Do you like honey? You are very likely to do so (unless you are allergic), according to the statistics. In 2013, the Europeans consumed 362 000 tones of honey!
And the Americans consume approximately 1.3 pounds (600 grams) of honey per person annually!
Bees “produce” one more product, which is less popular than honey, but at least that powerful – beeswax! Beeswax skin benefits are enormous, and I will reveal them to you today. This is the agenda:
1. What is beeswax?
2. Main similarities and differences between beeswax and honey.
3. Which are beeswax properties and how good are they for your skin?
4. Is beeswax safe for skin?
5. How to prepare beeswax recipes for skin?
6. Beeswax for acne solutions.
7. How to use beeswax for skin in cosmetic products?
Are you interested? Let’s get the ball rolling!
What is beeswax?
Simply put, beeswax is a substance, produced by bees when they build their honeycomb. The bees use it to “stamp” the hexagonal cells, where honey is stored, to protect it from harmful “competitors.”
Its color may vary from almost white, to yellow and brownish. Beekeepers derive it, uncapping beeswax honeycombs with appropriate tools.
Beeswax is hard but elastic. The higher the melting temperature, the fewer admixtures it has.
Beeswax and honey
- They both come as a result of worker bees’ labor;
- They both have precious substances, some of them being equal;
- Beeswax and honey have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties for our body;
- They both can be used internally and externally.
- Honey is tasty and appropriate for eating, while beeswax has predominantly topical application;
- Beeswax is more dense than honey. It is hard for the stomach to digest, thus with lower nutrition value vs. honey;
- Beeswax works like a protective layer between your skin and the environment, unlike honey.
Tip: Chew beeswax instead of chewing gum. Thus you will keep your facial muscles fit while taking internally the best what beeswax can offer you.
Beeswax chemistry and benefits for skin
Beeswax contains two types of compounds, which make it a successful skin care tool.
1. Free fatty acids (around 12%), and their esters (about 67%):
- Palmitic acid (palmitate): An antioxidant and a source of vitamin A;
- Palmitoleic acid (palmitoleate): Omega-7 monounsaturated fatty acid, found in breast milk, as well;
- Oleic acid: Omega-9 monounsaturated fatty acid, decreasing bad (LDL) cholesterol, and balancing blood pressure;
2. Aliphatic hydrocarbons (around 14%).
What are beeswax benefits for skin?
1. It stimulates the immune system and strengthens the protection power of the body;
2. It hydrates the skin. Beeswax is a great moisturizer. Do you have dry skin that peels easily? Beeswax “stamps” the moisture, not letting it go away.
Just a historical reference – the Ancient Egyptians have used beeswax to embalm their Pharaohs, to lock in the moisture into the body;
3. It acts as analgetic – healing wounds and bruises;
4. It detoxifies cells. Beeswax facilitates throwing the harmful substances away and purifying the body;
5. It has anti-flu and anti-bacterial effect;
6. It opposes rheumatism and joint stiffness;
7. Its comedogenic rating is 2 (on 5 point scale, where 0 means “will not clog pores” and 5 means “high probability of clogging pores”).
Beeswax rating is moderate to low comedogenic, as it clogs pores to a small extent, which makes it an appropriate ingredient in anti-acne formulas. Vitamin A helps, as well;
8. It has an anti-aging effect. When your skin is covered with a protective beeswax layer, it slows down the aging process, without clogging the pores;
9. It reduces bad cholesterol;
10. It balances blood circulation;
11. It opposes psoriasis and eczema.
Well, you already know the answer to the question is beeswax good for your skin, and why. Now it’s time to learn how to utilize it with a DIY approach.
Beeswax skin care recipes
Tip: Materials, like stainless steel, aluminum, enamel, or wooden utensils, are preferable when you use beeswax. Otherwise, fatty acids may have an undesired reaction with other metals.
Recipe #1 Ointment for wounds
You need 1 teaspoon beeswax and 1 teaspoon flour.
Heat up the beeswax until it melts in a double boiler (or any other melting method you use). Do not expose beeswax directly to fire, use steam or hot water instead. Mix it with flour. Apply to the damaged area, and leave for 20 minutes, to feel the effect.
Recipe #2 Ointment for cracked heels
You need 2 tablespoons beeswax and 2 tablespoons olive oil.
Blend the ingredients and apply to the damaged area. If you have an additional quantity of the mixture, keep it in a dry and cold place.
Recipe #3 Inhalation for boosting your immune system, and for cold
You need 20 gr (0.7 oz) beeswax.
Melt the wax and inhale for 20 minutes the wax steam for relieving your symptoms and strengthening your immunity. Inhalation will open your pores and ease cleaning your facial skin.
Recipe #4 Anti-age mask for oily face skin
You need 1 teaspoon beeswax, 1 teaspoon honey, 1 teaspoon rosehip oil, 1 teaspoon wheat germ oil, 2 tablespoons lemon juice.
Blend all ingredients, while heating up the mixture on hot water for 30 seconds. Apply the warmed mask to your face for half an hour. Rinse with cool water.
Recipe #5 For dry, chapped face skin
You need 1 tablespoon (melted) beeswax, 1 tablespoon fresh carrot (or cucumber) juice.
Melt the beeswax, add the juice, and stir well. While the mask is warm, apply to damaged face skin area for 20 minutes. Mix the ingredients. Rinse with cool water.
Recipe #6 For loose skin
You need 1 tablespoon sour cream, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 teaspoon (melted) beeswax, 1 teaspoon lanolin, 1 tablespoon wheat germ oil.
Melt the beeswax, add lanolin and wheat germ oil. Blend lemon juice and sour cream, and mix everything. Apply to the damaged area for 20 minutes. Rinse with cool water.
Okay, but what if you want to use beeswax in professional cosmetic products?
How to use beeswax for skin in cosmetic products?
The unusual properties of beeswax are fully utilized and explored in natural cosmetics, and skin cleansing products. Blended with essential oils, carrier oils, natural extracts, based on proven formulas, beeswax plays a significant role in enhancing the overall effect.
You can find beeswax in products like face creams, body oils for scars, stretch marks and dehydrated skin, baby products (shampoos, anti-rash), lip balms, sun protection products, massage oils, face scrubs, hair masks and hair care products, hand and foot creams, soaps.
How to find good natural cosmetic products on the market? I have prepared for you some guidelines, which will get you on the right track.
Watch this quick video about amazing benefits of beeswax:
Your next step?
You already are familiar with 11 beeswax skin benefits. If you have to remember a few facts from this post, here are four key takeaways:
- Is beeswax skin safe? – Yes.
- Can you include beeswax in acne treating recipes? – Yes.
- Can you use beeswax for babies? – Yes.
- Does beeswax clog pores? – Rather not.
My recommendation is to TAKE ACTION and start using this fantastic natural “gift” from bees. Ancient people have done it. There is no reason to break that tradition.
I would love to hear from you! What do you think about beeswax? Do you (plan to) use it? Leave me a comment, and I will answer you!