22 February 2015

Honey For Your Mug

No, not for your tea mug!

For your face!

So many people forget that honey has amazing antiseptic properties, and has been used for thousands of years for healing wounds. The pharm companies have even caught onto it and are producing specialized honey wraps and wound dressings. When my mother was in the hospital last they gave us some dressings for when she got home and it did a wonderful job at healing the wounds on her feet.

This stuff is the bomb dot com!

At least once a week, I like to do a quick honey mask using ingredients that you can find right in your own kitchen and medicine cabinet. Sometimes, if I need a little exfoliation and want some anti inflammatory properties, I will throw in some crushed up aspirin. Next week I will do that and show you how I do it!

All you need is a jar of honey. Since I don't have my usual on hand, I used plain Publix brand honey. 

As you can see, it's just regular clover honey, nothing special. I generally use it in my tea, too!

There is one thing that I need to say that is extremely important

Look at the ingredients and make sure that it is just plain honey. There are a lot of things out there that are marketed as "honey", even bottled in cute little bears, but when you look at the ingredients it is really just sugar with honey flavoring. That is bad, bad, bad! It does not have the same goodness that real honey offers.

If you can use organic, that is even better. 

Last night I decided to do a quick mask because I've got some breakouts coming on thanks to mother nature letting me know "congratulations, you made it another month without getting pregnant!". Such a sense of humor mother nature has. 

All I did was slather a thin layer to dry skin. 

Sticky icky icky!

You can't see, but I was a sticky mess. Be careful not to get it in your hair!

What you don't see is my mother standing behind me cracking jokes about washing it all off because I will get carried off by ants in the middle of the night if I don't! Mom always thinks she has joke ^_^

You can let the mask set on as long as you want, it won't hurt a thing. I like to let it go for ten minutes.

Take this ten minutes to check your email, sweep the floor, whatever. I took the dogs out. 

Waiting on the porch for Autumn to do her biz.

After you've left it on for however long you desire, wash off with lukewarm water, never hot. It's not good for your skin!
Honey washes off surprisingly easily. Make sure you get it all off and then follow with your usual nightly routine. Mine is washing with my DHC Mild Soap and following it with my DHC Moisture Fruit gel cream. 

Clean happy face!
You aren't going to see results right away if you have breakouts, but I did notice a slight difference in the blackheads in my nose and in my pores, which were slightly smaller than when I started. 

Please let me know if you try this, and what your results are!

What are your favorite at home DIY beauty treatments? 

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