Don’t you just love the look of freshly beeswax-polished wood? The gleam, health and beauty of every wood grain within is immediate for all to see. Instantly revitalised, nourished, and protected.
Beeswax is a natural protector and another 'miracle-worker' in nature's arsenal of ingredients that works so perfectly in skincare. Studies indicate that beeswax is as successful a skin barrier as mineral based ingredients such as petroleum jelly, making it the ideal natural alternative and one that has been used safely on animals and humans for thousands of years.
If you’ve ever wondered how our tiny friends produce beeswax you’ll find it no surprise that like everything in the hive it is a carefully managed, team operation! To stimulate the production of the wax the bees indulge in gorging on honey or sugar syrup and huddle together to raise the temperature of the cluster. Honeybees use beeswax to build the cells in which their young are raised and protected as well as storing supplies of honey and pollen for use later in the winter. To produce one pound of beeswax comb requires the bees to consume about ten pounds of honey. That’s quite some gorging!
Acting as a surfactant in skincare (allowing oil and water to blend), beeswax creates a barrier on the surface of the skin protecting against bacteria and acting as a natural skin strengthener.
It's use can be traced back to the first published recipe for cosmetic cream, created by Greek physician, Galen, in 150AD. Although it's highly likely to have been used thousands of years before that. In Galen's recipe, the cream consisted of beeswax and olive oil with water (or rose water) beaten into it, and although it moisturised and softened the skin, it’s cooling effect saw it dubbed 'cold cream'.
Today, beeswax is perfect when incorporated in products designed to protect against harsh weather such as lip treatments and hand creams and when used as an emollient and humectant (drawing moisture to the skin and locking it in) it will help to soften dry and parched skins when used in cleansers and moisturisers. Rich in vitamin A it can support cell rejuvenation and re-hydration.