This winter was rough, and my skin is still paying for it.
Sometime in January, I started experimenting with facial cleansers that aren’t honey. I think I was just going through some sort of weird phase. It got really cold this winter, so I started cutting my nighttime routine short. Our house is super cold, and spending any unnecessary time with water (waiting for it to warm up, rinsing forever to get all the honey off) makes me hostile. The entire honey experience felt exhausting (which I realize sounds super whiny). In an effort to make my face-washing routine quick, I tried some other products.
Now, I don’t normally like to call out products I don’t like — my aim isn’t to dissuade others from trying something that might work for them — but that’s exactly what I’m going to do here. This post isn’t even about me not liking these products, it’s about the lesson I learned from this experience. I’ll explain that in a minute. Here’s what I tried…
Seventh Generation Facial Cleansing Cloths and Yes to Blueberries Cleansing Facial Wipes
I usually hate facial wipes, but I had purchased the lavender-scented Seventh Generation wipes for camping, and I got the Yes to Blueberries ones in my Birchbox. I kind of figured I should use up my sample, so I started using them, and they were so easy! After removing my makeup with either olive or sweet almond oil, I’d wipe my face with one of these, and then rinse with warm water. It didn’t take long for my skin to start drying out and looking dull. I was getting unnecessary zits. Not such a great idea after all.
Wild Honey Apothecary Sweet Cream Alpha Hydroxy Cleanser
Since the wipes didn’t work and I had some Birchbox points to burn, I bought this. Maybe this cleanser would work as well as honey, but be less of a pain in my ass? It’s made by small company based in Wisconsin, which immediately appealed to me. I looked at the ingredients, and they all sounded amazing (I mean… it has honey in it), so I immediately ordered it. While I appreciate this company for what it is and believe their other products have serious potential for awesomeness, this did not work for me at all. Shame on me for not seeing that the first ingredient is castile soap! Honestly. It dried the hell out of my skin. I started massaging my face with sweet almond oil before using the cleanser, and that helped, but not enough for me to keep using it.
A few weeks ago I thought to myself, “Oh man, remember when my skin looked so good because I used honey? That was awesome.” Yeah. Duh. So I’m back on honey now. In just over a week, I’ve seen a serious difference! My skin is no longer super dry. I’ve stopped breaking out, the blemishes I had started healing quicker, and my skin feels better. It’s not 100% better, but it’s getting there.
How I use honey to wash my face:
I use olive oil to remove my eye makeup, massage sweet almond oil all over my face, and slather honey all over on top of the oil (I’m using the same local brand of honey I started using last January). Sometimes I rinse it off right away, and sometimes I leave it on for a few minutes. I make sure to put it all over my lips and keep it away from my hairline. Then I rinse well with warm water, towel dry, spray with toner, and apply serum and eye cream.
This post is a way to remind my future self of the lesson I learned here: I should never use anything other than honey to wash my face on a regular basis. Is it OK to use something different every now and then? Sure. But on a regular basis, it should always be honey. Always.
Future self, take note.