HONEY

Lipstick & Roses Ingredient

Skin Type:

All Skin Types; excellent for dry and acne-prone skin

Comedogenicity Rating:

0 – won’t clog pores (? – not confirmed, but many oily/acne-prone skinned people praise it’s cleansing effects without clogging pores when used effectively)

Natural SPF:

Unknown

Region of Origin, Cultivation & History:

Honey is a substance produced by bees from the nectar of plants.  Topical use of honey has a long history. In fact, it is considered one of the oldest known wound dressings. Honey was used by the ancient Greek physician Dioscorides in 50 A.D. for sunburn and infected wounds. Honey’s healing properties are mentioned in the Bible, Koran, and Torah.

Constituents:

Carbohydrates,  monosaccharides, fructose, glucosedisaccharides, sucrose, maltoseisomaltose, maltulose, turanose and kojibiose; There are also some oligosaccharideserlose, theanderose and panose. Honey contains a number of enzymes, including invertase, amylase, glucose oxidase, catalase and acid phosphorylase; Honey also contains eighteen free amino acids, of which the most abundant is prolineHoney contains trace amounts of the B vitamins riboflavin, niacin, folic acid, pantothenic acid and vitamin B6. It also contains ascorbic acid (vitamin C), and the minerals calciumiron, zincpotassium, phosphorusmagnesium, seleniumchromium, manganese.  The main group of antioxidants in honey are flavonoids like pinocembrin, ascorbic acid, catalase and selenium. Generally speaking, the darker the honey, the greater its antioxidising properties; Acetic acid, butanoic acid, formic acid, citric acid, succinic acid, lactic acid, malic acid, pyroglutamic acid and gluconic acid, and a number of aromatic acids.   Honey also contains hydroxymethylfurfural.

Health & Beauty Benefits:

Honey’s ability to absorb and retain moisture make it an ideal ingredient in a lot of cosmetics as it helps keep skin hydrated and fresh and prevents drying. It is known that ancient beauties regularly applied a mixture of honey and milk to the face to keep the skin young-looking, radiant, and smooth.

Honey’s natural antioxidant and anti-microbial properties help to protect the skin from the damage of the sun’s rays, supports the skin’s ability to rejuvenate and refresh depleted skin, leaving it feeling silky soft and supple. One of the most common natural skin care benefits with honey is related to treatment of minor acne acne which could be caused by hormonal changes or “heatiness in the body”, as traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) would call it to refer to the imbalance of yin and yang in the body. Honey absorbs impurities from the pores on the skin, making it an ideal cleansing agent.

Warnings/Contraindications:

Honey is LIKELY SAFE for most adults and children over one year old when taken by mouth or when appropriately applied to the skin by adults.

Honey is POSSIBLY UNSAFE when taken by mouth in infants and very young children. Do not use raw honey in infants and young children under 12 months of age due to the chance of botulism poisoning. This is not a danger for older children or adults.

Honey is LIKELY UNSAFE when it is produced from the nectar of Rhododendrons and taken by mouth. This type of honey contains a toxin that may cause heart problems, low blood pressure, chest pain, as well as other serious heart problems.

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Honey is LIKELY SAFE when taken in food amounts. The concern about botulism applies to infants and young children and not to adults or pregnant women. However, not enough is known about the safety of honey when used for medicinal purposes in women who are pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid medicinal amounts and topical applications.

Pollen allergies: Avoid honey if you are allergic to pollen. Honey, which is made from pollen, may cause allergic reactions.

www.benefits-of-honey.com/honey-and-skin-care.html

www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-738-HONEY.aspx?activeIngredientId=738&activeIngredientName=HONEY&source=2

www.chm.bris.ac.uk/webprojects2001/loveridge/index-page3.html