Bee propolis is the resinous mixture produced by honey bees that combine beeswax, their own saliva and exuded substances collected from sap flows and tree buds.
The color of bee propolis is usually dark brown. Bees use it more as a sealing agent to cover gaps and cracks in their hives to ward off lizards and snakes.
The substance dates back to 350 B.C and the ancient Egyptians used it in their mummification processes. Assyrians and Greeks too used it to heal wounds and tumors.
Bee propolis is a less-known superfood that actually has so many medicinal and healing properties. Let’s have a look at some of the beauty benefits of bee propolis for hair, skin, nails and more!
1. Heals wounds
Bee propolis heals open wounds faster through quicker cell regeneration because of its strong anti-inflammatory and immuno-modulation properties.
When consumed internally, it increases the production of minerals like silica, which builds skin cells in the body.
2. Fights acne
The natural antibiotic content of bee propolis kills the germs that cause acne. The antibacterial effect is one of the best beauty benefits of bee propolis for skin. You can apply bee propolis topically to fight acne and pimples.
However, should the skin be damaged by acne already, internal consumption of bee pollen helps incredibly! Its high cell turnover effects and anti-inflammatory properties make acne-ridden skin blemish-free and clear.
3. Anti-aging effects
By consuming bee propolis regularly, you can get a timeless skin. Its high antioxidant content wards off free radicals that are generated by toxins, sun rays, pollutants, chemicals and environmental impurities. Application of bee propolis on the skin protects it and prevents fine lines and wrinkles.
4. Leaves your skin glowing
Eating bee pollen regularly leads to a glowing complexion as does a direct application on the face.
A face mask comprising half a mashed avocado, one teaspoon of fresh lemon juice, one teaspoon of raw honey and a few drops of bee propolis may be applied on the face and neck and kept for about 15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water in the shower and watch your skin glow.
5. Strengthens nails
Regular consumption of bee pollen is also known to strengthen your fingernails and in protecting them from breaking easily. Don’t
6. Improves skin color
Since bee propolis contains flavonoids, phytosterols, and carotenoids, it promotes cell regeneration. So, whether you consume it or apply it, it improves the skin’s tone and appearance as also its elasticity.