Maja Lunde wrote a fantastic novel, “The History of Bees,” and reading it made me rethink the importance of bees on Earth. They mean a lot to us and the environment. If bees disappeared, something dramatic would happen: the production of fruits, vegetables, or nuts that depend on bees would suddenly fall off. The economy would be affected too, and many sorts of foods would disappear. But bees’ role goes far beyond their role in the ecosystem. For instance, bee products constitute an essential component of skincare formulations. Hence, today we focus entirely on beeswax and its benefits for glowing and healthy skin.
How beeswax is obtained
Beeswax is an ingredient that bees produce to form honeycombs’ structure giving them the protection they need to stay in perfect condition. Specifically, the wax is produced in the glands located in the abdomen of bees. Its production requires a significant effort since to produce 1 kg of wax, a bee must consume between 4-12 kg of honey. The honey is removed from honeycombs through a heating process.
Beeswax benefits for skin
Beeswax plays the most important role as an emulsifier of cosmetics, but it also stands out for being very rich in antioxidant compounds and vitamin A. Biological properties of beeswax are related to flavonoids, which are known to contain a high concentration of antioxidants that help neutralize free-radicals in the environment. Among flavonoids, the main role is played by chrysin, which relieves inflammation, has antimicrobial and regenerative effects on the skin.
Also, beeswax has fatty acids components, ideal for hydration. Plus, it has lubricating, softening activities, and reduces transepidermal water loss from the skin. The International Bee Research Association studied beeswax and found that “it builds stable emulsions; improves water binding of creams, gives the skin a protective layer and improves its elasticity; improves the sun creams protective action against UV.” Want to discover more? Below are the main benefits of beeswax for the skin:
Moisturizing and nourishing
Beeswax has the ability to hold in natural moisture and create a protective layer on the skin, which prevents skin dehydration. Moreover, beeswax can protect the skin from the damage that external agents can cause and keep it well moisturized and incredibly soft.
If you didn’t know, beeswax actually has potent healing properties that help reduce the visibility of those marks left by wounds or acne on the skin. This, added to its moisturizing effects, makes it also an excellent natural remedy to eliminate stretch marks.
Brightens the skin
Beeswax also helps to unify the tone of the dermis, reducing the coloration of those areas that tend to darken easier. Applied as a mask or cream, beeswax provides an extra luminosity and leaves the skin with a radiant appearance and without impurities.
Preserves the skin’s youthfulness
Beeswax act as an excellent anti-aging product! In a famous medicine book, “The Shen Nong Book of Herbs,” beeswax was recognized as a top medicinal ingredient and was praised for its beneficial effects on blood and energy systems. The author relates beeswax to beauty enhancement and anti-aging treatments. Beeswax’s properties slow down the action of free radicals, which cause premature aging, and the cells that make up the skin to oxidize, leaving behind the appearance of wrinkles.
Soothes irritated skin
It has analgesic, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties, allowing damaged skin to heal faster and relieve irritation, redness, and itching.
How to DIY
Now, you’ll learn how to create your homemade products with beeswax. These are easy recipes that you can use to deeply moisturize your skin. And guess what? They work wonderfully and won’t break the bank.
Cream with beeswax and olive oil
Olive oil is rich in vitamins, including A, D, and K, as well as vitamin E, has antioxidants properties, moisturizes, and fights bacteria. A lot of reasons to include it in our DIY receipt, right? Well, to make this super moisturizing and nourishing beeswax and olive oil cream, you must first gather the following ingredients:
- 250ml of mineral or distilled water
- 250ml of olive oil
- 30g beeswax
- a few drops of essential oil
First, you will have to melt the beeswax together with the olive oil in a bain-marie. Slowly stir both ingredients until you see that everything has dissolved. Then, remove it from the heat and wait for it to cool. After that, in the blender’s glass, pour the water with a few drops of the selected essential oil and beat for a few seconds. Then add the mixture of oil and beeswax and beat again until you get a thick mixture. Keep it in the fridge until it solidifies a bit more, and you can use it as a moisturizer.
Cream with aloe vera and beeswax
An ideal cream to moisturize the skin and promote damaged tissue regeneration that acts very well against stretch marks and wrinkles. For this DIY recipe, you need the following:
- 2 tablespoons of grated beeswax
- 1/4 cup Aloe Vera gel
- 1/4 cup distilled water
- 2 tablespoons of Honey
- 2 tablespoons of Olive oil
- 1/2 cup moisturizer
Heat the beeswax in the bain-marie, and when it melts, add the aloe vera, water, honey, and olive oil. Mix all the ingredients and remove the pot from the heat. Beat everything with the mixer and add the moisturizer. When everything is integrated, pour it into a bowl and keep it in the fridge until it thickens a little. Use it once a week for radiant skin.
How to make lip balm with beeswax
You can also make your lip balm with beeswax to moisturize your lips at any time and prevent them from drying out and cracking easily. What you need:
- 3 tablespoons of Beeswax
- 1 tablespoon of Honey
- 1/2 small spoonful of Almond oil
First, melt the beeswax in the bain-marie. Then, add the honey and stir both ingredients as you add them. Now add the almond oil and mix again for a few seconds. Pour the mixture into a small bowl and let it solidify for a few hours. When it’s solid, you can use it as a lip balm.
Beeswax has emollient, anti-aging, soothing, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and regenerating properties, so it’s an element that we can incorporate into our beauty routine to provide better skincare. Enjoy your natural skincare.