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 staple ingredient in a number of my formulas.
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 componenets 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 amazing 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, 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 locking moisture onto the skins surface.
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.
With so many healing properties to be found in this amazing natural ingredient, it just makes sense that we include them in our skin care creams, especially healing balms.