Guerlain has been harnessing the power of honey as a skin healer in face cream for over eight years now. Not only for its powerful natural healing benefits but as a firming treatment for ageing skin. To cement their research into the healing properties of honey, Guerlain has gleaned the work of Professor Bernard Descottes, head of the transplant and visceral surgery, and Professor Desmoulière, a physiology professor at the University of Science and Technology in France. This team have researched the effects that honey bandages have had in over 3,000 patients, and found they aid skin repair and skin rejuvenation. Taking these findings they have used honey and royal jelly in the skincare line, Abeille Royale. Known as 'golden nectar,' the formulation is prepared with honey extracts from a black bee that forages on a pristine nature reserve on the island of Ouessant, off the coast of Brittany in France. Once it produces honey free from any pollution or intensive farming, it has a slightly salty taste; that's rich in minerals and trace elements, including sodium, magnesium, calcium, selenium and silicon, as well as amino acids. So it's no surprise that when whipped into the day and night creams, it becomes ultra nourishing for the face, ideal for firming and lifting ageing skin - not to mention the divine texture and scent - we call this top-shelf skincare.