Any beauty bee worth her honey will know the golden liquid has a whole host of health benefits. From helping to clear break outs to restoring skin’s elasticity, honey’s healing power has been revered since ancient times. It’s also full of powerful protective antioxidants which help defend skin against environmental stressors.
Manuka honey is particularly potent when it comes to honey beauty, and comes from bees who feed on the manuka shrub of New Zealand’s remote North Island. Manuka honey has been shown to have higher therapeutic properties than other varieties, though all unheated honey has excellent benefits. Kourtney Kardashian is clearly a fan, and was recently named the face of Manuka Doctor
"I have been using the Manuka Doctor honey line for many years so when the brand asked me to be their global ambassador, I couldn’t have wished for a better partnership,” she said in a statement.
“As fans of my show have seen, I am an advocate of products that use natural ingredients. I am incredibly excited to have this opportunity to work with a brand I believe in and introduce it to people around the world.”
Honey advocates swear by its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, which helps to reduce redness, can heal congested or inflamed skin and helps with eczema. It also oxygenates pores and draws out bacteria, which is why acne sufferers plump for it. On top of that it moisturises, promotes skin regeneration, lessens scarring and repairs cellular damage.
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Honey isn’t just appearing in skincare though; body and haircare brands are also getting in on the action.
Palmer’s have recently brought out a Manuka Flower Honey hair range, with a shampoo, conditioner, leave-in spray, leave-in cream and finishing hair oil making up the range. As well as manuka honey, the products also include Amla Oil, derived from Indian gooseberries, and of course Palmer’s pure cocoa butter. If list of ingredients doesn’t scream luscious locks, we don’t know what does.
Garnier also have some exciting new offerings, in the form of the Ultimate Blends Body Honey Treasures Restoring Lotion and Honey Treasures Restoring Body Butter. Both have been designed to nourish dry skin, and mark the brands first Ultimate Blends Body collection.