British bee sourced ingredients are at the heart of the Bee Good product range and each one we use has a very important role to play in supporting the overall health of our skin. From the outset we made the conscious decision not to use Royal Jelly and Bee Venom in our formulas since the safety and health of our bees are paramount and because we believe the combination of honey, beeswax and propolis in the right quantities and supported by relevant plant oils provides our skin with supremely effective, intelligent, natural skin healing benefits.
For centuries honey has been one of nature's best-kept, universally adaptable, beauty secrets. It has so many skin benefits it’s hard to know where to start! Research into its effectiveness as a natural 'healer' began in the early part of the 1900's, stalled with the development of antibiotics and more recently has gained in interest again as antibiotics have become less reliable in battling new hybrid infections.
In its purest form honey is suitable for all skin types even sensitive, and assists with perfecting, cleansing, and protecting the skin. Naturally antibacterial, honey helps to balance hormonal skin and is full of enzymes and antioxidants that collectively contribute to the slowing down of skin ageing by eliminating free radicals and providing the nutrient supply for new tissue growth.
Importantly, honey is a natural humectant so not only does it attract water it retains it in the skin assisting skin suppleness and elasticity. Vitally important for skin health, skin structure and slowing collagen loss, honey above all helps to keep skin hydrated. This makes it extremely moisturising in our skincare and able to protect against fine lines, wrinkles and dryness.
It's natural anti-inflammatory attributes work to calm redness and irritation and it can help with minor acne. It really does help to deliver a ‘honey glow’ to your skin and benefits include enhanced skin smoothness and scar softening by its ability to help to fade discolouration. Honey is now being researched for its power to help protect the skin from the sun and the effects thereof that lead to certain diseases and premature skin damage.
Often known as 'bee glue' the name Propolis comes from the Greek meaning 'defence of the city' and as the name suggests, propolis is a product involved in the protection of the bee community and hive. A complex mixture of resin, waxes and pollen, bees produce propolis and use it to protect the hive from infection by filling in any holes where bacteria can thrive and cocooning any antibodies.
Known to contain over 300 active compounds propolis for centuries has been used to prevent infection both when applied topically and more recently taken as a supplement. Used centuries ago for fillings and for wound healing, it is also known to support a strong and healthy immune system. In skincare propolis is a powerful anti-microbial, anti-viral and anti-fungal ingredient that purifies the skin and helps in the maintenance of the body’s resistance to viruses.
It's strong anti-oxidant and anti-bacterial properties make propolis one of the best ingredients for balancing problematic skins. It stops bacteria spreading and enhances skin renewal. Rich in vitamins B, C and E it’s a natural skin healer and is known to promote the healing of minor burns and skin conditions. It's ability to help the regeneration of damaged skin tissue makes it a truly magical ingredient.
Beeswax is another 'miracle-worker' in nature's arsenal of skincare ingredients. A natural protector it is a blend of plant waxes, pollen and bee secretions.
Unlike petroleum based skin barriers, beeswax provides skin protection without suffocating the skin, and therefore allows it to breathe and function effectively without exacerbating skin dryness. Acting as a surfactant beeswax is naturally water resistant and locks in hydration creating a barrier on the surface of the skin to protect against bacteria and acting as a natural skin strengthener. Providing a creamy gentle texture to our skincare, when used as an emollient and humectant, beeswax will help to soften dry and parched skins.
In its natural role as a skin barrier, beeswax is also accredited with providing protection against everyday pollutants and environmental issues. By enveloping the surface of the epidermis it can effectively help to prevent pollution from directly touching the skin, creating a blanket of care that contributes to the reduction of skin ageing free radicals. Rich in vitamin A beeswax supports cell rejuvenation and rehydration.