Step up your natural beauty game with honey.

“You wash your face with honey?!”

Yup. I have been doing so for years now. It amazes me how much this still shocks people. I get it – skin care is something we don’t like to play around with. We will spend huge sums of money on the possibility that our skin might remain ‘youthful’, ‘clear’, ‘smooth’, etc. I subscribed to this logic, until my wallet and conscience forced me to re-evaluate.

Full disclosure: I can’t imagine washing my face with anything other than honey. It sticks, and I don’t mean that in the literal sense.

The types of honey I suggest using are raw (white, unheated) or manuka. I’ve used both for long periods of time, and can say with authority that they are effective and can be used daily. Personally, I prefer raw honey; it has bits of pollen in it, which does a lovely job of lightly exfoliating skin without causing skin irritation. Alternatively, manuka honey has given my skin a more radiant glow. Both types are relatively inexpensive when compared to name-brand cleansers: I’ve seen raw honey starting at $6 and manuka at around $20. Further, a jar of honey lasts months. I’ve been using my current batch since November, and I wash 2-3 times per day. I’m only halfway through.

The best part about honey as skincare is how low-maintenance it is. Simply scoop it into your hands and rub it between them to warm it up, apply it all over your face and neck, and rinse off with warm water. No muss, no fuss. You can keep the honey on as long as you like. I try for 5 minutes each day; if you have time to go longer, do it. It is not harsh, so you can use it as many times a day as you like.

I spread the word of honey to everyone. I can count on one hand how many blemishes I’ve had since I’ve started to use it, and, as I’ve mentioned, I’ve been on the honey face wash train for years. Plus, it doesn’t hurt to know that your face has that added charm of sweetness.

It’s time to wash and glow.


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Jessica Zita

Jessica maintains a balanced lifestyle through her vegetarianism (with a view to one day being completely vegan), chemical-free beauty regime, and efforts to remain gluten free – all under the umbrella of sustainability. Always a work in progress, follow as she continues to improve her lifestyle and shares lessons along the way.

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