Bees and beauty

~ M.K.

Bee products have long been a significant ingredient in beauty products. We know from ancient records that Cleopatra used honey for her baths, while beeswax was an important ingredient in the first creams whose recipes were compiled by the famous Roman physician Galen. Beeswax is still very important in the cosmetics industry and can be found in various creams, while honey and royal jelly are again becoming important ingredients in both industrial cosmetics and those that are prepared in small batches by hand. Honey was used by ancient peoples to make preparations for skin hydration and healing of skin injuries. Filtered honey is even today an integral part of various hand care products, face masks, preparations for depilation, soaps and hair lotions. Quaternized honey has the property of penetrating the hair shaft, so it is often used in shampoos and hair conditioners.

How do bee products help the skin?

Skin, the largest human organ; thin shell that covers our body and protects it from external influences and dehydration, is elastic and constantly renewed. It is affected by weather and heat changes, as well as changes in our body. If we want these effects, including skin ageing, to be as inconspicuous as possible, the skin should be protected and cared for, especially facial skin.

The skin consists of the epidermis, dermis and subcutaneous tissue, but as it is not the same in all people we are often talking about different skin types. Normal-skin is velvety, with no acne and even in colour. It is well supplied with blood and has a beautiful pink complexion. It does not require special care until about the age of 30, and then it begins to change, usually into skin characterized by slightly more pronounced dryness. Special care is required for skin prone to inflammation and acne and ageing skin. They (as well as other skin types) can be helped by valuable compounds from beehives, such as - propolis.

Propolis: the first line of skin defence

Propolis is the term for the sticky resin obtained from the plant secretions of various types of trees, which bees use to seal their habitats and protect them from natural enemies. Propolis is one of the most effective naturally occurring antibiotics that protects the bee community from infections - namely, in summer tens of thousands of bees live together in a cramped hive space, which requires impeccable cleanliness.

It is used in cosmetics due to its bacteriostatic and bactericidal action, especially on G+ bacteria, which are common causes of infections of the skin and mucous membranes. It also acts on Candida albicans, and is believed to inhibit the development of some viruses and stimulate the proliferation of epidermal cells, which regenerates the skin and has an anti-inflammatory effect.

The beneficial effects of propolis on the skin are due to various acids (the best known is acetylsalicylic acid) a high concentration of flavonoids and over 270 minerals, vitamins and trace elements present as a unique combination of ingredients.

Experience the benefits of propolis on your skin with our effective and versatile Propolis ointment from the original recipe. This ointment is an ideal choice for daily care of all skin types, especially young skin, problematic skin, skin prone to infections and acne, and dry, chapped skin of hands and feet. The user's experience also testifies to the positive effect in the treatment of hemorrhoids and minor wounds (cuts, blisters, etc.) and burns, which is why it is especially recommended for those who work a lot with their hands and spend time in nature.

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