Chapped lips, red cheeks, dry skin? Like it or not, winter is upon us. Looking after your complexion is a year-round commitment; however, our skin needs a little extra TLC during the colder months. Being blasted by freezing winds takes its toll while central heating depletes skin of what little moisture is left. What’s a girl to do? The solution to your dry winter skin lies in the unlikeliest of places: your golden toast.
You drizzle it over your porridge and add it to your tea but have you ever thought about applying honey to your face? With boundless benefits for skin, honey has been used as a skin salve for centuries, dating back to the Ancient Egyptians. Rumour has it that Cleopatra would mix up a make-shift facemask using milk and honey. Thanks to advancements in science, we now have the luxury of using much more sophisticated honey-infused products – including Guerlain Abeille Royale Eye R Serum – to give skin a much-needed boost.
Did you know that World Bee Day (May 20) is fast-approaching? Here, we explore the numerous skin benefits of this sweet nectar:
Liquid Gold: The Skin Benefits Of Honey
Honey is the ultimate skincare multi-tasker, thanks to enzymes with antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. In layman’s terms, this means that applying honey to your skin can help nix acne-causing bacteria, soothe irritation and protect against the environmental aggressors (think: sun, pollution, extreme temperatures) that lead to ageing.
For the record, not all honey is created equal. Raw and non-processed forms are best as they contain the most potent forms of enzymes.You can create your own face mask at home using high quality raw honey, such as Manuka honey, which is readily available from good health food stores. Apply a thick layer of honey to freshly-cleansed skin and leave on for 15-20 minutes. When it’s time to remove the mask, warm water and a hand towel should remove every last drop, without leaving any sticky residue behind.
Sweeten Your Skincare Routine
There are two ways to add honey to your skincare routine: a) by using pure raw honey or b) by investing in honey-infused skincare.
Guerlain Abeille Royale Eye R Serum, $170 at David Jones.
The new Guerlain Abeille Royale Eye R Serum combines the known healing benefits of honey with award-winning technology. Made using 94 per cent natural ingredients, this eye serum helps to slow the ageing process by preventing wrinkles and sagging in the eye area. BONUS: The Gold Drop applicator has an instant de-puffing effect and helps brighten the eyes with every use.
Guerlain harvests its honey on Ouessant Island, which is situated just off the coastline of Brittany, France. Importantly, this honey has been subject to numerous studies led by Guerlain Experts and has been selected according to stringent criteria for its unique quality and its proven efficacy. To protect this precious bee, Guerlain is the benefactor of the Ouessant Island Brittany Black Bee Conservation Association. On World Bee Day and every day, this program helps to protect the bees and their honey for future generations to come.
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