Beauty and the Bees
Bees are the tiny superheroes responsible for pollinating our beautiful gardens and making the delicious nectar of the gods known as honey. But did you know they are actually the world’s original beauty gurus? It’s true! Bees are responsible for a litany of ingredients found in your favorite skincare and makeup products. The byproducts of honey production and flower pollination are instrumental in bringing you the soft, clear skin that you crave. So why bother with the overly processed, overpriced cosmetic products with chemicals you can’t pronounce when you can go straight to the source? Here are 4 ways to totally revamp your beauty routine by swapping in products made by bees.
Royal Jelly in Face Cleansers
Royal jelly is a secretion left behind by worker bees in the production of honey and is packed with amino acids, proteins, carbohydrates, fats, and vitamins B1, B2, and B6. Wow! There is a reason you can find this as an ingredient in the best all natural cleansers on the market, because the nutrients found in royal jelly can help prevent that icky dryness on the top layer of your skin that comes after using some cleansers. As an added bonus, you can work royal jelly into your diet for other benefits. Some studies have linked the consumption of royal jelly with the improved regulation of glucose in the body, which may be of interest to diabetics.
Sub Beeswax for Chapstick
Beeswax is a great, all natural (and cheap!) way to keep your lips from drying out without falling into the addictive pattern of chapstick application. We have all been there: buying a tube of chapstick to help “cure” dry lips only to find that our lips have become so reliant on the chapstick itself that they’re constantly in need of—you guessed it—more chapstick! It is a disturbing cycle, and it is one we should not participate in lightly. It can’t be healthy to keep your lips in a constant state of artificial moisture. After applying your all nature moisturizer, slather on some beeswax to seal in moisture and keep your lips from drying out.
If you are disgusted by the idea of dipping dirty fingers into a tub of beeswax (ew) whenever your lips need a pick-me-up, or you just don’t have time for a DIY, there are a litany of beeswax-based chapsticks on the market that will keep you safe from the addictive cycle caused by other brands. As always—pay attention to the ingredients list!
Honey as Anti-Microbial Face Mask
Even natural beauty novices have likely heard the skincare benefits of honey. Honey is a humectant, which means it will draw moisture to itself (or your skin). Plus, the low pH-level of honey and its high sugar content are thought to make honey effective in the fight against microbial growth. What does this mean in the fight for clear skin? This means you can put honey to work against acne! Try one of the many natural face mask recipes online that incorporate honey and other readily found pantry goods, or make one of your own with honey as a base!
Combination of Products for Moisturizing and Scar Reduction
Royal jelly, beeswax, and honey—all great additions and substitutions for other products in your all natural beauty routine, but wait until you put them all together! All of these components made by bee can work together to create the best skin cream and facial treatment you have ever experienced. The result is celebrity photoshoot-worthy skin with none of the nasty chemicals found in most store-bought moisturizers or facial creams. The three ingredients nourish the skin while also acting as a protective barrier to keep free radicals and other nasties out, only keeping moisture in. Win win! If you don’t have the time or the know-how to DIY the miracle worker described here, there are companies putting in the work for all natural beauty so that you don’t have to. You can try a multipurpose healing cream like Egyptian Magic that is worshipped by celebrities and makeup artists alike, without worrying about what is sitting on your skin.
So there you have it! These are just 4 ways to incorporate bee-made ingredients into your beauty routine (without breaking the bank), but these ingredients are so cheap, so accessible, and so pure there is no limit to what you can do with them.