Ingredient Spotlight: Why the Many Skin Care Benefits of Honeysuckle are as Sweet as its Scent

By August 1, 2018

Why is honeysuckle extract great for tackling so many skin concerns? Since it’s really easy to become overwhelmed when searching for a new product, Ingredient Spotlight is here to break down the basics. Here we’ll teach you how an ingredient works and leave you with product recommendations to help you with your search.

I’d venture to guess that you know what honeysuckle smells like. The heady, slightly citrus-y, 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 hummingbirds.

It turns out that the flower’s skin care benefits are just as sweet.

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 Floral Essential Serum, which was newly curated on Soko Glam. 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 delightfully sweet.

The Manefit Lavender sheet mask, found in the brand’s Beauty Planner Lavender Sheet Mask Set, employs honeysuckle extract for its soothing and anti-aging benefits.

Bottom Line

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.

+Have you tried a product that contains honeysuckle extract before? Share your favorites below!

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