Believe me when I tell you that the oil-cleansing method is enough as a standalone face cleanser, and the baking soda method is just perfect for exfoliating that stubborn T-zone; but for some extra moisturizing and all-around exfoliating, I like to do a morning wash with honey at least once or twice a week (or whenever I remember). I first heard about this idea from Crunchy Betty, and I was immediately intrigued. She even has a cute video on her site showing how she uses honey to wash her face.
Honey Mask & Scrub
Then, a few months ago, on Tiny Tip Tuesday, Heather at In God’s Economy shared a wonderful post about how she uses honey mixed with baking soda to create an exfoliating face mask! I loved this idea so much that I went and tried it right away – I love it! Here’s how I use honey as a mask/scrub in the mornings, about once a week:
- Start with a dry face. Put honey and baking soda in your palm and rub palms together for a few seconds to warm up the honey and work in the baking soda.
- Gently apply the honey mixture to your face, and massage it in for a minute or so.
- If you want to use it as a mask, just leave it on for 5-10 minutes.
- Rinse your face a few times with warm water, or wipe off gently with a warm, wet wash cloth. You'll be surprised how easily it comes off!
- Since baking soda is alkaline, you may want to tone your face afterwards with some raw apple cider vinegar to restore your skins pH level.
What Are The Benefits?
- Honey has natural anti-bacterial properties and has been used for centuries as an effective skin treatment.
- Baking soda is a gentle exfoliant and helps remove dead skin cells without causing too much irritation.
- Raw honey is best because it still contains all the natural enzymes and health benefits. You can find it at all health food stores – just look for “raw” or “pure” on the label. Pasteurized honey (the clear, liquid-y kind you’ll find at the supermarket) has been heated at high temperatures, and is essentially devoid of all the good bacterial enzymes that make honey good for you – please don’t buy that stuff! Crunchy Betty also has a useful honey guide you can check out.
- According to Heather, “if you let the baking soda and honey mixture sit for a few minutes in a bowl before you use it, it will foam up ever so slightly and feels really nice on your face.”
- This will NOT remove makeup, so make sure you’re using this on a clean face, first thing in the morning. (The oil cleansing method is really great for removing makeup!
- If you are allergic to baking soda (or have sensitive skin), your skin may become irritated and red after using baking soda. Please take extra precaution, and stop using it immediately if you feel you are damaging your skin.
What homemade, natural products are included in your skin care routine? I’d love to hear about your experiences with all-natural skin care!