What are the benefits of using beeswax on your skin?
First of all….what is beeswax?
Beeswax is formed in the body of worker bees. It forms in little flakes on their abdomens and the bees chew these flakes to mix them with pollen and propolis (known as bee glue- formed from tree and plant resins) to make beeswax.
Bees use beeswax to create the hexagonal honey comb in which to raise their offspring and store honey. This hexagonal shape is the shape that uses the least amount of wax to store the largest amount of honey.
In other words, bees are very efficient.
Once the bees have stored the honey in their honeycomb cells, they then use more beeswax to cap each cell and contain the honey.
When honey is taken from the hives by the beekeeper, these caps are removed to release the honey and these “cappings” are then melted down to be used in our skincare balms
Just like honey, Beeswax varies in color, depending on various factors related to the bees themselves as well as the flowers from which the honey is derived. This determines the color of our balms. Sometimes they are brilliant yellow and other times, they are much paler.
Why use Beeswax on your skin?
So many reasons!
Used cosmetically, Beeswax:
hydrates, soothes and calms the skin without clogging pores
It repairs damage, promotes skin’s regeneration, diminishes the appearance of the signs of aging, soothes itchiness and irritation, and creates a hydrating, long-lasting protective barrier against environmental pollution
Beeswax helps soothe and facilitate the healing of abrasions. It prevents harmful bacteria from entering the body through chapped and broken skin and it provides the skin with a layer of protection against external irritants.
Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties benefit those who suffer from topical allergies or skin ailments, such as eczema and rosacea.
Beeswax has a long history in skincare
One of the first recordings of beeswax was made 2000 years ago, in China, in one of the country’s most famous medical books, known as The Shennong Book of Herbs. The record outlined the positive effects that Beeswax had on the circulatory system, energy levels, and wound healing. It was also reported to have an anti-aging effect on the appearance of the complexion
Beeswax was used by the ancient Sumerians and Egyptians to make skin salves. And, in 200BC Galen was reported to have made the first “cold cream” (moisturizer and cleanser) from beeswax, rose oil and water. More recently in the 17th and 18th centuries, the best night cream for women was considered to be a mixture of rosewater, sweet almond oil and beeswax.
It was only with the advent of petroleum that we moved away from using these natural beeswax balms on our faces.
I have noticed a huge interest from the public in returning to these more natural, traditional products that has stood the test of time
You can find beeswax in our Beebalm, Honey bee balm, meditation balm and honey lip balm