You will never guess the weird things I put on my face lately. When my husband saw me the first time, he just looked at me and shook his head. I think he’s used to my strange naturalistic experiments by now. Although I think men find facials confusing and weird regardless… Have you ever made your own facial? If you have, maybe you’ve experienced the same weird looks by your family… maybe some mashed avocado? Cucumbers on the eyes? Those are good too! Mine was made of honey, cinnamon, baking soda, coffee grounds and some essential oils. Not only did I make this natural facial concoction, but I also made my own toner using Apple Cider Vinegar and water!
Here’s a breakdown of what I used in my “Holistic Honeybee Homemade Honey Facial” and why –
Honey – Honey is a natural humectant, which means it retains moisture, making it a wonderfully moisturizing ingredient for this facial. Honey also has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, so if you’re dealing with acne or blackheads, this is a great ingredient to help reduce redness and breakouts and fade scars.
Cinnamon – Cinnamon increases blood circulation, which can help bring collagen to the surface… in other words, it can help your skin to look younger! Cinnamon also has antiseptic properties, so again, a great acne fighter! (Use sparingly or test on your skin, since it can cause redness if too much is used or if you’re sensitive to it.)
Baking Soda – Baking soda acts as an exfoliator when added to this facial. When you massage the honey facial onto your skin, you will feel the fine grit of the baking soda – this will help remove dead skin cells, dirt, oil and other impurities from the skin. Baking soda will also act as a lightening agent – because who likes dark spots??
Coffee Grounds – Coffee grounds are something that you might throw away every morning… no more! Save them for your facials! Coffee grounds have some of the same anti-oxidants and other compounds that are found in luxury skin care products. The fine grounds will also exfoliate the skin. Also, the caffeine can help reduce puffiness under the eyes (helpful for us busy, sleep-deprived ladies and mamas out there). If you’re not a coffee drinker, local coffee shops have plenty of grounds to offer! (You could always say you want to use it for your garden or compost, if you’re worried about getting strange looks… coffee grounds are great for your garden’s soil!)
Essential Oils – Using essential oils is optional. I happened to have some and decided to add them in to give my facial a little boost. Making this without essential oils will still be an amazing facial. I added a few drops of lavender, lemon and tea tree oil. These all have anti-bacterial and healing properties.
For my homemade toner, I used 1 part Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) to 3 parts water. I did just 4 teaspoons total to start in a small container. (You can do as much as 1 part ACV to 1 part water, and adjust as your skin’s sensitivity allows.) I would recommend a container that is not clear, or if it is, keep it in a drawer or cabinet out of the sunlight. I also suggest that you make a small amount so you can use it all up in about a week. Making a fresh batch each week is best. Even though Apple Cider Vinegar has a TON of health benefits (internally and externally), it does not smell the best… I found that if I did not keep mine out of the sunlight and if I made too much, it would start to smell even worse and I’d have to throw it out and make a new batch. Don’t let the smell deter you from using this toner! As it dries, the smell dissipates. You can add more water to dilute too if you want. The Apple Cider Vinegar when used as a toner will balance your skin’s pH levels and also has anti-bacterial properties – and all naturally! Make sure you buy unpasteurized, organic Apple Cider Vinegar that has the “mother” for best results. (You will see stuff floating around the bottle of ACV, that’s the good stuff – that’s the one you want!)
BONUS TIP: I will use this facial before my shower a lot. The steam helps to open my pores and makes the facial more effective. And here’s the bonus: when I’m ready to rinse my face, I will rub the facial into my wet hair! You can do this before, during, after or instead of shampooing… All ingredients in the facial are also beneficial to the hair and scalp! The honey will give your hair a nice shine, while the baking soda and coffee grounds will massage the scalp and clean the hair. If you’re feeling extra bold, and you need an extra use for your Apple Cider Vinegar, you can rinse your hair with it instead of conditioner!
Holistic Honeybee Homemade Honey Facial
½ cup honey or raw honey
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp used coffee grounds
1-5 drops of various essential oils if desired/on hand (lemon, lavender and tea tree oils are good ones)
Mix all ingredients in a small container with a lid. Use about a Tbsp of the facial mixture on your face – using your fingertips, massage onto face avoiding eyes. (Don’t rub too hard – could cause skin irritation.) I like to let it sit for 10-15 min, then rinse using a warm washcloth. Let the warm washcloth rest on your face first to let the steam really open up the pores and activate the facial. (Or if you hop in the shower, the steam works there too.) Follow up with the Apple Cider Vinegar homemade toner. Enjoy your soft, glowing skin!
Apple Cider Vinegar Toner
1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
3 tsp water
Using organic, unpasteurized Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) with the “mother” – shake the bottle and add a tsp to a small container with a lid. This recipe calls for 1 part ACV to 3 parts water. You can do as little as 1:1 or more than 1:3 as you and your skin sensitivity prefers. You will want to store in a container that is not clear, or if it is, keep in a drawer or cabinet out of the sunlight to keep it fresh. Shake your container before each use. Wet a cotton ball with some toner and smooth over your face, avoiding the eyes. Don’t worry, the smell will dissipate as it dries! Enjoy your soft, balanced and moisturized skin!
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