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2 honey face wash recipes to soothe and clear

I wash my face with honey,
I’ve done it all my life.
It makes my lips taste yummy,
And it keeps my skin real nice.

Okay, I haven’t washed my face with honey all my life, but I wish I had. It would’ve saved me a lot of angst in the years I battled acne and eczema. So, if this little post can help you feel a bit more comfortable in your skin, it’d make me a very, very happy lady.

Tea tree honey face wash detailI think honey is magical. But I also think bees are magical. When I was a kid, I used to love visiting my grandfather’s hives and watching the rhythm of the bees. Their air conditioning strategy always impressed me the most. On hot days, the bees hung off one another to create a curtain below the hive, whilst flapping to cool the hive. Magical.

Honey is an amazing skin healer and yup, honey face wash is sticky, but the benefits are worth it. You do need to be careful about what honey you use, but I’ll get into that later. Let’s talk about face wash options first, so you know you’re on the right track with cleansing.

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What should you wash your face with?

I want to say it now – let’s all give up on foaming cleansers. I did share a foaming face wash recipe with pretty pictures after a lot of people asked for it, because I wanted to offer a better alternative, but…

I said it then and I’m saying it even louder now, foaming stuff is too alkaline for the facial skin and we need to look after our precious acid mantle. It’s the thing that protects us and when it goes, we have problems – anything from breakouts to extreme dryness and itchiness. If we’re suffering problems, we need to work to get the balance back, not make matters worse and honey is slightly acidic, which our skin likes.Honey Face Wash | Blah Blah Magazine

Below are two options for honey face wash: the soothing honey with chamomile blend, which can be helpful for those with sensitive skin and the clearing option for those with breakouts and pimples, as the honey is boosted with tea tree.

If you’re in the midst of a monumental battle with eczema or acne, then there’s a very good chance that using honey face wash morning and night will help. It doesn’t remove make up, so you’ll need to wash with something like this milk make up remover or oil cleansing method first.

If you’re pretty happy, but have the odd breakout or patch of itchiness, then using honey in the morning and one of the below cleansers at night time should help keep things ship-shape. Except if you have a honey allergy, then I’d skip the honey altogether and head straight to these other options, morning and night.

Face wash options

Face wash for rebalancing oily skin
Oil cleansing method for ‘normal’ skin
Sensitive and dry skin oatmeal face wash
Milk face wash for the well lived and loved

And always follow up with a toner, like this green tea toner for rebalancing or rose water for nourishment and hydration.

Honey, honey

To get the benefits, you’ll need to use raw, unpasteurised, unfiltered or manuka honey, because a lot of honey (even the ones that say ‘all natural’) is heat treated and this seems to take a lot of the nutrients, enzymes and probiotics away. It is the antibacterial properties that are believed to give it the power to cleanse and heal the skin without stripping

Manuka is the queen bee of the honey world. It is harvested from bees that collect pollen from tea tree plants and is thought to have superior antibacterial and healing properties, however it is more expensive.

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Clearing Honey Face Wash
An antibacterial and healing face wash to assist with breakouts
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Ingredients
  1. ½ cup raw, unpasturised or manuka honey
  2. 2 drops tea tree essential oil
Instructions
  1. Mix well in a sterile jar.
  2. Label with ingredients and date.
  3. Store out of direct sunlight.
  4. Test on a discrete spot before use to test for allergy.
To use
  1. Take about 1/2 teaspoon of the honey on your fingers.
  2. Warm it between your fingers.
  3. Add a few drops of water if needed to make a spreadable consistency.
  4. Smooth it on in gentle circles (on a make up free face).
  5. Rinse off with warm water and pat your face dry.
  6. If you have time, you’ll get the best results by leaving on for an extra 5 minutes before rinsing (I leave it on while I’m brushing my teeth).
  7. Finish with toner, moisturiser and eye cream.
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Soothing Honey Face Wash
A soothing and healing face wash to help irritated skin.
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Ingredients
  1. ½ cup raw, unpasturised or manuka honey
  2. 1 teaspoon chamomile tea, crushed into a fine powder
Instructions
  1. Mix honey and tea well in a sterile jar.
  2. Label with ingredients and date.
  3. Store in jar for at least 2 days before using.
  4. Test on a discrete spot before use to test for allergy
To use
  1. Take about 1/2 teaspoon of the honey on your fingers.
  2. Warm it between your fingers.
  3. Add a few drops of water if needed to make a spreadable consistency.
  4. Smooth it on in gentle circles (on a make up free face).
  5. Rinse off with warm water and pat your face dry.
  6. If you have time, you’ll get the best results by leaving the thin layer of honey on for at least 5 minutes before rinsing (I leave it on while I’m brushing my teeth).
  7. Finish with toner, moisturiser and eye cream.
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27 comments

  1. I suffer from terrible psoriasis and have used honey to sooty it for years. It’s the only thing that works – a honey mask and a bit of sunlight. It’s so delicious too!! x

  2. I have a bit of raw honey, I might try this on my 12 year old. I have no idea where to buy more though! This lot was a gift!

  3. Your headlines always grab me Bele! Love honey, I wash my hair in honey and apple cider vinegar (not every wash but maybe every second). It does make my hair a little honey coloured so I don’t use it every wash but still I love how it makes my hair feel. On my last visit to the hairdressers I didn’t need any of my ends trimmed which never happens over a Brisbane summer. Honey is the best! Have never tried it on my face but def will give it a go – Thanks so much for the recipe! X

  4. You know I probably only wash my face with anything other than water about 4 times a week, and that is morning and night! How bad is that. And yes a cleanser but an organic, thingee. I just don’t really do face stuff, I feel that things should come out not go in! xxx

  5. I have sensitive skin, plus I have all these ingredients handy, I’ll be giving this a try, thanks Bele x

  6. I might have to give this a whirl but only if I can resist the urge to do tongue gymnastics and try and lick my own face (because honey is so yummy!) I know this might be a silly question, but does the honey have to be the clear, runny kind? The raw honey I have is opaque and quite dense.

    • The dense honey is fine, just scoop a bit off and soften it in water as you’re applying it. Raw honey seems to be more variable in it’s consistency, I think it can depend on the seasons, but don’t quote me on that! No harm in sampling a bit while you’re washing x

  7. You are so clever Bele! I love the sound of the clearing face wash – exactly what I need at the moment. Like Sammie commented above, the hard part will be not licking my face!

  8. I love this! I am definitely going to try it.
    I always struggle to know what to wash my face with.
    xo

  9. I am a huge fan of Manuka honey. It healed an ulcerated scar on my foot following surgery that no other antibiotics or medicinal creams could nail. I would definitely give this a go xx

  10. Um, yum!!! My skin is looking pretty dang at the moment, so I’m going to give this a try. And then pop some manuka on my toast for breakfast. WIN WIN WIN!

  11. I’m a little bit in love with bees at the moment. I’ve enlisted hubby to help make a bee hotel 🙂 so this is right up my street right now. Bookmarking the page so I can come back and make one of these. Thank you xx

  12. This is great. I did a homemade face mask with my girls a couple of weekends ago and it had honey in it and felt great. Keen to give one of these a go!

  13. This sounds wonderful! I had no idea Honey was good for you in this kind of way. Your photos are amazing by the way 🙂 Totally giving this recipe a try. x

  14. Honey is just such a wonderful thing isnt it… yummy on toast… awesome for your face lol!!! So versatile. Love your GORGEOUS photos and these clever recipes. I’m slowly making the move from the supermarket face washes into more natural ones! Will definitely be trying this!

  15. Recently I’m getting breakouts and because the weather is changing a lot, my skin is extremely sensitive. I’ve tried using honey as a face mask before and it worked great. Honey face wash is a very good idea! I’ll try it out. Your photos look amazing!

  16. Hi, thank you for the recipe !
    What’s the shelf life of Clearing Honey Face Wash?

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