Time to update your beauty stash!
You’re probably already familiar with the health benefits of honey – its antioxidant and antibacterial properties are great for building your immunity and fighting against coughs or colds. In addition, Manuka honey, which is made in New Zealand, is sometimes used for treating wounds and skin ulcers. Known as medihoney, this medical-grade honey (it is purified with ultraviolet light rather than heat) has a pH content that helps the healing process.
And now, it seems like beauty brands have been clued in to the wondrous benefits of honey. Check these out:
Kiehl’s Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream
We may not be working in a mine or under the scorching sun, but our skin is nonetheless under daily assault. From sleep deprivation and a nutrient-poor diet to environmental toxins like dirt and dust particles, our skin is constantly subject to a lot of stress. To combat the damage, you’ll need something equally powerful. Enter the latest concoction from Kiehl’s – the Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream. One of its key ingredients is New Zealand Manuka honey, specifically chosen for its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, as well as its ability to treat skin wounds. Manuka honey also helps protect your skin from UV damage and other oxidative damage due to air pollution. In addition, because of its high sugar and mineral content, Manuka honey helps maintain skin barrier hydration, keeping your skin well-moisturised throughout the day.
Another key ingredient is Korean Red Ginseng Root, which has been used for thousands of years in by practitioners of traditional Asian medicine. This powerhouse ingredient has been linked to stimulating the rate of cell renewal, which helps improve the appearance of aged, dull skin as well as prevent UV-induced skin roughness.
Retails at $95 at Kiehl’s stores and counters islandwide.
The Body Shop Almond Milk & Honey collection
As someone who suffers from sensitive skin, this collection is a real gift. Combining nourishing ingredients like Community Trade almond oil from Spain and Community Trade honey from Ethiopia, this pampering range of body products may just be my favourite The Body Shop collection yet. The honey used in these products is sourced from the Sheka rainforest biosphere reserve, and is renowned for its distinctive floral scent. Formulated with a hypoallergenic fragrance and with zero colourants added, you can have peace of mind knowing your skin will be well taken care of.
The Body Shop Almond Milk & Honey collection includes a Soothing & Restoring Body Lotion ($19.90), Soothing & Caring Shower Cream ($12.90), Calming & Protecting Hand Cream ($9.90), Soothing & Restoring Body Butter ($30.90), Gently Exfoliating Cream Body Scrub ($30.90), and Soothing & Caring Cleansing Bar ($5.50), and is available from 20 February 2017 at The Body Shop stores islandwide.
Venofye Queen Bee
Venofye take the honey obsession one notch higher with the use of — wait for it — bee venom. According to the brand developers, these bee venom-infused products “fool” your skin into believing it has been stung, which then stimulates the production of collagen and blood circulation. This leads to a gentle plumping effect and firming of your skin.
If you’re worried about the bees, as I was, Venofye assures customers that no bees are hurt in the process of creating their products. On their website, it says, “Usually, when a bee stings a person, it loses its stinger, which ultimately results in its death. However, collecting bee venom is neither stressful for the bees, nor is it harmful. Bee venom is usually collected using a glass sheet which encourages the bees to pump out a small amount of venom into the glass. This sheet is then removed from the beehive and the venom is sent for purification. The bee continues with its normal life because stinging the glass doesn’t force it to lose its stinger.”
Venofye also assures customers that bee venom skin care products are safe for all skin types, but if you are (or suspect you may be) allergic to bees, it’s best to seek advice from your dermatologist beforehand.
For more information on Venofye Queen Bee skincare products, click here.
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