You really can’t get much purer then wild Honey.
Sourced directly from nature by honey bees, foraging on the Manuka tree for nectar.
Wild Honey has many valuable properties in skin care, and is a favourite ingredient of ours at the Naked Chemist.
This article look at how Honey can help to repair your skin and restore it to health.
Benefits of Wild Honey
Properties and Uses
Antimicrobial: Honey prohibits the growth of certain bacteria.
It’s antimicrobial properties, is due to it’s enzymatic structure which releases Hydrogen Peroxide, a compound that retards the growth of bacteria.
Wild Honey also contains Gluconic Acid which behaves as a chelating agent, it binds together with metal agents, helping to keep skin care formulas free from microbes.
Antioxidant: One of the properties of honey is Glucose Oxidase, which produces Hydrogen Peroxide,
This actually works in a similar way to anti-oxidants, naturally helping to mop up free radicals.
Honey also contains Polyphenol Ferulic Acid, which has amasing oxidising properties, helping to prevent premature ageing.
Balancing: The pH for honey falls between 3.5 and 6.0, making it fairly acidic.
Our skin is also naturally acidic, thus making Honey a great inclusion for repairing the skin’s barrier function.
You can read all about the pH of our skin here.
Humectant: Honey is often referred to as a humectant,
These are valuable ingredients in skin care, due to their unique ability to draw water from the atmosphere.
Humectants literally attract moisture to the skins tissues, helping to keep our skin hydrated for longer.
Moisturising: Wild Honey naturally absorbs moisture from the air, it then locks this moisture in the skins tissues, helping to keep our skin soft and supple.
Wound healing: Honey really is natures antioxidant and when it is applied topically on the skin it helps to reduce oxidative stress from free radicals. It heals damaged tissue and reverses some of the damage done by premature ageing.
When you think about all of the lovely properties to be found in this amazing natural ingredient, we guess you don’t need to ask, why we just love using Wild Honey in our dry skin formulas. x