I was watching the Bee Movie with my little boy and was thinking all about the wonderful uses of Beeswax. Barry – The main Honey Bee is my son’s favorite character and we have watched the movie so many times that we remember all the dialogues by heart. Trust me, you can give me the role of Barry and I promise, I won’t disappoint :). Do you know, Beeswax has been used topically on the skin since ancient Egyptian times? It is a tried and tested method of naturally moisturizing and repairing the skin. Though there isn’t any research-based evidence backing it, many people believe that honey and beeswax help with skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.
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, skincare, and body care products. Beeswax is the purest and most natural of all waxes.
Types of Beeswax
There are three main types of beeswax: yellow, white, and absolute. Yellow beeswax is the unrefined, raw wax that comes directly from the honeycomb. When Yellow Beeswax undergoes either a chemical bleaching process or a non-chemical filtering process using carbon filters, we get White Beeswax. The yellow wax that has been treated with alcohol is called Beeswax absolute.
Benefits of Beeswax
- Beeswax is rich in vitamins, especially vitamin A. It helps in regenerating the skin and fights signs of ageing.
- It helps to prevent damage from UV radiation.
- It helps in treating cuts, scrapes, bruises, rashes.
- It is great for sensitive skin.
- Beeswax contains natural anti-inflammatory compounds that help in treating skin inflammation particularly for skin conditions like dermatitis, eczema, and psoriasis. It calms redness and irritation.
- Beeswax is a natural healing ingredient and helps in treating cracked and damaged skin. A beeswax lip balm is typically used to treat cracked lips.
- Makeup that contains beeswax, is water-resistant and has incredible staying power.
- 100% beeswax candles, on the other hand, burn cleanly and slowly. They are not harmful to your health or your home.
Uses of Beeswax
For homes, beeswax candles are preferred because they have a slow, clean burn. However, the use of beeswax is not limited to candles anymore. As a medicine, beeswax is used for relieving pain and lowering cholesterol levels. It is also used for reducing inflammation, treating ulcers, and diarrhea. It is widely used in Skincare and Makeup. White beeswax pellets are the most commonly used type for skincare and cosmetic products. Growing up, I remember my mum used to apply honey as face masks. She loved making masks using ingredients from her kitchen. I do not have that much patience so I opt for my skin and body care with beeswax or honey in them to make sure my skin is well nourished. One of my faves is from a Greek skincare brand Apvita Royal Honey Shower Gel that locks moisture into the skin and leaves my body intensely nourished. Beeswax works wonders in lipsticks making them very moisturizing and comfortable on the lips. If used in Mascaras, it strengthens the lashes and also helps in holding the curl better. It gives a creamy texture to foundations and eyeshadows. Overall, there are so many uses of Beeswax in beauty products.
Until next time, Ashh xo
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