September 15, 2015
Time to be Bee-autiful
There is no doubt that bees are pretty clever creatures. They are a vital link in the food chain, pollinating the plants which feed the farm animals. One third of the food we eat would not be available if it weren’t for bees.
To add to the economic value of bees, the harvest from honeybees, provides not only honey but also pollen, wax and propolis which have nutritional, craft, manufacturing, and medical uses.
Beeswax has become a vital ingredient to many beauty products. The honeybees produce this wax to build or repair their honeycombs. The colour of beeswax varies in colour, and is dependent on two things: how much the wax has been filtered and the type of flowers the bees have been foraging on.
A few weeks ago I was fortunate enough to visit my friend’s beehive and witness the bees busy at work. Once I was suited and booted I went into the hive to see beeswax in its purest form and learnt why it’s such a great ingredient for beauty products. Beeswax is commonly used in a variety of skincare products to improve the condition of the skin. It helps to lock in moisture and contains powerful anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties meaning it is also beneficial for treating skin problems including, acne, eczema and dry skin.
Royal Jelly is a secretion produced by glands of worker honeybees to induce the superior growth and development of the queen bee – it is the principal food of the honeybee queen. Below is a picture of a queen cell, which is where the royal jelly can be found. The secretion contains complex B vitamins, amino acids, minerals and many other ingredients that make it great for anti-ageing, anti-inflammatory, and skin healing.
With winter fast approaching, what better time to introduce honeybee products into your skin care range? Here are some products you might like to try:
Honey Bee Beautiful is based in South Wales, they produce premium natural honey and beeswax based skincare, candles and natural furniture polish. The products are handmade in small batches to ensure the freshest quality. This eye tightening serum lifts, tightens and provides an intense moisture boost to the delicate skin under the eye. It’s perfect for early morning starts as it reduces fine lines, puffiness and dark circles.
This miracle solution dissolves make-up, cleanses and tones your skin – perfect for women on the go! Ingredients include moisturising British wild flower honey, brightening red algae, refreshing wild water mint and propolis. Bee Good works closely with farmers and beekeepers to make sure only the best ingredients are used.
Burt’s Bees has launched six shades of matte lip colour in a modern crayon. The creamy formula hydrates and moisturises lips, leaving them feeling soft and smooth. The crayon provides precise application and full-coverage which is long lasting. My favourite shade is Napa Vineyard, perfect for the autumn months.
Honeybee is based in the heart of Constable Country. They are made in small batches using all natural ingredients, including beeswax from their own hives. These bath oils come in a variety of gorgeous smells including Mandarin & Rose and the classic Lavender. They are great for using to relax after a long day and will leave your skin feeling silky smooth.
This cream blends bioactive, natural and organic ingredients creating and rich and nutritious cream. It should be applied generously and will leave the skin feeling radiant and naturally toned.