We use honey in some of our personal care products for its beneficial skin-conditioning properties.
Honey is a sweet substance produced and stored by honey bees. Highly prized as a food, honey's therapeutic topical potential has been utilised in many traditional medicines for thousands of years. Contemporary medicine includes use of medical-grade honey in dressings for wounds and burns, and for treating some skin conditions. Honey is known to have antioxidant and antibacterial activity, though the biological effects and composition of honey vary depending on floral source, season and other environmental factors. It's used in some personal care products to deeply cleanse and condition skin cells.
Other names: Mel
Chemical class: Carbohydrates
Main constituents: (Sugars) D-Fructose, D-Glucose
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