Honey is the golden elixir in the skincare world. However, there is another product made by serious nature workers – bees. These bumblebees not only make honey and beeswax, but propolis too! Before we continue talking about the benefits of bee propolis, let’s know what it is.

What is bee propolis?

Propolis, also known as propolis, is a natural resin-like substance that comes from honeybees as they build their hives. Unlike honey derived from nectar, propolis is derived from the sap of coniferous trees, such as pines and hemlocks, which never lose their leaves. Bees use propolis as glue to build and repair beehives and prevent invaders from stealing the honey!

This bee product is widely known for its benefits in the world. However, India is just beginning to realize the potential it has in treating wounds, burns and skin diseases.

To find out more about the benefits of bee propolis on the skin, Health Shots spoke to Dr. Monica Kapoor, celebrity esthetician and director at FLAWLESS Aesthetic Clinics and the ILACAD Institute.

What are the benefits of bee propolis?

“With bee propolis so well known for its healing properties, it’s no coincidence that it has taken center stage as a natural beauty ingredient to help heal and soothe sensitive skin,” says Dr. Kapoor.

Here are some great benefits of bee propolis and using products that contain it:

1. Treats and prevents skin diseases

This wonderful natural substance has also been found to be beneficial in aiding the healing of wounds or skin problems such as acne or eczema.

2. Prevents acne

“There are many propolis lotions, extracts, and oils that are meant to treat acne and reduce inflammation,” says Dr. Kapoor. Propolis protects the skin from harmful environmental damages such as air pollution, sun exposure and radiation that prevents breakouts.

Beauty routine for sensitive skinThis beauty ingredient for acne-prone skin is a game changer! Image courtesy: Shutterstock

3. Reverses skin aging

Free radicals from environmental pollution damage skin, ranging from skin discoloration, blemishes, and dark spots on the skin. It also weakens the structure of the skin causing signs of premature aging such as wrinkles and premature skin. Propolis, rich in antioxidants, protects the skin from free radicals and keeps the skin young and radiant.

4. Calms sensitive skin

Propolis is gentle on sensitive skin and can help reduce redness. This redness can be related to acne, pimples, or just allergies. This bee product is beneficial for individuals with mild to moderate forms of acne.

Age related skin problemsThe benefits of bee propolis range from treating inflammation to soothing redness on the skin. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

5. Moisturizes and strengthens the skin barrier

During a facial massage, propolis oil may help moisturize the skin while giving it an antibacterial treatment. It also maintains the hydration of the skin barrier. Propolis products tend to be rich, nourishing, and sometimes sticky in texture, keeping the skin looking supple and nourished.

6. Treats wrinkles and gives a uniform complexion

Propolis is highly effective in reducing the signs of cold sores, minor burns, and the appearance of wrinkles and skin breakouts. The combined properties of propolis may help keep the skin free of blemishes. As a natural sealant, propolis also helps the skin retain more moisture to maintain healthier, more vibrant skin.

Given the amazing benefits of bee propolis, its extracts are commonly used in facial serums, facial toners or essence products. Try getting your hands on one if you want to include this game-changing ingredient in your skincare routine.


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