Honey Hydration in skincare and dermatology

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Cosmetic matrices containing higher concentrations of honey or bee products hydrated the skin more effectively

Bee’s honey is a valuable product of nature with time-proven, universally accepted medicinal, dietary and cosmetic properties. One of the most valued and appreciated natural substances known to mankind since ancient times. It has some cultural and religious significance too. Honey can be used singly or in combination with other ingredients in treatment of various diseases.

Since it’s a bee-derived, supersaturated solution composed mainly of fructose and glucose, it contains proteins and amino acids, vitamins, enzymes, minerals, and other minor components that are beneficial for the skin. It also has the rare and invaluable quality of enhancing the properties and actions of the medicinal substances with which it combines.

While due to its antioxidant properties bee’s honey acts as a rejuvenator, it is also an important ingredient in beauty culture as a moisturizer and a conditioner.

Between selected honey and bee products, there are differences in the ability to hydrate the skin and improve its barrier properties, including adjusting the acidity of the skin surface.

High moisturizing properties have been found in matrices with a glycerin extract of honey

Matrices containing forest honey had better moisturizing effects than those containing flower honey. Barrier properties were enhanced by gradual absorption, especially in formulations with both glycerin and aqueous honey extract.

Therefore, cosmetic matrices’ containing higher concentr­ations of honey or bee products hydrated the skin more effectively.