Everyone knows the sweetness bees bring with their honey production. It’s a healthy sweetener that comes naturally, with a bounty of health benefits. But even better than raw honey itself is another magical gift that bees produce called propolis.
This compound is created when bees combine beeswax, sap, and other discharges, forming a sticky, greenish-brown substance. The bees coat their hives in it for protection from invaders, but we can use that same substance in skincare for more “bee”-utiful skin.
People of ancient times seemed to know the power of the bees from their honey to their propolis. In fact, propolis has been used medicinally since even before 350 BC! In Ancient Greece, it was used to treat abscesses while Assyrians used it for healing wounds. And Cleopatra herself used it on her skin to preserve her beauty. At the time it was an innovative thought as propolis had largely been used in embalming and mummification processes.
Fast-forward to modern times where science has now been able to confirm what the ancients seemed to instinctively know. Propolis has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. It also has powerful antioxidants. While propolis, like honey itself, varies in content on region, it contains over 300 different beneficial compounds including polyphenols and flavonoids.
Balance And Soothe Skin
As propolis is great for healing and restoration, it’s wonderful for balancing and soothing skin. It speeds up cell turnover and clears out pores for beautiful skin all around. What’s more, propolis is a natural sealant. This helps your skin to retain more moisture which in turn, brings balance to the skin, revealing a healthier and more radiant complexion.
Sensitive skin woes? Propolis is an ideal ingredient in your skincare regimen. It’s anti-inflammatory so it soothes and quells problematic skin, even skin that is prone to acne. It’s also great in anti-aging skin treatments to help smooth away wrinkles and fine lines.
Propolis is a germ of an ingredient created by bees that helps with overall better health, especially when it comes to skin. Skin always needs antioxidants for protection from free radicals to keep up a youthful appearance. You can ingest it to get the benefits of propolis from the inside out, helping the rest of your body thrive in the process. Or you can seek it out in topical forms to smooth onto skin for impeccably natural beauty.
With creations from bees, you’ll always “bee” your most beautiful of all. Propolis is a winning ingredient that will change the way your skin looks and feels for the better!
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Jennifer Raskin is a freelance writer, wife and mom that loves cold weather despite her location in Florida, cooking, reading, watching ‘80s movies, weight-lifting, and wine tasting.
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