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The Honey Face Wash Insta-Trend For Clearer Skin


In skin care, there are always moments when you wonder whether what you’re doing to your skin is working. And there are moments you feel thrilled because you’ve reached a time when you’re skin is at the clearest and glowiest it’s ever been.

My own ‘aha’ moment came from a simple ingredient – honey, pure raw bees honey, used in the form of a honey face wash! 

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{{ I didn’t expect this many people to respond to this post. I want to help everyone asking what I use and I will make a short video later today explaining what i do. I have a final in like an hour so I’m just tying to study right now. My skin isn’t perfect. But it has come along way and I want to share the progress with everyone}} I just wanted to make a little post about skin because I’ve struggled with mine so much, and i really feel like I need to stop pretending like i haven’t. Especially in the industry I am trying to get into, it can be very deceiving about body image and skin. This is my skin at its worst on the lefts and now on the right. This was a hard time and I was very bothered by it. Didn’t want to leave my room or even have my own parents look at me. I still have scarring left which I am working with a doctor to fix because to be a model you basically need to be “perfect”. Which no one is and I am not claiming to be perfect at all. There are worse things that can happen to you in life than acne. But getting acne takes a really big toll on your life. I’m willing to answer any questions anyone might have. Just needed to get this out there because it is apart of who I am and my story. ( this was really hard to do so please don’t say anything mean 🙃)

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Why The Honey Face Wash?


The honey face wash trend re-ignited when model, Brianna Lopez, shared her cystic acne struggles on Instagram and the transformation to blemish-free skin. Followers were dying to know one thing: how? 

According to the post, Lopez used honey, cinnamon, and turmeric mask, jojoba oil cleanser, lavender oil and raw shea butter. She also takes herbal supplements to treat internal issues commonly linked to cystic acne. 

As we always know in skin care, what works for some doesn’t work for everybody. But as beauty editors we had to try this organic ingredient out and gather a how-to guide for you to try at home – let us know if you get results. 


Benefits Of Washing Your Face With Honey 

Historically, honey has been used by the ancient Romans, Egyptians, and Greeks to treat skin burns and wounds.

In Persian medicine, it was documented as an effective ingredient for the treatment of eczema, wounds, and inflammation while in Ayurvedic medicine it was praised for its ability to treat wounds and cuts, dermatitis, burns, eczema and skin diseases.

Interestingly enough, honey was also used as a skin cleanser by the indigenous people of Africa. Today, science also confirms that honey has skin healing and anti-microbial properties, which make it particularly beneficial for skincare. 

Here are the benefits of honey for skin:

  • Antimicrobial agent: Scientific studies show that honey possesses antimicrobial property as well as wound-healing activity.
  • Hydrating agent: It consists of a high amount of sugars and other substances which pull fluid up via the skin tissues. Its thick consistency keeps the skin hydrated and forms a protective barrier against environmental damage.
  • Tissue repair and skin healing properties: Honey can contribute to tissue repair and enhanced healing as well as reduce wound inflammation. It also lowers the pH of the wound. Its low water activity flushes bacteria out of the scar or wounds while at the same time carries oxygen and healing nutrients into the wounded area.    
  • Rich source of antioxidants: As a source of vitamins, amino acids, minerals, proteins and enzymes, honey has an antioxidant effect. Antioxidants are very important for preventing premature skin aging and keeping the skin healthy and glowing.


How-To Wash Your Face With Honey 

In the first place, it might feel a little intimidating to create and use a honey face cleanser. You might think it is going to be messy and time-consuming. But it’s not just super easy but highly effective, too.


What you will need

  • A small ceramic or glass bowl
  • ½ teaspoon of raw pure honey

Preparation tips

  • Scoop out a teaspoon of honey from the jar
  • Pour the honey into the bowl

What to do

  • Dampen your face with some warm water.
  • Use your fingers to remove the honey from the bowl and apply it to your face. 
  • Spread the honey everywhere (even to the neck) and start massaging the skin in the same way you would do if you were using a facial cleanser. In fact, cleaning the face with honey is even more enjoyable than washing it with a foam cleanser or a plain soap, because the honey slides onto the skin and it smells divine! 
  • If you like, you can leave the honey on the skin like a face mask for a minute or so. I usually brush my teeth during this time.
  • Rinse off the honey with warm water. It washes off very easily and quickly. 
  • Follow up with a moisturizer of your choice. 

Top Tip

If you have makeup on, first remove the makeup with a carrier oil such as jojoba oil. For the eye area I use micellar water. 


When to use 

You can use honey to cleanse your face every morning and evening, especially if your skin is oily, combination or blemish-prone. It all depends on your skin type and life habits. In terms of a routine, you can use it in step-1 of a complete DIY natural skincare routine


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Pros And Cons Of A Honey Face Wash


  • An effective cleanser for all types of skin and especially oily, acne-prone and dry types of skin. 
  • Reduces oiliness, blemishes, skin redness, irritation, acne scars, and dull skin. 
  • Keeps skin smooth and hydrated.
  • Offers a light skin tightening effect.
  • Skin feels fresh and rejuvenated.
  • Easy to use, inexpensive and effective natural skin cleanser.


  • Might be a bit challenging to travel with the honey.
  • Some people may be allergic to honey.
  • Some types of raw honey may be too hard to use, so you might need to warm them slightly before use. 

Final Thoughts On The Honey Face Wash 

Honey face wash might just become one of my favourite skincare staples – it’s a pretty cheap option too. Not to mention, the lovely smell and the feeling of rejuvenation and freshness it offers. It’s affordable and right in your pantry – worth a shot?

Let us know how your skin care journey’s going @kiseu

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