Bees are your skin’s BFF.
These industrious little insects are hard at work to give your skin everything it needs. Like honey, the sweet nectar that moisturises your skin and fights acne at the same time.
And beeswax. Less famous than honey, beeswax is everywhere – especially in solid products like lip balms. What makes it so popular?
Here’s everything you need to know about beeswax in skincare:
What Is Beeswax?
Beeswax is a natural wax bees make to build the walls of the honeycomb where they’re going to raise their children and store their pollen.
Bees need to consume around 10 pounds of honey to produce just one pound of beeswax! To put it into perspective, bees need to collect nectar from nearly 2 million flowers to make just one pound of honey.
Beeswax is mostly made up of esters of fatty acids and long chain alcohols that give it its moisturising and thickening properties.
Once humans take it from the hive, they create three types of beeswax with it:
- Yellow beeswax: This is the raw beeswax product.
- White beeswax: Bleached yellow beeswax.
- Beeswax absolute: Yellow beeswax treated with alcohol.
Fun fact: its Latin name is Cera Alba (cera means wax). That’s how it usually appears on the ingredient list of skincare products.
Related: The Complete Guide To Honey In Skincare: What Is It And How Does It Help Skin?
Beeswax Benefits: How Does It Help Skin?
Beeswax is an emollient that makes skin softer and smoother. It works by creating a barrier on the skin that keeps moisture in.
Moisture is the key ingredient that makes you look younger and healthier. When your skin has all the moisture it needs, it gets softer to the touch; it plumps up so that fine lines and wrinkles look smaller; it takes on a dewy glow.
By keeping moisture in, beeswax helps to hydrate your skin and make it look its best. But this barrier also has another function: it protects your skin from environmental assaults.
Harsh weather, irritating skincare products, pollutants & co can break down your skin’s protective barrier and dry out your skin. By reinforcing this barrier, beeswax helps prevent dryness and irritation.
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What Else Does Beeswax In Skincare Do?
FYI, its moisturising properties ain’t the only reason you’ll find beeswax in skincare products. It has two other jobs:
- Fragrance: Beeswax has a natural honey fragrance that makes skincare products smell delicious.
- Thickener: It thickens the oil portion of solid products (think lip balm) to give them their solid shape. It also stiffens eye makeup products without hardening them.
- Water-resistant: It makes mascaras waterproof and smudge-proof.
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Does Beeswax In Skincare Has Any Side Effects?
Beeswax in skincare is generally considered to be safe. Unless you’re allergic to it. In that case, stay away.
What Are The Best Skincare Products With Beeswax?
- CeraVe Sunscreen Stick SPF 50 ($9.99): available at Dermstore and Walgreens
- Drunk Elephant Lippe Balm ($18.00): available at Cult Beauty, Sephora, and SpaceNK
- One Love Organics Skin Savior Multi-Tasking Wonder Balm ($49.00): available at Blue Mercury, Credo Beauty, and Dermstore
- Paula’s Choice Lipscreen SPF 50 ($10.00): available at Dermstore and Paula’s Choice
The Bottom Line
Beeswax in skincare is mostly a thickener to give products their shape. But when it’s high on the ingredient list, it helps to keep skin moisturised and safe from environmental aggressors, too.
What’s your take on beeswax in skincare? Let me know in the comments below.