Why Propolis?

Bees are incredible.

They aren’t only a source of delicious honey, they also produce Propolis.

Propolis is a powerful, wonder ingredient that tends to fly under the radar, but we are slowly seeing a growth in popularity in the skincare industry, and we are not surprised at all.

As avid Propolis enthusiasts we want you to know exactly why we use it in our skincare products and explain why you should be adding it to your skincare regime too.

What is Propolis?

To create propolis, Bee’s head to the trees to collect sap. Trees pay a large contribution to the creation of Propolis…

Trees have had to evolved over time to survive all the environmental aggressors that have been thrown at them over thousands of years – bacterial, pollution, insects, etc. The trees excrete a waxy resin, sap, which coats their newly formed buds to protect them as it is naturally anti-bacterial and anti-microbial.

Bee’s collect this sap, then work it with their front legs whilst adding beeswax, honey and bee-produced enzymes to the mixture, this forms the resin-like material which we know as Propolis.

What do Bee’s do with Propolis?

The name Propolis translates from Greek to ‘Defender of the City’, which is a very appropriate term to describe the role of propolis in the beehive. It defends the hive in several ways, firstly it is used to seal gaps to strengthen the hive and stop potential predators invading and to prevent decomposition within the hive.

Propolis is rich in amino acids, vitamins, mineral and most importantly, bioflavonoids, which have powerful antioxidant effects which is why bees use the Propolis to sterilise the hive. Bees will coat areas and invaders in propolis to prevent and control the potential spread of bacterial growth within the hive.

Propolis is so effective at preventing infections in the hive, that they even line all entries to the hive with it, so that they must crawl through a tight tunnel of propolis to enter and leave. This way bees are cleansed of microbes as they enter the hive, and the sterility of the hive is maintained.

Propolis functions as the natural defence and immune system of the beehive.

Why would we use Propolis on our skin?

When used on the skin, this special ingredient generally translates from how it helps protect a hive – helps to protect and support the skin too. The naturally powerful properties of Propolis hold a wealth of benefits for most skin types, and many skin concerns or skin that feels or looks unhealthy.

Propolis is most commonly known for its calming and restoring capabilities, so if you are prone to sensitive, reactive, volatile, irritated or problematic skin, Propolis is your saviour! Propolis has powerful soothing properties which work quickly to comfort and calm the skin.

So, if you have dehydrated or flaky skin, Propolis will also help restore skin’s natural moisture barrier to help smooth skin texture, for soft and supple skin from top to toe. It is also the ideal hydrating and soothing ingredient for breakout prone, hormonal or oily skin too, as it hydrates the skin without clogging pores.

It’s hard to protect skin from harmful environmental stressors in today’s modern life, but they can lead to dehydration, blocked pores, lack of radiance and a weakened skin barrier. The high anti-oxidant content helps to keep free radicals from causing cellular damage, for an energised, healthy-looking complexion.

Propolis is also ideal for breakout prone, hormonal or oily skin, firstly it helps hydrate the skin without a creamy or heavy residue and without clogging pores, which is always a bonus.

Propolis feeds your skin with natural nurturing care which keeps skin looking healthy and in tip-top condition. Also remember, prevention is better than cure, and gentle enough for every day use so if you are prone to skin woes give propolis ago today.

So, to conclude, why wouldn’t you want to use Propolis on your skin. Now hopefully you understand what the buzz is all about! Pun absolutely intended. Keep your eye out for a Propolis treat heading your way imminently…

 

Beauty From the Inside Out

When it comes to healthy-looking, glowing skin, it is not all about what moisturiser you are using. The fundamentals of good skincare truly begins with what you put into your body.

Below are a few staples we would recommend you incorporating into your diet to nourish your skin from the inside out.

These foods (and drinks) are enriched with properties that will work wonders for your skin. Eat the correct balance of foods and you’ll feed your skin the vital nutrients it needs to help it stay soft, supple and glowing.

Fatty Fish

Fatty, oily fish is packed with Omega-3 fatty acids, especially fish such as salmon, trout or mackerel. These fatty acids are crucial fats that our bodies need to keep skin hydrated and helps reduce inflammation. Fish is also rich in zinc, which contributes to regulating inflammation and encourages the production of healthy new skin cells. Finally, fatty fish also contains Vitamin E which is an important anti-oxidant to keep skin protected from free radical damage, which can result in a dull, ageing complexion.

These essential fatty acids cannot be made by the body and must be obtained through diet, don’t over-do the fish though, we recommend you eat fatty fish twice a week.

Nuts and seeds

Nuts and seeds are probably the best skin foods around. They contain protein, essential minerals and Vitamins, as well as Omega-3 fatty acids. They are ideal for keeping skin clear, smooth and youthful.

Some examples include Macadamia nuts which may boost Collagen production and fight off free radicals that can contribute to fine lines. Walnuts are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and help reduce redness and inflammation. Another one is Almonds, they are packed full of selenium, manganese and Vitamin E, which work together to neutralise excess free radicals and helps protect cells from damage.

Feeling peckish – we certainly recommend reaching for a handful of nuts and seeds instead of that cheeky packet of crisps.

Dark Chocolate

Chocolate isn’t off the table though, dark chocolate lovers – this may excite you.

Chocolate derives from cacao beans which are rich in anti-oxidants called flavanols, which help plump and hydrate skin, protect it from free radical damage, and boost circulation for a healthy glow.

Make sure to choose dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa in order to maximize the benefits and keep added sugar to a minimum.

This doesn’t necessarily mean eating as much dark chocolate as you can, enjoy a few squares to curb your sweet tooth in the evenings. Who needs another excuse to pass the chocolate?

Eat a rainbow

This may come as no surprise, but fruit and vegetables really do contain essential minerals, phytonutrients, and anti-oxidants to ward off free radicals and fight other signs of ageing.

Aim for the classic 5 portions a day to help you achieve beautiful, hydrated, dewy skin. Remember, even frozen vegetables and fruits are found to be great for you — so go ahead and throw some extra veggies in your soups and frozen berries in your morning smoothies, just to make life that little bit easier.

Green tea

Green Tea contains powerful anti-oxidants such as polyphenols and catechins, that are fantastic at defending the skin against free radical damage, boosting circulation and in result helps to improve skin elasticity and moisture levels, for plump, healthy-looking skin.

Swap your coffee or builders to a skin-boosting Green Tea – Green Tea still contains caffeine, so stick to around 2-3 cups a day, or opt for a caffeine free Green Tea.

H2O

The key to beautiful glowing skin is hydration. Even mild dehydration can make your skin look dry, tired and slightly grey.

Drinking water is essential to maintain the optimum skin moisture and deliver essential nutrients to the skin cells, whilst flushing out toxins. It replenishes the skin tissue and increases elasticity, and thus helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

Aim for six to eight glasses of water a day. If you work in an office, keep a large bottle of water on your desk to remind you to drink.

Many skincare experts explain that it is just as important to eat your water too. Some fruit and vegetables, such as watermelon, courgette and cucumber are mostly made up of water and will contribute to your water intake – the added benefit is that the minerals they contain will increase the rate you hydrate your body and skin.

The Bottom Line

What you eat can have a big impact on your skin health. Make sure you’re getting enough essential nutrients to protect and preserve your skin.

The foods above are just some of the best options to help keep your skin healthy, strong and glowing. Do let us know if you find any other food or drinks which have had a positive impact on your skin health…