Beauty/Skin Care

 

Pleasant words are a “Honeycomb”, sweet to the taste and healthful to the body. Proverbs 16:24

Why Choose Beeswax for Your Skin?

Many creams and lotions for hands, feet and face contain beeswax. These moisturizers contain other oils, such as mineral or olive, and the result is an emollient that does an excellent job of soothing and softening the skin. It also protects the skin because it’s water resistant. However, it’s a myth that beeswax causes or worsens acne and pimples. Beeswax is so safe and mild that baby products contain the ingredient. Lanolin and paraffin are cheaper than beeswax, but they are reportedly not as beneficial

Protectant

Acting as a surfactant, beeswax, when blended into cold  creams and other skin lotions, forms a protective barrier on the surface of the  skin. This barrier, according to Koster Keunan, a global organic wax supplier,  provides a film of protection against irritants while still allowing the skin to  breathe.
This barrier may also aid in protecting the tender skin on your  lips. The Mayo Clinic recommends using a lip balm that contains beeswax during  cold weather to reduce your chances of developing chapped lips.

Skin Healer

In its natural state, beeswax is firm but pliable.  Melted and combined with other  ingredients, beeswax adds body to skin care  products, making creams thicker. Like other beehive products, including honey  and royal jelly, beeswax offers anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antiviral  benefits, according to the magazine, Delicious Living, making it potentially  beneficial for treating minor skin irritations.

Skin Softener

Dry, rough skin may benefit from creams, lotions or  soaps that contain beeswax. When added to skin care products, beeswax acts as an  emollient and a humectant, drawing moisture to the skin and sealing it in,  reports Botanical.com. Beeswax also contains vitamin A, which may be beneficial  in softening and rehydrating dry skin and in cell  reconstruction.

Antibacterial

Beeswax may have mild antibacterial properties,  according to a 2005 study conducted at Dubai Specialized Medical Center in the  United Arab Emirates. Researchers combined honey, olive oil and beeswax, then  applied the mixture to laboratory plates on which the bacteria, Staphylococcus  aureus, and the fungus, Candida albicans were growing. The honey/beeswax mixture  inhibited the growth of the bacteria and fungus, making beeswax, along with  honey, potentially beneficial in the treatment of diaper rash and other  bacterial skin conditions.

Peppermint Honey Feet Treat

  • 4 Tbsp. aloe vera gel
  • 4 tsp. grated beeswax
  • 2 tsp. honey
  • 2 tsp. fresh mint, optional
  • 6 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 2 drops arnica oil
  • 2 drops camphor oil
  • 2 drops eucalyptus oil

Rinse mint leaves and place on a paper towel to dry. Grind mint using coffee grinder (or by hand using mortar and pestle). Set aside. Melt beeswax using a small double boiler. In a microwave safe glass bowl combine aloe vera and honey, mix well. Stir in beeswax. Let cool. Add mint and oils stirring until completely mixed. Apply after bath or shower to entire feet and toes. Store remaining feet treat in covered in cool place away from sun or heat.

Tip: Benefits: Aids in circulation of overworked feet. Moisturizes and softens while it soothes and restores tired aching feet.

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