A Flower More Precious than Gold or Silver
Honeysuckle was regarded as more precious than gold or silver during ancient times, and was sometimes used as a tea or alcoholic beverage. It has a strong vitality that enables it to stay alive and maintain its green leaves even throughout the winter.
This bell shaped shrub is a member of Lonicera family and usually found in North Asia, Russia, Far East, far Northern Europe, and Northern Canada.
The sweet, slightly honey-like scent asserts itself in any fragrance it’s in and brings to mind warm, summer days. You also might know that the flower’s sugary nectar is a favorite dish among hummingbird.
Honeysuckle Skin Care Benefits
One reason that honeysuckle extract is used in skin care products is due to its anti-inflammatory properties. The soothing ingredient has long been used to treat skin conditions like eczema and rosacea, as well as acne and general skin irritation.
The extract is also rich in flavonoids and saponins, which are sources of antioxidants and protect the skin against free radicals that cause damage and signs of aging. Plus, honeysuckle is known to improve uneven skin tone and dullness.
And because it’s anti-bacterial, honeysuckle can serve as a natural cleanser, too.
Where to Find It
Honeysuckle extract, or 81.2% fermented honeysuckle vinegar to be exact, is the star ingredient in the Mamonde First Energy Serum. The year-long fermentation process is said to make the ingredient’s antioxidants even more powerful.
The serum is formulated to plump, brighten and smoothe the complexion, while fighting off sources of environmental damage. And yes, the serum smells delightful.
If you have Oily/Combination then the Mamonde First Energy Essence is what you’ll need for your daily dose of Honeysuckle. The Mamonde First Energy Essence has a lighter, water based formula.
If you have sensitive skin and are after a youthful, radiant complexion (I mean, who isn’t?), honeysuckle extract might just be a holy grail ingredient for you! A word to the wise: Because some natural extracts can be allergenic, it’s important to always patch test before use.
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