Beeswax refers to the natural wax produced by honeybees in their beehives. The honeybees produce this wax either to build their honeycombs or to repair it. Beeswax generally comes in colors like yellow, white, orange, brown, or red and the changing color depends on the age of the honeycomb. Beeswax has many benefits for the hair and skin.
Benefits of Beeswax on the Hair
Beeswax stimulates natural hair growth and can add a volumising effect to the hair. Beeswax keeps hair shiny and protects the hair from environmental stressors/damage. Beeswax repairs the hair and is a natural and safe ingredient for both the hair as well as the scalp to add strength, luster and volume to the hair.
Benefits of Beeswax on the Skin
Beeswax contains Vitamin A and provides long-term moisturising effects to the skin and will remain longer on the skin than petroleum-laden products.
Beeswax helps locking in moisture, regenerating the skin cells and protecting the skin from environmental damages. It contains powerful anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties that are all beneficial to the skin & hair.
Beeswax improves skin condition and texture of the skin and is shown to have numerous benefits in helping to treat acne, eczema, and dry skin and lips.
Acne: The effectiveness of beeswax for acne treatment and control is well known. Beeswax has strong antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and healing properties that are effective in the treatment of acne and contains Vitamin A, which is an added advantage in the treatment of acne.
Eczema: Beeswax is a great treatment for skin problems like eczema. Eczema is a common skin problem, which causes an itchy skin rash and especially during the colder months the skin can become extremely dry and ashy. Mixing beeswax with an organic carrier oil and adding essential oils (or not) can keep skin hydrated, especially after a bath or shower.
Dry skin: The ability of beeswax to lock in moisture has made it an important ingredient in a variety of skin-care products for treating dry skin. In addition, its rich Vitamin A content and emollient properties help in the healthy development of skin cells. Beeswax as a natural moisturiser, not only treats dry skin, but also helps prevent it.
Lip care: The natural moisturisers in beeswax make it an excellent balm for the lips. Try a simple DIY lip-balm by putting beeswax and your favourite carrier oil in a double boiler. When beeswax is melted let it slightly cool then add some vitamin E oil for its excellent antioxidant property. Package and enjoy. Search the internet for more DIY projects or come up with your own.