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Ingredient Highlight: The Benefits of Beeswax
The holiday season is officially upon us, honeybees! Which also means that the days are growing shorter and the nights are growing colder, and for many of us, our skin is growing drier. One ingredient that we at Drew’s Honeybees feel strongly about is beeswax, which we may have mentioned before. In this post, I’m going to share with you some information about this ingredient, because we want you to love it as much as we do! We at Drew’s are all about natural products, which is why his recent line of organic skin balms contain not only beeswax, but several other all-natural ingredients to give your skin what it needs this winter.
Drew has talked about the relationship between humans and beeswax before, explaining how the oldest record of humans and bees interacting — potentially for beeswax — dates back 8,000 years in Spain. Beeswax has been found in tombs in Egypt, in ancient Viking ships and in the ruins of Rome, having been used for everything from skin balms to candles to embalming of corpses. It’s versatile, edible, gentle for sensitive skin and fairly accessible, as beeswax being used in skin care products and cosmetics is becoming more popular each year partially due to a push for a more natural experience for consumers.
The wax is created by young worker bees. These bees each have eight wax-producing glands on their abdomens, and when the bees consume honey from nectar, these glands effectively convert the sugar into wax which is then secreted. The bees use their body temperature to keep the wax at a temperature which makes it pliable enough to construct into honeycombs. It’s then harvesting by removing honeycombs from the beehive and melting it down while filtering it through cheesecloth, something that should probably be left to professional beekeepers (like Drew) who have the tools and experience required to remove things from beehives without hurting the bees or themselves.
As I mentioned before, while beeswax has been used in skin products for centuries, it really is seeing a new surge in popularity. At one point, it was known primarily as a lip balm ingredient, which is the product that Drew’s Honeybees launched with. Other well-known companies also started off selling beeswax lip balms, and also branched off into more products as customers began to catch on to how great this ingredient is. Not only is it a natural moisturizer, but beeswax acts as a protective barrier for the skin, which helps prevent it from becoming dry and cracked due to things such as cold weather or wind. As well, there is the possibility that beeswax also has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, leading it to help heal damaged or infected skin. If all of that isn’t enough, I personally learned recently that it can make for a mean makeup remover when combined with other ingredients and processed correctly.
So, there you have it, honeys — a few of the reasons why this company is so passionate about beeswax and includes it in all of our products. I don’t doubt that many of you have used beeswax products before, but for those who haven’t it’s certainly never too late, and there’s still a few weeks left before Christmas for anyone who’s looking for some stocking stuffers that will also help support our bee population.
Stay moisturized, readers, and remember all the ways that bees benefit us, including helping keep our skin supple!