Though honey may be their most popular product, known for its health and skin care benefits, bees product another substance that works great for our skin—beeswax.
Honeybees produce a natural wax, secreting it from glands on the sides of their bodies. They then scrape the wax off, chew it up and secrete it to the inside of the honeycomb. There, it gradually hardens into a protective lining for the cells where the baby bees are grown and the honey is stored. This hardened material not only serves as a physical protection, but also helps keep the hive free of infections and other contaminants.
Beeswax has been used over the centuries initially to make candles, which it is still used for today. Ancient Egyptians used beeswax to make paint for their artists, and during Roman times, it was also used as a skin softener. Today scientists are studying beeswax for its potential to lower cholesterol, relieve pain, and treat digestive ailments.
Benefits to the Skin
The beauty industry loves beeswax, because not only is natural and non-toxic, it also provides amazing benefits to the skin. It help thicken creams to make them easier to use and more spreadable on the skin.
Here are some benefits of beeswax:
- Eczema: is a skin condition that causes an itchy rash on the skin. beeswax act as an antiseptic to keep the infection from spreading while actively eliminates it.
- Stretch Mark: weight loss/gain and pregnancy often result in ugly stretch marks on the skin. Beeswax helps prevents and heals these marks naturally.
- Acne: Beeswax will soften the skin with an emollient effect that gives a fresh and restored look.
- Protective: when applied to the skin, beeswax forms a protective barrier that helps protect it from environmental stressors, while also holding in moisture and reducing dryness. This is one of the reasons beeswax is often used in lip balms. Unlike ingredients made from petroleum, however, beeswax won’t clog pores.
- Humectant: some ingredients “attract” water, and beeswax is one of them. When you put it on, you attract water molecules, helping to keep skin hydrated over time.
- Vitamin A: beeswax helps exfoliation and can rejuvenate your look.
- Fragrance: beeswax has a natural honey fragrance, and is a favorite in soaps and perfumes because of its pleasant, light aroma.
- Soothes temporary itching: If you suffer from dry skin itching or sensitive skin, beeswax is for you. Because beeswax is anti-allergenic, it is also easily tolerated by even those with reactive skin.
Do you use beeswax for other benefits? Feel free to share your beauty tips and suggestions!