Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Honey’s Therapeutic Properties Used in Beauty Products

Honey is Sweet for the Body
By Elise Minton and Paige Herman, Orange County Register (USA), 5/23/2007

Honey has become a staple ingredient in some of today's most sought-after beauty products – and for good reason. Besides its sweet scent, this natural moisturizer is hailed for its wide variety of therapeutic properties, such as the ability to keep skin hydrated and moist, as well as the power to fight against the signs of aging. Plus, honey is an anti-irritant, so it's safe to use on even sensitive skin.

Benefits of honey

Honey is a natural humectant, meaning it attracts and retains moisture. It contains essential vitamins such as B5 and panothenic acid. It's also full of minerals like zinc and magnesium, which increase the skin's moisture retention. And it improves cell production and scalp circulation. Honey also contains loads of enzymes and amino acids, making it a powerful antibacterial ingredient that is excellent for treating acne, as well as reducing redness and inflammation. Rich in antioxidants, honey also helps regenerate damaged tissue, deflect free radicals and improve skin tone and elasticity. To reap the full benefits, look for dark-colored honey, which contains more antioxidants than light-colored versions.

Sun Protection

Since honey is suitable for sensitive skin and is a natural moisturizer, it is being considered as a substitute ingredient for some of the harsh chemicals found in most sun blocks. With its natural antioxidant properties, honey also helps the skin protect itself from the sun's damaging UV rays and aids in skin cell rejuvenation…

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