When you start to realize the list of chemical ingredients found in many common skincare products with unpronounceable names, you may find yourself beginning to seek natural ingredients to use on your skin. It’s nice to know that one of the simplest and sweetest natural ingredients for skincare is honey.
Honey has been used for centuries as an ingredient to create radiantly looking skin. From the ancient Egyptians to the ancient Chinese, people have recognized honey for its many benefits. It wasn’t until recently that science confirmed what people already knew. Honey is mostly made up of 95% carbohydrates, such as fructose, glucose, maltose and sucrose. There are vitamins, minerals and one enzyme in particular: glucose oxidase.
The glucose oxidase in the make-up of honey acts as a means to create a natural chemical reaction when it touches the skin. This chemical reaction creates hydrogen peroxide, a substance that promotes healing. Some of the specific healing qualities that honey has are:
- an antiseptic and antibiotic
- promotes hydration
- stimulates new tissue growth and collagen production
- mild exfoliant
- improves circulation
- soothes and calm skin irritation
At Denver’s School of Botanical Aesthetics, you not just learn about the benefits of honey for skincare, but you will become familiar with a number of natural ingredients in order to create your own skincare products.