If you struggle with skin irritation or other skin problems, you may be surprised to learn that beeswax is one of your best options. Here’s why.
When the honeybees bring their nectar and pollen back to the hive, they need somewhere to store it and the honey they make from it. The solution is beeswax. Some of the worker bees at the hive will actually eat some of the honey and nectar so that their body can process it into beeswax. Some time after eating, the bees will begin to secrete wax from their abdomens as flakes. They then chew the wax flakes to make them soft and workable so they can use them to build their honeycombs. After filling the combs with honey, the bees cap off the end with another dose of beeswax. Part of the bee farmer’s honey-harvesting process includes removing those caps which are then melted down into cakes and sold to beeswax manufacturers.
One of biggest uses of beeswax is in the cosmetic industry. Beeswax is a favorite agent in many lotions and creams today because it helps users deal with various kinds of skin irritations. Several properties of beeswax allow it to help in this way. First, beeswax acts as a protectant. As a tough surfactant, beeswax forms a protective barrier on the skin, keeping out pathogens and irritants. This protective film, however, is still porous enough to allow your skin to breathe and get the oxygen that it needs. Beeswax has also been shown to effectively protect the soft skin of your lips. Medical clinics such as the Mayo Clinic commend beeswax-based lip balm for use on your lips during cold weather to prevent chapping.
Not only does beeswax keep out irritants, but it also keeps in moisture, retaining for your skin and lips the water that they need to remain healthy and soft. The emollient properties of the wax also bring to the skin additional moisture to keep it well hydrated. If your skin is irritated by perpetual dryness, beeswax is the perfect skin softener. Rough, dry skin will quickly change to soft, moist skin.
If your skin is already irritated with acne or eczema, beeswax can help to bring both short-term relief and long-term healing. As is the case with other beehive products such as royal jelly or honey, beeswax has anti-inflammatory properties. It can take away the redness of an infection, and reduce the uncomfortable irritation. Beeswax also has medicinal properties and brings to your skin the antiseptic treatment you need to reduce infection and bring long-term healing. A recent study in the Dubai Specialized Medical Center showed that a combination of beeswax, honey, and olive oil reduced the growth of Staphylococcus aureus, fungus, and bacteria. As an antibacterial agent, beeswax can even be effectively used to keep away diaper rash for babies.
Throughout the treatment process, the high vitamin A content in beeswax encourages skin cell production. As damaged skin cells are removed, new skin can grow in its place. This replacement process is essential to lasting healing and then to ongoing maintenance of healthy, non-irritated skin.
No one likes irritated skin. Not only does it feel uncomfortable, but also the accompanying redness of the infection can make your skin look blotchy and keep it from having the smooth resilience you desire. There are many varied causes for skin irritation, but the most common are treatable by products such as beeswax-based creams and lotions. Many cosmetic products today are using beeswax as a main ingredient for this very reason. Check the label the next time you shop for cosmetics and pick out a product that contains beeswax. It can bring you the relief you’ve been looking for. To get the maximum effects make sure your beeswax balm, salve or lotion does not contain and chemicals. The SweBee bee salve is completely chemical free.