Honey can be incorporated into skin care in a number of ways. This tutorial covers the following:
WASHING WITH HONEY
MASKING WITH HONEY
SPOT TREATING INFLAMMATION (ECZEMA, ACNE, ITCH, SENSITIVITIES)
HOW TO MAKE A MASK WITH MY POWDERED MASKING GRAINS
I recently completed my first article in a series dedicated to how honey benefits our skin. I am consolidating 25 pages of research into a readable series of articles starting here:
COMING SOON TO MY ONLINE STORE!
I will be offering my newly launched HERB INFUSED HONEY CLEANSERS AND MASK FORMULAS, along with my new MASKING POWDERS here soon.
They are available in my boutique in Crested Butte now. Until then , feel free to reach out to me and I will send you some!
WASHING WITH HONEY
If you are expecting a sticky mess the first you time try this, you are in for a big surprise!
Honey is 100% water soluble and will dissolve on contact with warm water.
Any good quality raw honey can be used for this purpose of cleansing.
STEP BY STEP (plus tips and tricks)
Splash your face with warm water.
Scoop about 2 teaspoons of good quality raw honey into your warm wet palms. Rub them together for a few second - the honey will quickly dissolve.
Now briskly “wash” your face like you would with a cleanser or soap.
Rinse with warm water.
After you have splashed and wiped with a warm, soft cloth you might feel a bit of a slight residue from the honey. This feeling will go away shortly.
Pat dry. Go on to your next step: tone, moisturize etc.
Tips & Tricks
I often get asked how I personally incorporate honey into my skin care routine ….
After cleansing with honey following the steps above, I pat dry then I spritz with the Hydrosol Toner, let that soak in a second then apply a few squirts of Dew Drops.
If it is morning, I apply a mineral sunscreen and rub it in well while the Dew Drops is still tacky. (Once dry Dew Drops by itself leaves a really nice surface feel with no greasiness at all, perfect for makeup).
If it is end of the day, I add a few drops of a facial oil blend (instead of the sunscreen) on top of the Dew Drops, and let it all soak in. I am generous with the oils at night as they are super nourishing and I don’t mind the extra emolliency at night just make sure you give your skin some time to soak it all in before you hit the pillow.
Honey is a solvent and can dissolve debris and grime on our skin, it is not that great at it unless it has time to sit on the skin. So for best results, skin needs to be relatively clean prior to washing with honey.
The best way to remove mineral sunscreen and makeup is with Oil Cleansing; cleanse with oil then a second time with honey.
Honey is quite acidic and can assist in our efforts to maintain a healthy, strong, intact, Acid Mantel, helping restore it after washing/bathing. A quick honey wash at the end of any cleansing routine; helps to quickly reset the skin’s slightly acidic pH.
My personal favorite time for my honey wash is in the morning. My face is “clean” so I just need to freshen up.
HOW TO USE HONEY AS A MASK
Deep, lasting benefits are achieved with honey by making a weekly habit of incorporating a honey mask into your routine.
The LONG LONG LONG list of skin types and issues which benefit from this practice include: atopic dermatitis (eczema), rosacea, psoriasis, itchy dry or irritable skin, and all forms of acne.
Those of us who have had a lot of birthdays (I’ve had 53 of them) will discover that honey masks really do help soften the skin, improve skin texture and restore tired, dull skin craving rejuvenation, and greatly improve long term skin hydration.
Those with problem skin and mature skin, benefit the most by this practice but even those with perfect skin should notice results!
FULL FACE 20-30 MINUTE HONEY MASK INSTRUCTIONS
#1 SIMPLE HONEY MASK
Honey masks can be as simple as a applying a layer of pure, honey to warm, damp skin, massaging in for a moment as it dissolves. Let it soak in for about at 10 minutes, 30 minutes is better.
An optional step to increase hydration by spritzing with distilled water or better yet, hydrosol water a few times during your mask.
Simply rinse well with warm water and rub your face with your hands to remove. Done.
One thing to note about honey masking is that it can slowly migrate down as it warms on your face - so take note that when applied on your forehead.
#2 READY TO UP YOUR MASKING GAME? Keep reading :)
The following instructions can be used to prepare a mask with your own blend of dry ingredients, or with my Powdered Masking Grains (available on line soon, you can purchase them in my store now)
Increase the nutrient density of your honey mask with botanical ingredients (powdered herbs), yogurt or buttermilk powder, powdered sugar, aloe powder, coconut, almond, rice or oat flour! Minerals are vital for skin health, add things like sea salt salt, magnesium sulfate, zinc oxide. In addition to the honey liquids like aloe juice or gel, yogurt, kefir, or almond milk provide even more “skin food”. Glycerin is a another amazing addition! I rarely make a mask without adding some moisturizing glycerin to the mixture.
My Powdered Masking Grains are a short cut to creating your own powder blend. I concoct my dry powder blend with with zinc oxide, aloe powder, MSM (MethylSulfonylMethane is organic sulphur), cold water seaweed, acidophilus, silk peptides, powder sugar and powdered herbs such as lavender, plantago, rose, calendula, and comfrey, targeted for skin type (Acne prone, Mature, and a blend for sensitive skin (those with very dry skin, eczema).
TIPS: Anytime you mask with really anything at all (clays, super foods, minerals etc) adding moisture during the mask time - misting with a hydrosol or massaging in some warm water on finger tips - increases the hydration factor of your honey mask.
Personally, I spritz with the hydrosol a few times, massage it in with my fingers, then let it soak in before doing that again. Or I just spritz and skip massaging.
STEP BY STEP:
When making your mask, the ratios of ingredients are subjective - you are working to create a spreadable paste that suits your preference. Make adjustments as you see fit.
Put about 1-2 tablespoons of honey in a small bowl
Add maybe 1-2 teaspoons of powdered ingredients (see above for ideas).
You will want to also add a few drops of a liquid (see above). Some will like the paste thin, others like the paste much thicker. Add more honey, powder or liquid to get to the consistency you like. Then add a little more honey!!
Apply the mask mixture to warm damp skin, or after spritzing with hydrosol. This moisture will help spread the mask and add hydration.
Keep the mask moist.Spritz with water or hydrosol a few times over the masking time (I like to spritz then massage for a moment) Or with wet fingers, massage your some wetness in.
Rinse off in 15-20 minutes. Rinse with warm water and scrub with your wet hands for a moment then wipe with a warm wet washcloth. Rinse and pat dry. Don’t wash
Follow up with a quick brisk wash with just honey.
If you have some mask left over, put it in a small clean lidded jar and stash in the fridge. Use it to spot treat trouble spots or dry patches. Use it up within the next week to 10 days then discard any remaining.
HOW TO SPOT TREAT WITH HONEY
STEP BY STEP:
Spot treating provides many beneficial compounds and space for the skin to heal more quickly without needing to do a complete mask. In those with acne, faster healing reduces the chance of scarring. There is ample evidence that treating inflamed areas with honey (especially medicinal Manuka, Kanuka, or buckwheat honey) soothes irritation, redness and swelling.
It is best to spot treat areas of your face when it’s clean and a little damp. So right after cleansing is a good time. Clean your face then pat dry.
Simply apply a small amount to the area with a clean finger.
Allow the honey to soak in for 20-30 minutes to get the most benefit - resist touching the area during and after the treatment.
Splash and wipe gently with a clean wash cloth to remove the honey.
There might be a slight feeling of residue - that is normal and will quickly absorb.
Curious?? I hope you just love using honey on your skin and get great results with my techniques, tips and tricks.
If you have questions please contact me anytime!
If you are curious about how and why honey benefits our skin i hope you’ll check out my latest article …
WHY ONE WHOLE MONTH?
A complete turnover of the skin cells takes about 20-40 days! The younger you are the faster your skin completes a turnover. As we age this process slows. We can not determine the efficacy of any change in the routine until this process is complete.
Most of us want immediate results, some results achieved when first starting to include honey into your routine come very quickly - you might even notice improvements right away! Long term healing support will take longer.
I promise that in most cases, if you stick with it for 2 months (cleanse with honey regularly and perform just one Simple Honey Mask once a week) you’ll notice improvements.