Bees are hard workers, but did you know they even work hard to give you great skin? Bees have to ingest as much as 8 pounds of honey to produce one measly pound of beeswax! They even travel the equivalent of 6 early orbits to produce that 1 pound, according to the eHow article on beeswax.
For this, we should be grateful! We at 1 Skin use beeswax as one of the available wax bases for customized lip balms. We do so knowing all the great properties it provides.
Beeswax acts as a great moisturizer, because its natural properties act as a water repellent. It is even naturally sun-protecting. Finally, it combines other ingredients well and adheres more permanently to the skin surface, thus providing protection against harsh environmental damage. Think about it: bees use this wax for their home; it must provide superb protection!
Not only does it soften the skin, beeswax is also anti-inflammatory. It remains “biologically active” and thus remains anti-germicidal. The normal vitamin A it contains is retained even after it is processed; this is vital for cellular development. In fact, the world-renowned Mayo Clinic recommends lip balm made from beeswax for chapped lips.
We want to also clarify the misconception that beeswax clogs pores and encourages acne formation. This is simply not true! When beeswax is used properly in a natural fashion, beeswax should not irritate the skin OR clog pores, so make sure you do proper research into the quality of your skin care products!
Finally, if you suffer from allergic reactions to bee stings, you should err on the side of safety and avoid beeswax-based products. At 1 Skin, we offer 2 other wax bases (candelilia wax and petroleum jelly) and 2 butter bases (shea and cocoa) to allow you to customize your product. Keep reading our blog and we will feature these other wax / butter bases and their benefits, in the future, so you can select the one that fits YOU the most!