The other day on twitter I had a reader tweet me telling me all about washing her face with honey. She did a honey challenge from the Crunchy Betty site, and said her skin has been amazing since! If you’ve been up to date with my blog posts you will know that I’ve been doing a lot of research on skin and how to keep it clear without using products made with a lot of chemicals, preservatives and other nasty ingredients. This was a no-brainer, I had to give this a shot. There is one catch, it needs to be RAW honey.
4 WAYS TO SPOT ARTIFICIAL HONEY
1. The Thumb Test
Put a drop of the honey on your thumb. If it spreads around right away or spills, it’s not pure. If it stays intact, it’s pure.
2. The Water Test
Fill a glass of water and add one tablespoon of “honey” into the water. Pure honey will lump and settle at bottom of glass. Adulterated and artificial honey will start dissolving in water.
3. The Shelf Life Test
Pure honey will crystallize over time. Imitation honey will remain looking like syrup, no matter how long it is stored.
4. Light a Fire
Dip the tip of a matchstick in “honey”, and then strike it to light. Natural honey will light the match easily and the flame will burn off the honey. Fake honey will not light because of the moisture it contains.
(Read more at http://naturalrevolution.org/the-shocking-differences-between-raw-honey-and-processed-golden-honey/#MBx0XHOrR03TegiP.99)
The chemical makeup of honey gives the substance properties that can speed healing and prevent infection. The smooth, thick texture also keeps moisture close to the skin, which can help your complexion become supple and glowing. With its natural pH level of 4.5, raw honey falls within skin’s naturally healthy pH range.
What benefits can honey have on your skin?
- Acne: Honey is naturally antibacterial, so it’s great for acne treatment and prevention.
- Aging: Full of antioxidants, it is great for slowing down aging.
- Complexion boost: It is extremely moisturizing and soothing, so it helps create a glow.
- Pores: Honey is clarifying because it opens up pores making them easy to unclog.
I generally mix all my exfoliants with honey to create a mask but now I’ll be adding in cleansing with honey daily. It’s important to make sure all makeup is removed, honey doesn’t remove makeup well. What I did was wash my face with my normal face wash at night and then in the morning cleanse with honey. To Cleanse: Add a quarter size amount or more to wet hands, massage into skin and rinse. Follow with your usual serum or moisturizer.