Today is Saturday.
And for a lot of women out there it’s cleanning day
And/or beauty/spa day.
Well this post will be about the beauty part. Ordinary on Saturdays, I will prep, wash and do my hair, do my facial skincare routine; every month or so, I’ll shave and exfoliate, of course if there is still time get my nails done (this part has the tendency to get another task out of whack) so it’s a lot. Not to forget I have other things to do, it’s efficiency on it’s highest level because everything or most of it has to be done, my week is busy and Sundays I tend to procrastinate, not to forget there are also other chores, plus the ones that I might have missed on Saturday.
Fast Forward to the beauty part.
As a black girl with natural kinky coily hair (4 something), I’m not new to DIYs. Specially those with humectants (products that draws moisture in from the air). I have a full bottle of glycerin, my family half transitionned from sugar to honey so we have a gallon of it at home. I use glycerin on my hair refresher sprays or on different homemade butters while I use honey on homemade butters, deep conditioners and my face.
So what about beauty and honey?
Well I have spring twists installed so that’s not where I’m going. This post is all about the face. Usually, I’d start with a sweaty face from chores and different activities before putting my mask in (this way my pores would already be open and I’d have detoxify a little bit already), pat my face with a napkin and
- Put on my mask (normally it’s a clay mask -either the bentonite clay with apple cider vinegar or another clay with some sort of appropriate liquid- but I try to do peel ones once in a while). Let it dry, then rinse it off or peel it off.
- Next, I’d gently exfoliate with a spinning brush (mind you I don’t have sensitive skin).
- After that I would do my moisturizing mask which is usually honey as is or mixed with lemon juice or lemon essential oil. Let it sit for an hour or so then rinse it off. At the last minute, I’d scrub my lips with a honey sugar mixture.
- Apply my toner then either Shea butter mixture or a light oil since I have oily skin.
Well, today more than ever has honey performed greatly because aside from my usual skin problems, I also had cracked itchy peeling lips because of an allergy or irritation (don’t know which one), so after I finished my skincare routine, I took a nap because I was extremely tired due to my dog giving birth (7 puppies) the night prior. My lips were hydrated and soothed so I was more than satisfied and instead of using a lip balm, I decide to use honey to further down the process since my lips weren’t completely healed. When I woke up 3-4 hours later (I know, long nap!), my lips felt so so goooooood but also plumped. It’s like I suddenly had more volume there or someone secretly gave me a lip injection. I was dumbfounded because I knew about the anti-inflammatory, healing and humectant properties but never heard of the plumpness side-effect. I know for a fact that it was not due to the irritation or allergy because a) this is not my first time using honey topically, b) this is not my first lip allergy/irritation and c) my lips weren’t inflamed.
I have full lips so the added plumpness didn’t bother me but to someone out there with thicker lips, it might be too much. To be really honest, the size change wasn’t all that big either but I could feel it because I’m not used to that more fleshiness. Anyway, I discovered something new today about honey and I’m very much pleased with it. It might be my personal chemistry to the product because, as we all know, our body reacts differently to things, especially if you’re diabetic or allergic to honey, that’s definitely a no no but if you’re not against DIYs and a honey user why not? You might also be surprised.😉
The only downside I can think of, also one of its good properties, is that honey is easily washable so if you’ll be eating or drinking or as simple as if you tend to lick or bite your lips, then you might be able to use it as a quick treatment if you can manage or overnight exactly before sleeping (apply a thick layer). Overall it is worth a try even if it’s only for its other great benefits.
And one more important thing :