Mind your Beeswax

Bobbie Hershey

Beeswax might be an overlooked ingredient but it boasts a huge amount of benefits for your skin and hair.

Beeswax is found in a lot of beauty products, and that's because it has a variety of different benefits for your skin and hair. One of the main reasons is because it's completely natural. Beeswax is made by young female worker bees through their mirror glands and they place it into six-sided honeycomb cells. The beeswax acts as tiny storage units for honey until a beekeeper comes to extract the liquid. The beekeeper then melts and purifies it to the type of beeswax you see in many soaps and skin care products. Incidentally, beeswax is actually edible, but ingesting it by eating doesn't have the same beauty benefits you would get from incorporating it into your beauty routine. Beeswax in beauty has been around for centuries, dating back to Germany in the 6th/7th century AD, and clearly this ingredient has the staying power to last years.

One of the main uses beeswax is known for is as a moisturizer. It acts as a humectant, drawing moisture to the skin and locking it in, therefore aiding in absorption. Unlike petroleum-based chemicals added to many moisturizing products, beeswax contains Vitamin A, which provides a long-lasting effect by sealing moisture into your skin, and remains biologically "alive" even after it is processed. The Vitamin A also helps in cell reconstruction and maintaining healthy skin.

In addition to making your skin softer, beeswax can also heal it when damaged. It has anti-allergenic, anti-inflammatory and germicidal antioxidant properties, which can all help in acting like a salve to treat wounds and heal rashes.

Surprisingly, beeswax also has antibacterial properties. In a 2005 study at Dubai Specialized Medical Center, researchers combined honey, olive oil and beeswax then applied it to petri dishes which contained bacteria and fungus. Scientists found the mixture inhibited the growth of the bacteria and fungus, thus proving successful in treating the pesky microbes.

And one other tip for beeswax - it works wonders on hair. Like on skin, it moisturizes your scalp and keeps the moisture from escaping from locks. It also can help stimulate hair growth, but just remember a little goes a long way.

Article found from http://www.tv3.ie/xpose/article/beauty/193773/Mind-your-Beeswax


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