We’ve been asked many times how to use raw honey as a face wash. Many of you may wonder why you would even consider raw honey in the first place. Raw honey is a universal beauty tonic for all skin types because of its potent yet gentle healing benefits to the skin. Raw honey does wonder for acne, rosacea, eczema, hyperpigmentation, enlarged pores, and sensitive, mature, and dull lifeless skin.
The less stress your skin endures from drying cleansers and toners, the more elastic it will remain over time. Anything with a pH of 4.5-7 is usually considered pH balanced since water is a neutral pH of 7, yet skin thrives when using products with a pH of 4.5-5.5.
Raw honey has a natural pH of 4.5. The antiseptic and antimicrobial properties of honey make it wonderful for healing cuts and burns by killing bacteria and fungus. Raw honey also contains gluconic acid, a mild alpha hydroxy acid that is amazing at brightening the complexion, evening out the skin tone, and lightening scars and age spots.
Most honey contains iron, silica, copper, vitamin B, manganese, chlorine, potassium, calcium, sodium, phosphorous, aluminum, and magnesium depending on where the honey is collected from. This rich mineral content makes it excellent for the skin. Raw honey’s intense moisturizing abilities with gentle cleansing agents make it perfect for even very sensitive skin. When honey is mixed with water it releases peroxide properties which help to heal and fade scars and also prevent bacteria from causing more acne.
Most of the honey found in grocery stores is “adulterated honey” meaning it has no nutrients. When honey is processed and refined with heat the live healing enzymes are killed. You are instead left with liquid sugar. Raw honey will give your skin the healing benefits that it needs and you will also experience the best results.