Friday, August 13, 2010

Fit For Royalty

I'm always on the look out for natural ingredients that are healthy and easy to use. Skincare is really important to me. We all want to have great skin. We all want to discover the fountain of youth. And now you can have both. Here's the buzz:

Look for skincare containing honey. Honey has been used for thousands of years for it's medicinal powers - from being mentioned in The Bible, to preserving dead bodies in ancient Egypt, to the Buddha himself, nature's sugary elixir has passed the hands of time.

The sticky, sweet natural concoction from bees is a natural antiseptic, cleanser, and is full of antioxidants. Researchers at the University of Ottawa , led by Tala Alandejani, MD provided scientific evidence that honey can naturally kill bacteria that cause sinus infections and inflammation of the airways. Additionally, several studies have shown that honey speeds the recovery time of superficial burns to the skin, minor cuts and scratches, and also helps reduce scarring.

I know this sounds far fetched - but honey stops the clock on aging. Using skincare with honey protects your skin against oxidation and dehydration - two effects of stress, pollution, sun damage, and oxidants. When your skin is blocked from free radicals, moisturized, and protected, a more youthful appearance is gained. Think about it - honey never goes bad, doesn't need any preservatives, and is all natural. So when this ingredient is used in skin care, it helps nourish and protect. Honey absorbs impurities on the skin and in pores, so it brings a natural cleansing property and helps rejuvenate and refresh the skin. Honey also naturally soothes and calms. In short - honey makes your skin softer, look better, more youthful, more radiant.

Here are some products that contain honey:

Guerlain 'Abeille Royale' Youth Serum - US$140 for 1 ounce.

L'Occitane en Provence's Shea Butter Hand Cream - £16.50 for 150 mL.

Korres Wheat & Honey Intensified Vitamin E Anti-Aging Cream - AU$54.

Smashbox Lip Treatment SPF 15 - US$15.

Peter Thomas Roth Viz-1000 skin serum - US$65.

Mind your beeswax, leave the hive, and get some honey! Your skin will thank you!

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