Most of us who prefer natural ingredients love the work that bees do. 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.
Known mostly for its conditioning properties, beeswax also has a number of other benefits for the skin, including an action that helps to calm and soothe.
Another amazing ingredient made by bees,
beeswax helps soften and soothe skin.
A little bit about the ingredient itself
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.
Internal health benefits of beeswax
Beeswax has been widely used over the centuries for a number of reasons, most commonly to make candles, which it is still used for today. In fact, beeswax candles are thought to be healthier than most, since they don’t produce toxic byproducts and heavy soot when burned, and they also help neutralize pollutants in the air.
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. A 2007 study also found that a purified constituent of beeswax may protect liver health because of the antioxidant effects.
Benefits to the skinThe cosmetics industry loves beeswax because not only is it natural and non-toxic, it provides benefits to the skin and to various types of formulas. It’s a “thickening agent,” for instance, which means that it can help thicken creams to make them easier to use and more spreadable on the skin.
Here are some of the more potent benefits of beeswax:
- Protective: When applied to the skin, beeswax forms a protective barrier that helps protect it from environmental assaults, 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 doesn’t “suffocate” the skin, and 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: A good source of this vitamin, beeswax helps exfoliation and can rejuvenate your look.
- Fragrance: We always say there’s no reason to use harsh chemicals to make products smell good. Natural ingredients work so much better! 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.
Here at Beeswax, we’ve combined both beeswax and olive oil, where they naturally work together to hydrate, soothe, and soften skin, while delivering key nutrients that help keep your skin looking its best even after you regularly apply the creams. Try it and let us know what you think.
Do you use beeswax for other benefits? Please share your tips.
Beeswax is no longer just for candles and furniture wax, it’s time to wake up to the incredible benefits of Beeswax in natural and organic make-up products like foundation, mascara and lipstick.
Beeswax consists of a mixture of plant wax, pollen and a secretion from the gland on the underside of the bee and is perfectly adapted for use in natural make-up and skin care products.
With bee populations dwindling, now is the crucial time to invest in their future. One way you can do this is by using products that support beekeepers and their hives all over the world. Like our sister company, Bee WARE supplies bee courses, bee books and bee tools to beekeepers!
Benefits of Beeswax
If helping to protect our bees isn’t enough of a reason for you to make the switch, here are our top 5 amazing benefits of Beeswax worth getting excited about.
1) Get natural staying-power
Make-up that contains Beeswax has incredible natural staying power. The molecular structure of Beeswax makes it ideal for anchoring make-up products to your skin, meaning those with oily complexions don't have to worry about their foundation slipping and sliding during the day.
Having Beeswax in your make-up also means you needn’t use synthetic primers that contain pore-blocking silicone that prevents skin from breathing.
Your make-up will stay looking freshly applied all day with no need for touch-ups.
2) Beat the elements
We’ve all made the mistake of carefully applying mascara, only to realise later that the rainy dash to the bus stop has left unsightly black smudges down our cheeks.
High street water-proof mascaras often contain lash-drying alcohol that can lead to brittleness and breakage, but a naturally water-resistant mascara containing organic Beeswax leaves lashes nourished, as well as protected from the elements.
Beeswax acts as a natural water resistant barrier to keep your make-up looking polished, even if the weather takes an unexpected turn for the worse!
3) Lock in skin’s hydration
Not only does Beeswax help to keep water out, it also helps keep water in. By acting as a protective, breathable layer on the skin’s surface, beeswax helps to lock in moisture for soft, supple, hydrated skin.
Some high street make-up products can be extremely drying for the skin, especially those in loose powder forms. Choosing organic make-up that contains Beeswax helps to keep skin in its natural balance for a healthy, radiant complexion.
4) Gorgeously creamy texture
Adding Beeswax to powder types of make-up such as foundations, eyeshadows and blushers, gives these formulas a wonderfully creamy texture. This means that unlike some mainstream powders, these products won’t cling, crease or accentuate dry patches on the skin, giving a smooth finish with a dewy glow.
The creamy texture of make-up products containing Beeswax makes them very easy to apply and to get your desired even coverage. This natural ingredient makes our make-up products ideal for those with dry, sensitive skin who need light, non-irritating formulas that also allow the skin to breathe.
5) Protect against environmental damage
The natural barrier properties of Beeswax also help to protect the skin from environmental damage, such as traffic pollution and cigarette smoke.
When these forms of pollution touch the skin, they can spawn damaging free-radicals, which are known to be a factor in causing premature skin ageing.
Applying make-up products that contain Beeswax forms a protective layer on the skin’s surface, preventing pollution from touching the skin which helps to stop the formation of skin-ageing free radicals.
This preventative layer of Beeswax is particularly good as it doesn’t block the pores and won’t stop the skin from being able to breathe.
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