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There's an old saying that honey is the "nectar of the gods." Think of the classic image of the goddess: white robe, golden bangles, glowing skin. Maybe those goddesses used honey on their skin, as it's one of the oldest and most revered of all the skincare ingredients. It's been used for centuries to treat a variety of ailments and pamper the skin. And every girl could use a little more pampering! Maximize these skin-loving benefits by picking up a face cream containing natural honey ... and glow like a goddess.
When your body is thirsty, it's telling you that it wants a tall, cool glass of water. Think of honey as that glass of water for your skin. Honey is a natural humectant, meaning that it attracts and retains moisture. This is a big deal when it comes to your complexion. Slathering on a facial cream containing honey can draw moisture deep into your skin's layers, comforting it and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It's especially soothing in winter, when skin tends to be drier and more uncomfortable.
Honey has natural healing properties and is super strong when it comes to fighting off bacteria that's on and in your skin. It contains an enzyme called glucose oxidase that, when added to water -- as it is in most facial creams -- creates hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide is a mild natural antiseptic, which means its busts up germs and keeps them at bay. And who wants all that nasty stuff on her face, anyway?
Because it is a humectant, honey can be a powerful weapon in the fight against aging. As it draws moisture into your skin, it plumps it up and smooths it out, diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Anti-aging agent and germ-fighter all in one? Awesome!
As if honey didn't do enough for your complexion, it can also bust up pesky acne. Applying a face cream with honey can be a great addition to a skincare regimen. Since it is an antibacterial ingredient, it can ward off pimple-causing germs and clear up your skin ... making honey a truly beautiful ingredient.