If you have ever wondered what beeswax is used for you may be surprised to find out that beeswax is great for a multitude of things. Beeswax most notably is an all natural water repellent. Beeswax carries antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties that are essential in fighting chapped skin and bacterial infections that tend to affect us most in the dry, winter months. It forms a protective wall by sealing in moisture in our skin without smothering and clogging up the pores.
By applying beeswax cosmetically, such as in skin care and lip care, moisturizers, and even eye makeup, Beeswax will hydrate, condition, soothe, and calm the skin. Beeswax will not end up clogging the pores which in turn prevents the skin from being able to breathe, Beeswax creates a hydrating, super long-lasting protective barrier to protect it against environmental pollutants as well as the harsh effects of daily sun, wind and rain elements. Beeswax has exfoliating and reparative properties combined with its vitamin content helps promote the skin’s regeneration and rejuvenation by helping diminish the appearance of the signs of aging, including spots, wrinkles, and skin damage. Used in natural product formulations, Beeswax offers its scent, which may be characterized as mild, warm, sensual, floral, woody, rich, honey, or a combination of these descriptions, depending on the preferred Beeswax. Refreshing, restorative, and gentle enough for use on even the most sensitive skin, Beeswax is known to soothe itchiness and irritation, to nourish, and to soften dry, cracked, broken areas, making it ideal for use in lip balms. Used in hair, Beeswax will help in preventing dead and split ends and also contributes shine that promotes the hair’s luster, making it valuable for use in hair products that promote the look of sleekness, such as pomades.
Beeswax has regenerative qualities and anti-inflammatory properties work in conjunction to help decrease the irritation, redness, and inflammation characteristics of acne, while its antiseptic effects further facilitates the healing process. Beeswax has a similar effect on skin that has been afflicted with eczema and psoriasis, soothing the itchiness and working to prevent further irritation or infection. By promoting the growth of newer skin and by contributing softness, Beeswax leaves the complexion looking renewed. When applied to stretch marks, whether they are caused by a fluctuation in weight or by pregnancy, Beeswax is known to help diminish the appearance of these often-unwanted marks, when used in combination with carrier oils and butters such as kempner farm body butter found here www.kempnerfarm.com/shop.
When Beeswax is used medicinally, Beeswax makes an ideal ingredient in salves meant for treating scrapes, minor cuts, minor wounds, and burns, among other abrasions. Its anti-inflammatory and anti-viral effects help to prevent harmful bacteria from entering the body through chapped and broken skin, which is especially common in dry climates and which makes it valuable for use during the drier times of the year. By providing the skin with a layer of protection against external irritants, including harsh and extreme weather conditions that can cause roughness and dryness, Beeswax moisturizes the skin to restore its natural radiance and smoothness. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of Beeswax also benefit those who suffer from topical allergies or other discomforts, such as eczema and rosacea.
Beeswax is reputed to have many therapeutic properties. The following highlights its many benefits and the kinds of activity it is believed to exhibit:
- COSMETIC: Hydrating, Softening, Smoothing,Non-Comedogenic, Protective, Smoothing, Regenerative, Strengthening, Conditioning, Soothing, Collagen-Enhancing.
- MEDICINAL: Anti-Allergenic, Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Viral, Protective, Regenerative, Strengthening.
When Beeswax is used in aromatherapy, the smokeless and lengthy burn time of Beeswax makes it a valuable ingredient in aromatherapy candles. Beeswax candles are also reputed to exude the aroma of honey – which can range from sweet, fresh, or floral, robust and savory and they are also reputed to help facilitate the elimination of airborne pollutants, such as bacteria, dust, allergens, and odours. Beeswax Candles when burned have both positive and negative ions which literally clean the air. When pure and natural essential oils essential oils are added during the production phase of natural homemade candles, the product results are known to have enhanced fragrances. Furthermore, they are believed to promote overall physical and mental well-being by invigorating the body with increased energy, reducing stress, strengthening focus, helping decrease physical pain, and regulating blood pressure.
At Kempner Farm we make our own body butters and beeswax is a main ingredient in almost every item we make. Along with beeswax in our body butter we add Coconut oil, olive oil, shea butter and avocado oil.
When used in Skincare
Beeswax hydrates, soothes, repairs, and fortifies the skin. For a Beeswax enriched lotion bar, begin by combining the following ingredients in a 35 oz. glass mason jar: 1 cup Beeswax, 1 cup Carrier Oil, and 1 cup butter of personal preference (I.E. Cocoa Butter, Mango Butter, Shea Butter, or a combination of butters). After gathering those ingredients place the mason jar in a small saucepan filled with 1 inch of water, then place the saucepan on the stove and bring the water to a boil. Constantly stir the contents of the jar with a stick until all the ingredients have melted. Once the mixture has turned into a smooth blend, remove the double boiler from the heat. As it cools, gently but thoroughly stir in any essential oils of personal preference as well as 1 teaspoon of Avocado oil for this oil carries the highest content of Vitamin e. Pour the blend into rectangle or your choice of soap mold and allow it to harden before taking out each bar. Depending on the size of the mold, this recipe may yield approximately 12 lotion bars.