I’ve always had very sensitive skin. “Natural” face washes and masks have left my skin bright red and stinging so in the past I made the turn to gentle skin cleansers. I do love natural products and DIY’s have always been a favorite for me because I like to know exactly what goes into my products. This allows me to target exactly what does and doesn’t work for my skin, while reducing the packaging involved.
My Current Routine
In a conversation with a vegan and zero waste friend, she mentioned her new routine washing her face solely with manuka honey. Her suggestion involved scooping about a teaspoon of honey into your hands and rubbing it onto your wet face. Manuka honey has tremendous benefits and when you hear about washing your face with honey it is (undoubtedly) manuka honey. I did a lot of research into benefits and monetary costs of honey and made the choice not to use Manuka honey. The issue I had is that it is VERY expensive and so I went down another path, looking for a less expensive dark honey.
My Trial Routine
I stopped by the UCLA’s farmer’s market and picked up a jar of raw, unfiltered Avocado honey from our local vendor, Nedra, who sells Don Pilis Apiaries. I chose Avocado honey because it is a very dark honey (dark honeys have more benefits and more antioxidants), came from a local vendor, and came in a glass jar. I washed with the avocado honey for two weeks and LOVED IT. My routine involved washing once a day-scooping about a teaspoon of honey onto my fingers and applying it onto my wet face. I left it on between 10 minutes and two hours as I studied in my room. It is definitely sticky so tying hair back is a must!
I loved this routine! It is such a low cost DIY and took literally no time to make. I required zero moisturizer with the honey face wash, was left smelling great, and most importantly, my skin looked great! My everyday acne stayed under control and when I could feel more painful and intense breakouts coming up they resolved quickly. Avocado honey left my sensitive skin happy, balanced, moisturized, and soft. I was not magically acne free but I saw a lot of improvements with my acne and I plan to keep up with this inexpensive, zero waste routine.
This blog is written by Emily Davis, committee member for E3's Zero Waste Campaign