While not everyone may love bees, there’s no question that we all have a great deal of respect for them. Not only do they bring us delicious honey, and pollinate countless foods for us, they also produce countless natural ingredients that we enjoy both on our plates and on our skin. Beeswax is one such ingredient that, while it may get a bit less love than honey, most certainly deserves some time in the spotlight.
Beeswax is well known for its conditioning properties, and that’s why it is often found as the principal ingredient in everything from lip balm to lotions, but beeswax can also give your health a boost with a number of other benefits.
What is Beeswax?
Beeswax itself is a natural wax that is produced by honeybees. It is secreted from the glands that they have on the side of their body. The wax is scraped off and then chewed up and secreted onto the inside of their honeycomb. It’s in the honeycomb that it gradually hardens and becomes a protective lining, sealing in the cells where baby bees are being grown. That’s also where the honey is stored.
The hardened beeswax serves as a means of physical protection but it also helps keep the hive healthy, free of contaminants and infections. Throughout the centuries, people have harvested beeswax to enjoy its many benefits for themselves.
Beeswax candles are definitely one of the common applications for beeswax and they’re still popular today. They are even thought to be healthier than candles using other waxes because they do not produce byproducts or a heavy soot when they are burned. Plus, they help to naturally neutralize any pollutants in the surrounding air.
Back in ancient Egypt, people used beeswax so they could make paint. During Roman times, it took off for use as a skin softener. Now, scientists continue to study it for its potential to relieve pain, treat digestive ailments, and even lower cholesterol. In 2007, one study even found that it could be used to protect the health of your liver. But, back to skincare…
What Benefits Come with Beeswax?
The cosmetic industry absolutely loves beeswax! Not only is it natural and non-toxic, but it also benefits the skin through various formulas. As one example, it often is used as a thickening agent which makes it ideal for creams that need to be easily spreadable on your skin.
Beeswax is definitely protective, which means it acts as a barrier when you apply it to the skin. This keeps your skin safe from environmental assaults while also reducing your skin’s dryness and helping it hold in the moisture. That’s why beeswax is so favored for use in lip products.
However, unlike petroleum-based ingredients, beeswax allows the skin to breathe and it also will not clog up your pores. Beeswax is also a humectant, which means it attracts water molecules to keep the skin hydrated. Plus, beeswax has lots of Vitamin A, which is important for skin rejuvenation. These are some of the reasons why you will find this wonderful ing.
The scent of beeswax also adds to its popularity as it has a naturally light honey fragrance. The pleasant and light aroma makes it a favorite in all sorts of skincare products, and did we mention it will soothe itchy and irritated skin? There’s practically nothing it won’t do for your skin’s health.