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Substance produced by bees from the nectar of flowering plants. Composed primarily of the sugars fructose and glucose and consumed as food, honey also has applications when it comes to skincare. This is due to its amino acid, peptide, and antioxidant content.

The primary research on honey and skin has to do with its multi-faceted role in soothing various concerns. Dark honeys have a stronger antioxidant effect than light honeys. Regular honey is also known as clarified honey or purified honey.

Manuka honey shows up in some skincare products, and is hyped as a special kind of honey. It’s produced in New Zealand from bees that pollinate the country’s native manuka bush. Manuka honey is similar to “regular” clover honey except it’s said to contain more of a chemical called methylglyoxal, which might give manuka honey an advantage. Some research, however, shows that it doesn’t necessarily have an edge over other varieties.

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