To cleanse your face with honey, place 1-2 teaspoons of honey in the palm of your hand and apply it to your face. Using a circular motion with your fingertips, massage the honey all over your face. Let the honey rest for a minute or two and then rinse it off with lukewarm water. Afterwards pat your face dry. If you have any dry areas of skin moisturize them but this is often not necessary since the honey itself is moisturizing. I follow this regimen every other day. On the day in between I either do nothing or rinse my face with cool water.
It is easiest to apply the honey right before a shower and rinse it off in the shower. If you would rather wash it off in the sink you can simply tie your hair back and apply the honey, taking extra care not to drip. Some people with very oily skin find honey is not enough and add a small amount of liquid Castile soap to the honey before using it. I haven't tried this but I have heard positive comments about it.
I use only raw honey straight from the beekeeper, as much of the honey for sale in stores is adulterated. Sometimes honey granulates when it has set a while. Some people may find this unpleasant but I appreciate the extra exfoliation. If you don't like it, you can make the honey liquid again by gently warming it in a double boiler or by simply setting the jar in hot water for a while.
You can use plain raw honey to cleanse but you can also use honey infused with herbs. Some of my favorite infused honeys for facial care are peppermint and rose geranium. Peppermint-infused honey is refreshing and leaves your skin feeling rejuvenated. Rose geranium honey smells wonderful and there's something very romantic about cleansing your face with something that sme. Rose geranium was also traditionally used to heal wounds and I have found it to be very healing as a cleanser as well. Most floral honeys such as violet or rose honey would also be good choices as well as honey infused with herbs such as plantain or calendula which are traditionally used for skin.
In addition to using honey as a facial cleanser, it can also be used to condition hair. To do this, simply place about 1 tablespoon honey in 2-3 cups of warm water and stir until the honey dissolves. Pour this over your hair and allow it to set about 5 minutes before washing and rinsing your hair as usual. I find this leaves my hair unusually soft and silky.
Amid all the commercial hype and the plethora of products on the market, I find it very satisfying to cleanse my face with something so simple and natural as honey.