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When I saw this piece on Boing Boing about a seal whose shark bike was healed with honey, I was intrigued.
According to the vets who nursed the seal back to health before releasing it, honey has a variety of properties that make it great for treating wounds. It’s antibacterial, water repellent (hence sealing off the wound from organisms trying to colonize there) and “honey also contains a variety of compounds that may enhance the tissue response to infection and inflammation.”
Could this work for humans too? Could I get rid of my plastic tube of Neosporin for some local honey? I already use it on my face, why not a cut?
So I went searching and found out this from The Medical News:
“For several years now Bonn pediatricians have been pioneering the use in Germany of medihoney in treating wounds…The success is astonishing: ‘Dead tissue is rejected faster, and the wounds heals more rapidly,’ Kai Sofka, wound specialist at the University Children’s Clinic, emphasizes… ‘Even wounds which consistently refused to heal for years can, in our experience, be brought under control with medihoney – and this frequently happens within a few weeks,’ Kai Sofka says.
Like many natural solutions that blow our own engineered and chemically processed products out of the water, it’s not new. Ancient Egyptians used honey to heal wounds as well.
Since honey is water repellent, could you even ditch the band-aid? I just love this idea.
Keep in mind the Bonn medical researchers don’t have any solid clinical research to back up their claims. But when it comes to a little paper cut, it can’t hurt, right?
“Farm-to-table was so last year,” the enticing email from Vital Juice started. “The new local food trend: farm-to-face.”
“Townhouse Spa (the go-to spa for fashion industry insiders) is partnering with South Gate’s executive chef Kerry Heffernan for the new Fresh Skin Balancing Facial.
You’ll relax under an enzyme mask while an esthetician whips up a farmers’ market-driven “dish” for your skin (you’ll wear it, not munch it). The recipe might include oatmeal to soothe, avocados to moisturize, cucumbers to remove puffiness or tomatoes to brighten.
After the hour long facial ($150), you’ll be given the remaining mixture to take home. Use it to give yourself a mini facial a few days later, and prolong the results.”
How awesome does that sound? I saved the email, which came just about a month ago, for a rainy day.
Well, that rainy day came today, literally. Having Fridays off, I decided to to something out of the ordinary and devote a day to vapid, socialite pursuits. I made my appointment, mentioning the 10% off discount in the email. “I would like the farmers market facial,” I said.
“Um, I haven’t heard of that one,” the receptionist said. “I’ll just put it as ‘open’ and we’ll see what we have when you get here.” That wasn’t promising, but I honestly don’t remember the last time I’ve had a facial. At the risk of sounding snobbish, why not treat myself just because?
I started my day this morning with a jog, sloshing through the three-inch-deep puddles pooling on the cobblestones in Riverside Park. It was all but deserted except for a few intrepid dog walkers and one or two joggers like me squinting through the downpour.
After taking a shower and reading some over some toast and almond butter, I set off for Townhouse Spa on West 56th. The storefront wasn’t anything to look at, but I warmed to the well-appointed womens locker room, outfitted with rosewood lockers and keys tied with big tassels. The receptionist apologized. “We don’t have hot water right now, unfortunately. If you were planning on taking a shower after your facial…” I wasn’t, but that ruled out the sauna. I love saunas. The robes were soft and fluffy, though the slippers were extremely uncomfortable rubber slide-ons. Just the walk down the hall to the private room was a trial.
My esthetician, Krystina, was an older woman with cropped blond hair and bangs, and a thick Russian accent. I discussed my routine with her. (Pangea organic face routine at night, Aztec mud masks once a week, light Burt’s Bees moisturizer in the morning after a shower.) She placed eye protectors over my eyes and pulled a light over my face to examine my pores.
She admonished me for not exfoliating. “Once a week, you must exfoliate.” I asked her if a honey and baking soda mixture would do the trick. She shrugged, saying she’s never tried it herself but she didn’t see the harm. Honey has antibacterial properties, so I could even use it alone. She has one client with perfect skin who swears by baking soda. “But of course she just has perfect skin. Anything will work for her.”
I like an honest esthetician.
I asked her about the farmers market mask. “It’s made from food?” I ventured.
“We have a milk and berry facial,” she ventured. “It has lactic acid and…” blah blah blah stuff I can’t remember because it was too complicated. I agreed. At this point I had lost all hope of having the fabled Farmers Market facial. “Do I get to take some home?” I asked (After all, it said that in the email.)
She compensated by recommending a homemade mask of strawberries, banana, honey, and sour cream. Sour cream has lactic acid, apparently, so it is good for your pores.
She applied potion after potion to my face. Cream, hot cloth, spray, massage, tingling lotion, massage, spray, pat dry with a paper towel, toner, cream. “Now the painful part begins. Extraction.”
“Extraction,” I found out, means that she uses her nails to force out blackheads. She worked her way all over my face, squeezing the offending pores. I wondered why I couldn’t just do this at home. What was the difference between this and all the admonishments by magazines not to pick at your face?
I did a mental shrug and decided to use the time to meditate instead, listening to the typical spa music of unidentifiable chanting mixed with synthetic background. When she was done she applied three more layers of stuff and massaged my neck with essential oils. Every layer smelled lovely, like a subtle fruit cocktail at PDT.
I have to admit, while my pimples didn’t vanish (isn’t that what we all want?) my skin felt super soft. I’ll have to see how I feel in a week or so about the results.
I just looked up what the treatment might be, and here it is:
The VerryBerry Glo starts with a thorough cleansing and an exfoliation with a natural pumpkin enzyme scrub. After a light extraction, the skin will be prepped for a mixed berry and lactic acid peel. A mixture of blueberry, bilberry and mulberry will brighten, exfoliate, and promote softer, smoother skin while improving fine lines. An anti-inflammatory soothing gel mask will soothe and calm the skin. Enjoy a relaxing shoulder, neck and arm massage while the mask permeates through the skin. A vitamin concoction of super serums and moisturizers will then hydrate and protect the skin. Results will be immediate and noticeable.
It doesn’t sound that organic to me. “Natural” can mean anything at all. The Skin Deep Cosmetics database has no information on Sonya Dakar, the brand they were using.
Of course when I left, Krystina told me I should try to come back every six weeks for this $190 facial. The only way I would spend that much money that often would be if I wake up tomorrow with a clear, radiant face. I told her I would try.
I popped over to Bloomingdale’s to pick up some fall items of clothing, and I think now I’m going to go get a manicure. Tonight I have a reservation at Rouge Tomate with Mike for dinner, and then Colby, my sister, and her husband arrives. It’s just one of those days….
Homemade Beauty with Victoria has a video demonstrating how to use honey as an exfoliator. Like, on your face.
We have a tendency to think of anything that is oily or sticky as a pore clogger, but here Victoria is, claiming the opposite. Can something as simple and sticky as honey make our skin better? Here is her reasoning (Pardon the grammar, English is not her first language):
Honey is a potent natural anti-microbial and has soothing, healing effect. Besides honey is the perfect rejuvenating and refreshing ingredient so you will see how smooth your skin become right after procedure. Honey has biologically active substances which absorbs toxins and promotes their fast removal from the skin. That’s why honey is amazing at healing acne prone skin and getting rid of cellulite.
Over on Good, they recommend honey as a cleanser as well, along with other strategies like tea tree oil, clay (I’ve tried it and love it!), and just eating better. Hmmm, maybe there is something to this. So here is her video tutorial:
I have way too much honey in my apartment right now – farmers market honey, regular honey, gift basket honey – so I decided to give it a whirl, if for no other reason than to use some of it up!
I followed her instructions exactly. I washed my face with warm water, wiped my face with toner on a washcloth, and dabbed honey all over. I didn’t see “grey dirt” coming out of my pores, but when I washed the honey off, my skin felt just as clean as a fresh wash with Neutrogena.
I like the idea of using something so pure to wash my face. Perhaps I’ll be keeping a little bit of honey by the sink from now on…