (our skin’s naturally occurring oil);
Honey preserves the skin’s acid mantle and regulates the skin’s pH."

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Then, one of the Forever 35 podcast hosts mentioned she used to wash her face with honey, and I was sold. 

Most honey proponents advise getting a raw honey, which is thicker and more solidified than normal honey. Something local would be ideal, but if you don't have that option, many grocery stores sell raw honey. My favorite part is that it has a little grist to it, so it exfoliates as it cleanses.

I picked up this 16-ounce plastic tub for about $6 at Trader Joe's. My old face cleanser, this Aveeno one suitable for sensitive skin, sells for about the same price, but in a 6-ounce bottle. Score one for honey.

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I'm still in the beginning phases, but so far the results have been glorious. The actual washing process feels amazing: It's silky and smooth and smells delightful (plus, no biggie if it gets on your lips). And it has been very kind to my skin, which leans toward the dry/sensitive side. It now feels smoother than usual. I was worried about getting breakouts, that honey may not work as well as "real" soap. If anything, the opposite has happened.   

Here's what goes down: Every time I take a shower, I set the honey on my bathroom counter. Right before I step in, I unscrew the top and scoop some out with my finger. You only need about a nickel's worth. I wet my face with warm water, then immediately apply the honey, swooshing it around my entire face and neck before rinsing. (You can also try leaving it on for 5 to 10 minutes as more of a mask.)

It's one of the loveliest parts of the my day. 

Anyone else tried honey face washing?