How to Wash Your Face with Honey

Honey Face Wash

I’ve gotten a few questions about how I wash my face with honey, so today I’m going to share my very simple method for washing with honey. There are a lot of different variations on this basic method–this is what works for me. Feel free to experiment to find out what works best for you.

Why Wash Your Face with Honey?

First off, though, you might be wondering why you’d even want to wash your face with honey. Perhaps the number one reason is what honey isn’t–it’s not a harsh commercial cleanser full of toxic chemicals that you don’t want your body absorbing. On the contrary, honey is a completely natural product that is full of great things for your skin. Raw honey has natural antibacterial and healing properties, and it does a wonderful job of cleaning your skin without stripping away your skin’s natural oils. I love the way that my skin feels after washing with honey.

What Honey Should You Use?

I first started using manuka honey for washing my face. Since manuka honey has particularly potent antibacterial and healing qualities, it’s supposed to be especially good for skin conditions like acne. Because of these properties, however, it is also quite expensive. When I would run out of manuka honey, I would use my regular raw honey until my new shipment arrived. I never noticed a big difference in how my skin reacted to the manuka honey versus just the raw honey, so eventually I just switched over to only the raw honey. If you can handle the cost of the manuka honey, I do think it’s worth trying it for yourself, though, to see if it makes any difference for you. (I used this manuka honey.)

If you decide to just use raw honey, look for raw honey that hasn’t been filtered or heated to high temperatures. You can get this type of honey from a local beekeeper, in some health food stores, or purchase it online. Personally I usually buy this honey online. I use it for cooking and for my facial washes!

How to Wash Your Face with Honey

Here’s how I wash my face with honey. Again, feel free to experiment to see what works best for you.

First pull your hair back away from your face. (Getting honey in your hair will make it very sticky!) Wash your hands, then dip your clean hands into your honey jar or whatever other receptacle you’re using to store your honey. Spread a thin layer of honey all over your dry face. Depending on how thick your honey is, this may be somewhere between a teaspoon or two. Actual amount is not that important, just make sure that all of your face is covered with honey. If your honey is particularly thick, you can add a little bit of water to help it spread easier. (To make it easier to spread the next time, you may also want to liquify it by gently warming it in some water on your stovetop before you try applying it again.)

After you’ve applied your honey, you want to let it sit on your face for a while. When I haven’t left myself much time, I’ll often only let it sit for five minutes or so. Put the honey on before brushing your teeth, then you can brush your teeth, floss, and do whatever else you need to do before you rinse off the honey. When I have more time, though, I like to let the honey rest on my face for more like twenty minutes. If I get busy with something, I will sometimes leave it on for an hour or more. I have never noticed that my skin suffers from long application–if anything, I think it particularly enjoys the longer treatments. I recommend experimenting to see what length of time you prefer. Unless you’re sweating or it’s particularly hot, the honey should just sit on your face without dripping, so for the most part you should just be able to go about your normal activities while the honey is on your face.

When you decide it’s time to remove the honey from your face, simply rinse your face with warm water. The honey will easily come off your skin without leaving any sticky residue behind. After rinsing, gently pat your skin dry with a towel.

You can follow your honey face wash with your normal toning and/or moisturizing routine. You may want to wait and see whether your skin actually needs as much moisturizing as normal, though; personally I find that washing with honey has meant that I needed much less moisturizing than when I was using other facial cleaners.

Will Honey Face Washes Cure Acne?

Washing your face with honey is often touted as a remedy for acne. This is actually why I originally got into honey face washing. Everyone’s experience is going to be different, of course, but for me I found that the honey didn’t make any noticeable difference in my acne. I’m pretty sure that most–if not all–of my acne is due to internal issues, however, and I have never noticed much improvement with topical skin care changes I made.

If your acne is caused or exacerbated by the way that you are cleaning your skin, however, I do believe that switching to washing your face with honey could improve your acne. Gently washing your face can only do good things for your skin. This is why I stuck with honey face washing even though it didn’t make any noticeable difference in my acne–my skin just felt so good afterwards that I knew it was probably doing good things even if they weren’t all that obvious in terms of breakouts.

Have you tried washing your face with honey?

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16 Responses to How to Wash Your Face with Honey

  1. Courtney says:

    I’ve recently started washing my face with coconut oil (olive oil a few times when I ran out) with great results. Ever tried it?
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  2. Kerry says:

    I’ve been washing my face with honey and sugar. The sugar is a wonderful exfoliant. My sister-in -law does that and adds oatmeal to moisturize.

  3. Stef says:

    I use honey and baking soda about every other day and I use coconut oil to wash my face daily! I love them all!

  4. Sandra says:

    I have washed with honey for about a month now and have seen a remarkable difference in texture and moisture.

    I was using coconut oil before that but not matter what, my skin stayed dry. No more with the raw honey.

    • Deborah says:

      This is my experience, too. I washed and moisturized with jojoba, but this left my skin feeling dry after a few hours. I now wash with honey and a few drops of jojoba, then moisturize with jojoba and a drop or two of honey. My skin has never felt, nor has it ever look better!

  5. Kelly says:

    I use a mixture of coconut oil and honey! If I do it in a hot bath, I sometimes do have it drip off. But I’ve never done as long as an hour with just honey. I’m going to try it!

  6. Maddy says:

    If you haven’t already tried the oil cleansing method, I highly recommend it! A 50/50 ratio of castor oil & jojoba oil with a drop or two of lavender essential oil works BEAUTIFULLY on my skin. I have super sensitive combination skin, and this has never, ever, ever left my skin anything other than soft, clean, and soothed. :) I’ve heard some people can use coconut oil; I’m not one of them. It makes me break out and leaves my skin flaky. I can use avocado oil, but jojoba oil is really ideal for my skin. I’d maybe do 50/40/10 castor/jojoba/avocado if I wanted a super hydrating treat. It’s more like a cleansing, soothing facial than it is a face wash. Oh, and a teeny tiny bit of shea butter makes a PHENOMENAL facial moisturizer – you wouldn’t think it, but it doesn’t clog pores! I usually warm a tiny bit up in my hands with a few drops of my OCM blend, then gently tap it onto my skin where needed.

    http://www.crunchybetty.com/nitty-gritty-on-the-oil-cleansing-method

    http://www.crunchybetty.com/trying-and-troubleshooting-the-oil-cleansing-method-tips-for-flawless-oil-cleansed-skin

    ^The BEST collection of info and tips regarding OCM that I’ve ever found. :)

  7. Rea says:

    I have been washing my face with raw honey for over a year now. I wish I would have know about it years ago as I would have saved myself a lot of money on products I have bought over the years. I buy the Whole Foods Brand of raw honey – 365 Organic Raw Honey. It has a consistency to it that feels like a scrub. It works so well to exfoliate your skin at the same time you are washing it.

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  9. elif says:

    Hi, I would like to know about the recommended frequency for this honey wash, should we do it daily for example? Thanks

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