The skincare and beauty industry has long been pumping out products with questionable and unknown synthetic ingredients (that aren't doing our skin any favors). Over recent years, a beauty revolution of sorts has swept through the skin care industry, with customers demanding transparency from brands as well as natural and safe ingredients. Plant-derived and other earthly elements such as aloe, coconut oil, and lavender have had a resurgence for a while now, with their labels not uncommonly flashing at us up and down drug store aisles. However, a new game-changer less seen has come to the market––propolis.
What is Propolis?
Propolis is an all-natural product created from the resins and balms that bees gather from plants and trees. A close cousin to honey, the sticky-to-firm substance often called "bee glue" supports the hive and helps maintain and protect its structure. Extra propolis from a hive can be sustainably harvested and extracted for its rich and potent compounds. In the case of skincare, its healing properties are known to make you look and feel as if you're radiating from within.
Benefits of Propolis
Have you ever needed an instant pick me up? Propolis is your sure-fire answer. With over 300 healing compounds, you'll feel invigorated and ready to tackle any day. Here are the three main benefits of propolis:
- Antibacterial and antifungal properties help damaged areas of the skin regenerate quickly, for example, by healing cuts, scrapes, and burns.
- Antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents keep the skin moist and restore natural skin tones by calming irritation-prone skin as well as soothing dry patches, redness, and inflammation.
- Vitamins and amino acids protect and renew skin as well as treat acne and other skin conditions caused by bacteria or fungal infection.
With its long history as a traditional medicine, propolis has helped us keep our minds and bodies rejuvenated and fresh for centuries. Egyptians were known to use propolis for embalming rituals, Greeks for its antibacterial properties in treating injuries, and Roman soldiers to heal battle wounds. Contemporarily, with modern practices, propolis can be harvested humanely and used to its full potential as a skin-strengthening and restorative agent. Don't wait; give your skin the gift of propolis––the all-natural gift that keeps on giving.