• Elizabeth Ready

Honey skin care benefits

Honey is widely used across the skincare industry because of its many natural properties. It’s one of the only foods that will never perish and honey was even found in the pyramids which was still edible! These somewhat magical properties make honey one of the most interesting ingredients in skincare.

What is honey and how is it made?

Honey is made by honey bees converting nectar from flowers into a thick sweet liquid. All honey comprises of fructose (40%), glucose (30%), sucrose (5%) and water (25%).

Honey bees collect nectar from flowers and reduce the water content from 80% to around 20%. This process takes several weeks and allows the bees to safely store the honey overwinter without it fermenting. Other bees such as bumblebees do not make honey, they simply collect nectar and use it as their food source over the warmer months. Bumblebees can do this as they don’t overwinter – only the queen bumblebee will survive the winder by going into deep hibernation. With honey bees however, the entire colony overwinters requiring honey stores to see them through.

Why use honey in skincare products?

Honey has been used for centuries for skincare and medicine. It’s packed full of amazing properties which make it a skincare essential. Here are three of the top skincare properties of honey:

  1. Honey is a humectant, meaning it naturally attracts moisture to help keep the skin smooth, improves elasticity and smoothes out wrinkles [1]

  2. Honey has natural antimicrobial and antioxidant properties [1] making it great at cleansing the skin – it’s also anti-irritant so cleanses gently making it great for sensitive skin

  3. Honey is full of naturally occurring vitamins, minerals and amino acids, making it a great anti-ageing ingredient and perfect for maturing skin

How we use honey in skincare

Here at Bee Cosmetics we look after 20 + hives across Sussex and Surrey, sustainably collecting honey for use across our skincare range. Honey is a core ingredient across our products including our honey face scrub, day moisturiser, honey beeswax soap, to name a few.

Honey really is an all-around magical ingredient!

[1] Kurek-Górecka, A.; Górecki, M.; Rzepecka-Stojko, A.; Balwierz, R.; Stojko, J. Bee Products in Dermatology and Skin Care. Molecules 2020, 25, 556.