Honey is a viscous liquid and comes from both the nectar of flowers and from the secretions of honey bees. Honey typically contains water and naturally occurring sugars. These sugars can be broken down into fructose, glucose, and sucrose. Honey also contains varying levels of beeswax.
In cosmetics, honey is typically used as a humectant and skin conditioner. It is frequently found in products designed to enhance moisture levels in skin. Honey also exhibits antibacterial properties resulting from the presence of hydrogen peroxide and honey's naturally acidic pH.
Honey is an animal by-product and products containing this ingredient should not be used by consumers seeking vegan-certifiable cosmetics.
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