Honey: single-ingredient natural skincare

I started experimenting with natural skincare some months back. Except for one unfortunate misfire I will not get into right now, I have to say that it’s been a revelation. And it’s helped to:

  • reduce clutter on my bathroom shelf as natural skincare is often multi-purpose,
  • avoid the synthetic ingredients and plastic packaging of so many commercial products,
  • not participate in the mass anxiety created by giant beauty corporations, like when they tell us that without their patented potion, we will look ancient.

I would like to add that I have no problem looking ancient. It’s far more important not to feel ancient.

‘Winnie-the-Pooh looked round to see that nobody was listening, put his paw to his mouth, and said in a deep whisper: “Honey!”’ — from Winnie-the-Pooh by AA Milne

My living in London had wilted me in spirit and skin. After reading Dawn Michelle’s post about raw honey being a healing face wash, I began using it as a cleanser.

One morning, just after I’d applied it, the phone rang and it was a call I couldn’t postpone so I talked away for 15 minutes with the honey still on my face.

When I went to wash it off – well, only good things happened. The skin on my face looked brighter. The hyperpigmentation appeared less obvious. It felt smoother. I didn’t need to moisturise it afterwards. All this in 15 minutes!

Now, I try to do the honey mask a couple of times a week, though it’s fine to do it daily.

One caveat: processed/pasteurised/heated honey (i.e. what is generally available on most supermarket shelves) do not offer the same benefits, alas. Raw is what works best.

The only reason to avoid honey is if you’re allergic to it, although I’m allergic to everything and I don’t react to this, or if you’re vegan (sorry, vegans).

There are many reasons to love raw honey, including:

  •  it’s antimicrobial, anti-viral and anti-fungal,
  •  it works well on all skin types,
  • there’s no need to worry if it accidentally drips into the mouth,
  • it’s a single-ingredient wonder; I’m happy to try anything that doesn’t involve faffing around with a recipe,
  • it’s economical, given that only half a teaspoon is needed at a time, and the number of items it replaces: cleanser, mask, spot treatment.

It’s very, very funny
‘Cos I know I had some honey
‘Cos it had a label on,
Saying HUNNY.
— from Winnie-the-Pooh by AA Milne

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