Have you tried Black Bee skincare? Guerlain’s luxurious Abeille Royale skincare range is proving the age-old healing benefits of honey are proving to have remarkable properties in fighting the signs of skin aging. And it is several colonies of rare Black Bees that live on a pristine island off the coast of France that are making the Guerlain research and development team particularly excited.
Honey has been revered for centuries for its ability to promote skin healing. The ancient Egyptians used to use it not only for medicinal purposes but in beauty treatments as well. Bees produce this sweet substance from the sugary secretions of plants (floral nectar) and store it in wax structures called honeycomb. It gets its sweetness from monosaccharides fructose and glucose and has a similar sweetness to granulated sugar. Now here’s what you may not know about honey. Most microorganisms do not grow in honey, so sealed honey does not spoil, even after thousands of years. This single fact makes it of interest to skin scientists.
About 10 years ago, Guerlain’s head scientist, Dr. Frederic Bonte, decided to take a closer look at the healing properties of honey. He collaborated with Professor Desmouliere, professor of physiology and specialist in tissue repair at the University of Limages’ Pharmacy Faculty. Guerlain’s research revealed that the scar healing process and the way signs of skin ageing are repaired share common features. This led to the creation of the Abeille Royale skincare collection of age-defying skincare products made from a very special honey and ingredients from the beehive.
It is on the French island of Ouessant, situated 18 kilometres off the coast of France where Guerlain found the purest source of honey – a Unesco-designated landmark unspoiled by human activity. There, wild Black Bees flourish and produce powerful honey and royal jelly that is essential to Guerlain’s Black Bee Technology. These ingredients have been proven to help fight the signs of skin aging such as sagging skin, the appearance of wrinkles, uneven skin tone and diminish the look of pores.
The most exciting discovery from the Black Bee research is that honey has the ability to not only fight the signs of skin aging, but target imperfections as well. Combination skin which can lead to areas of excess sebum is unbalanced skin. This can weaken the skin barrier. This new generation of Abeille Royale creams tackles both skin concerns in one formula – younger-looking skin with fewer imperfections.
For those who like a matte texture to their products, there is a new Abeille Royale Mattifying Day Cream. It’s ideal for anyone with oily or combination skin who is looking for an anti-aging cream. You’ll notice more youthful, balanced-looking skin in as little as a week. The look of firmer skin is evident after a month of use.
The Day Cream incorporates Black Bee Repair Technology with Vitamin C to help activate cell activity and promote a more radiant complexion.
There is even a Rich Day Cream for those with dry skin looking for more hydration and moisture. This is particularly good for those very cold winter months when humidity levels drop drastically.
The Night Cream promotes skin repair while you sleep with a powerful dose of Vitamin E for better skin elasticity. The Ouessant honey combats the enzymes known to lead to elastin deterioration.
In keeping with Guerlain’s respect for its Black Bees, the bottle has been redesigned to be more eco-friendly. There are new jars using Infini Neo glass from the brand’s packaging partner, Verenscence which are lighter, more compact and use 90% recycled glass. The product reduces its annual carbon footprint by 44%. That is definitely something that would make all skincare and bee enthusiasts very happy to hear.
Guerlain Abeille Royale Expert Creams are available at Hudson’s Bay stores and Beauty Boutiques.