For years, we’ve been using honey to treat various skin and health issues. From adding it to our skincare for clearer skin to consuming it to flush out toxins from the body—the list is endless. But now there’s another bee-based ingredient that’s stealing the spotlight and no, it’s not a newly discovered product. We’re talking about Propolis. This ingredient has been used for thousands of years to treat various skin and hair issues and now, thanks to social media (& K-Beauty), it is gaining worldwide popularity. So, what is propolis and what magical properties does it contain?
What Is Propolis?
When beeswax produced by honeybees and tree sap mix together, you get this waxy substance. To be specific, this substance is made by bees when the beeswax, saliva, and plant materials are all combined together. This mixture is rich in antioxidants, antimicrobial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory properties, making it a must-have ingredient when it comes to healing wounds and treating skin and dental infections. But you don't need to go to a bee farm to get your hands on this product. Nowadays it's a go-to ingredient in many skincare products, and finding propolis-enriched toners, creams and moisturisers isn't very difficult. Just like honey, this ingredient can be used to treat everything from acne to bacterial infections to cold sores and even burns.
Propolis Beauty Benefits
Just like honey, propolis can be your skin’s saviour, regardless of your skin type. Here are some ways you can treat your skin, dental and hair woes with this magical product.
(Note: Before trying any new product, it’s always beneficial to check with a medical professional first to avoid any further issues)
Propolis is rich in anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, so if you’re dealing with minor cuts, scrapes and bruises, applying this ingredient can help treat the wound. Propolis is also rich in bioactive components which encourage quicker skin cell turnover and heal the wound faster.
Nobody likes dealing with acne and for some of us, we need to deal with the aftermath of these pesky little zits as well. Acne can cause scarring, pigmentation and other skin issues if not cared for properly--here’s where propolis comes to the rescue. Continuous use of this product can eliminate any acne aftermath and leave you with radiant skin.
Since propolis is rich in antimicrobial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties, it can be used to treat skin issues like eczema and psoriasis. While those with severe conditions will need to seek help from a medical professional, for others, it can be the natural alternative you’ve been searching for.
We weren’t lying when we said that this natural ingredient has a never-ending list of benefits. Aside from treating skin issues, propolis can also be used to improve your dental health. Since it has anti-inflammatory properties, it can be used to treat post-treatment complications like inflammation.
Keeps Hair And Nails Healthy
If you’re looking for a natural alternative for hair loss and healthy nails, give this ingredient a shot. Whether you choose to apply it directly to your scalp or nails or you consume it, propolis can help elevate your beauty and make you feel comfortable in your own skin.
Bees play an important role in the ecosystem and have so many health benefits, that's why we need to #SaveOurBees.