Before I fell prey to my nasty head cold last week, I had the opportunity to participate in a fun night of beauty at New Moon Skincare and Aviary with the National Honey Board and HollyBeth Organics. It was a night all about celebrating the beauty benefits of honey! We enjoyed yummy hors d’oeuvres, sipped on a DIVINE tropical honey coconut cooler, and indulged in honey-infused DIY facials.
After mingling and enjoying about five (or six) bacon wrapped dates (drizzled in honey, of course!), I joined the other guests around the table for a presentation by Amy and HollyBeth. I learned a few things that definitely got me excited about trying the moisturizing honey facials they’d prepared for us:
- New research confirms honey to effectively moisturize the skin.
- Honey is a natural humectant, meaning it retains and preserves moisture.
- Honey has antimicrobial properties, meaning it is capable of inhibiting growth of disease-causing organisms.
After the presentation, the fun stuff began – moisturizing honey facials! So, Amy and HollyBeth premade all of our beauty treatments, but they are totally DIY and they sent us home with recipes in our gift bags. The facial had four easy steps (Get all the recipes here!):
- Cleanse with the Oh, Honey! Purifying Cleansing Oil
- Exfoliate with HollyBeth’s Grits & Honey Scrub (I LOVED THIS!)
- Moisturize and Refine with the Milk n Honey Pore Refining Mask
- Tone with Even Out Skin Toner
So, I have to be honest with you guys…I WAS SO IMPRESSED! I’ve mentioned before that I have bad skin. I have eczema and my skin is just really dry. Now, that the humid summer is over (a blessing for my skin!), I’d started bracing myself for the battle against itchy, flaky, skin that comes along with winter. But, maybe my new friend the honey bee will help me get through winter flake free…we’ll just have to wait and see! Anyway, I was saying that I was really impressed because even though we didn’t use any lotion or cream based moisturizer, my face was really soft and moisturized after the facial. My skin wasn’t sticky or greasy…it just felt balanced, if that makes sense.
Of all the products, I have to say HollyBeth’s Grits & Honey Scrub was my favorite, so I am going to share the recipe here, but you can get the other recipes here. (Dea loved the cleansing oil and Ren Ren loved the mask!):
Hollyeth’s Grits & Honey Scrub
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp grits
½ tsp oil (such as lavender, peppermint, almond, or grapeseed)
Mix ingredients together in a bowl. Massage gently onto face using circular motions on cheeks, chin, and forehead for about two minutes. Rinse with warm water and towel dry.
I actually told the other ladies that I didn’t know how important exfoliating was until last winter. I had these flaky patches on my cheeks from the cold and I just kept moisturizing and moisturizing, but the patches weren’t going away. I read somewhere that exfoliating is just as important as moisturizing when it comes to combating dryness. Ever since, I’ve been exfoliating 2 – 3 times a week, and my skin is rejoicing. But, it was difficult to find a good scrub that wasn’t too harsh. The grits and honey formula is PERFECT! It’s not harsh at all because the grits are rounded so they exfoliate gently while the honey and oil moisturize (I learned that during the presentation! But, it turned out to be true!) Now, I’m definitely going to be DIYing this one, but if you’re just not a DIY kinda girl (or guy), HollyBeth actually sells this scrub…it’s certified organic, and she is based right here in Atlanta!
Many thanks to the folks at the National Honey Board for inviting me out. This was such a fun time, and I really learned a lot. In today’s world of modern conveniences, we get so used to just fulfilling all our beauty needs at department and drugstores…we even look for products labeled “all natural,” but we’ve got access to all that nature has to offer right at the grocery store. Realistically, I know I don’t have time to go 100% DIY with my beauty regimen. But, a monthly honey facial is totally doable. And, I’m definitely going to give the grits & honey scrub a try for winter. If it works on those dry patches, I’m sold! (By the way, my mom is coming to town next week and we MUST do a honey facial party. She is totally into this all natural stuff…juicing, tea, granola, vitamin shoppe membership…all that…this is right up her alley.)