Honey might just be what your skincare regime needs right now, and not just honey, but propolis too. For those not so well versed in the world of beekeeping, while honey is what bees make from nectar, propolis is what they make from tree sap and buds.
It could be ideal for anyone who wants to take a natural route for their skincare and avoid any harmful or harsh chemicals. Propolis has long been considered to have medicinal properties, and not you can see it in your skincare.
The importance of honey has been well documented in the world’s oldest medical works of literature and been known since ancient times as possessing antimicrobial and wound-healing properties by providing a protective barrier to prevent infection.
It’s these same properties, as well as that it’s gentle on the skin, that explains why it is being hailed as a hero ingredient for helping acne sufferers, in particular adult acne sufferers who may also be subject to dehydrated skin and fine lines.
Thew high sugar content in honey means it prevents most microorganisms from growing by limiting the available water, but some types of natural honey, such as Manuka honey from New Zealand also contain other antibacterial compounds called methylglyoxal (MGO), which increase the antibacterial effect.
Propolis contains a high level of a type of antioxidants called flavonoids, which can have anti-fungal properties. This makes it appealing for older consumers as the antioxidants will help neutralise free radicals, which are associated with the ageing process of the skin.
However, don’t go reaching for the pot of honey in the cupboard so quickly, as honey is one of the most adulterated foods in the world, often diluted with corn syrup or other sugars. It will help draw moisture to your skin, but it won’t combat acne.
Always ensure you know what you are buying, and look for properly formulated cosmetic products which will have specifications for ingredients and the final product.
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