Monday, July 18, 2011

Honey Challenge Day #1

Crunchy Betty's Honey Challenge

My daughters and I are accepting Crunchy Betty's Honey Challenge beginning today.

For the next two weeks, our goal is to wash our faces, at least once each day, with nothing but raw, local honey and water.  "Why?", you may ask.  Because honey is drying for acne, but moisturising (it's a humectant - that means it draws moisture to your face - moisture NOT oil).  Weird, huh?  Since honey isn't a grease cutter, it's not going to remove the natural oils from your skin.  What that means for you is, the natural barrier of oil that your skin secretes to protect you from excess moisture loss and grime/environmental toxins getting in, will not be removed causing your skin to freak out and create a bunch more oil to make up for the loss.  So, natural sebum protection, plus a humectant on top, makes for healthy, moist, beautiful skin.  Honey is also antimicrobial, antifungal, antiseptic, contains pH balancing enzymes and...you know what?  You should just click on the button and go read what Crunchy Betty has to say about it.  Join the Crunchies who enjoy having food on their face!

Here's my experience today...
When I looked in the mirror I realized that I still had a little mascara left over from being a bit lazy in my facial cleansing last night.  I knew that honey wouldn't tackle that so I used a little jojoba oil to remove the mascara before starting the honey wash.  That being said, you should start with a face free from makeup, like in the morning...supposedly.

Anyway, then I took about 1/2 tsp of raw honey, from my trip to the farmer's market on Saturday, and followed CB's directions.  Since I didn't want to take the time to do a mask this morning (you don't have to, it's just an option), I just rubbed the honey all over my face and under my chin and rinsed with a moist cloth (won't do that tomorrow, I'll just rinse with water).
I touched my face tentatively, wondering what I would find.  How did it feel?  Dewy?  Fresh?  Soft?  Yes, to all!  Maybe a little sticky?  Ummm...yes...but I think splashing water directly on my face to rinse instead of using a cloth will fix that.  Now, I have to say that it is extremely hot and humid here in Central PA today so the dewy feeling may have something to do with the sweat that is clinging to the rest of my body no matter where I try to hide...but, my face feels fresh, alive and not exceptionally oily so I think we're good so far.

And since I'm on the honey cart, I looked for more info about this wonder food.  And here's what I found... http://www.benefits-of-honey.com/honey-and-skin-care.html
this site offers lots of info about honey, it's benefits in skin and hair care, recipes for natural products to use on your body, and tons of other Crunchy stuff about nutrition.

I'll keep you up to date with my honey adventure as the week goes on.  Isn't being Crunchy, fun!?

Much herbal love,

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