A number of years ago, I got rid of my cosmetics. All of the potentially toxic stuff I was putting on my face went in the trash. I replaced everything with natural plant-based products.
I did this because of a health crisis. At the same time, I overhauled my diet. I started eating real organic food instead of junk. Then, I realized that whatever I put on my skin ended up in my body. So my chemical cosmetics had to go.
At first, I assumed I’d miss my chemical cosmetics. I’d been using them for years. I’d gotten used to putting them on my skin. I didn’t look forward to giving them up. And I never would have done it, if I wasn’t so sick. I’m not blaming my cosmetics for making me sick in the first place. But, in retrospect, I can tell they weren’t good for me. Actually, I’m now convinced the chemicals were causing havoc with my skin.
Beeswax for Your Face
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Something amazing happened, once I stopped putting chemicals on my face. My once-blotchy skin tone evened out. No longer did I feel the need to cover my blotchy skin with foundation. Now, I’m not afraid to show my face to the world, because it’s clear.
Problems with my skin tone started when I was a teenager. That’s when I began using harsh acne products on my face. Then, I most likely added to the problem by hiding it with a layer of chemical foundation. I then tried to control my blotchy and flaky skin (around my mouth) with chemical moisturizers. In retrospect, I’m convinced all the chemicals only aggravated the problem.
Once I switched to natural cosmetics, my blotchy skin went away. For the first time in years, my skin started to look healthy again. (This may have also had something to do with a clean, real foods diet.)
Is Beeswax Good for Your Face?
There are a wide range of natural remedies with an affinity for your skin. These include essential oils, carrier oils (you need to use these too, if you put an essential oil on your skin) and bee-derived products. You can now find high-end all natural face creams with honey, propolis and beeswax.
I discovered the wonders of beeswax almost by accident. Packing for a cross country trip, I left most of my essential oils at home. Instead, I brought two DIY salves, made with beeswax. One was for sleep. The other was for natural pain relief. (These were really easy to make. You can find my recipe here.)
How To Use Beeswax On Your Face
Anyway, the trip was busy. So I decided to use the beeswax salve as a moisturizer, instead of a carrier oil. Even after washing it off, the beeswax left my skin so soft, for days. Now, beeswax is a regular part of my beauty routine. (Because it’s amazing. My guess is that it forms a protective barrier on your skin, to hold in the moisture.)
But this is just my impression. Is there any proof that beeswax is good for your skin? Actually there is. A study published in the Complimentary Therapies in Medicine journal found that a mixture of beeswax, honey and olive oil is an effective remedy for both eczema and psoriasis. The results showed significant improvement in 80 percent of the patients with eczema and just over 60 percent of patients with psoriasis.
This is great news for anyone who suffers from either of these potentially distressing conditions and wants to avoid drugs with potentially serious side effects.
Can You Use Beeswax on Your Face?
You can now find all natural face creams that contain beeswax. After using it myself, I can see why. It seems to make the wrinkles around my eyes much less noticeable. I’ve now started putting it over my entire face, at night. I also put it on my neck.
Beeswax is heavy. Or at least the DIY salve I use is very heavy. It contains one-third beeswax, plus coconut oil and shea butter. So’ it works best as a night cream. If you don’t feel like making your own beeswax skin cream, you can find beeswax creams that are sold ready to use, such as the ones below.
Neither of the creams shown here contain potentially irritating chemicals. They are also free of parabens, a class of compounds that act as hormone disruptors. Both of these creams also contain bee propolis, a sticky substance made by bees that helps keep the hive together. Propolis is also a popular skin remedy, made by bees.
Is Beeswax Bad for Your Face?
I don’t have acne anymore. But I had it during my teenage and young adult years. So I can’t give a personal recommendation for using beeswax on acne-prone skin. There are anecdotal reports of beeswax being good for acne.
But it’s not something I’ve used myself on pimples. I’m not sure what to tell you. It’s believed that beeswax contains natural anti-inflammatory agents. If it were me, I’d use a beeswax formula on a very small part of my face, near my hairline, just to see what happens, before applying it to a larger area.
Also, if you have an allergy to bee stings, I’d definitely check with your doctor before using anything made from bees.
Is Beeswax Good for Wrinkles?
After using beeswax on my face, I could see a huge difference. This is going to be one of my main anti-aging remedies. I’m actually surprised that there’s not a lot more buzz around beeswax, for how it can potentially help fight the visible signs of aging.
Beeswax seems to be the least known of the various bee products, at least as far as skincare is concerned. Propolis and honey seem to have more established reputations as good skin remedies.
Beeswax Cream For Wrinkles
Beeswax must be mixed with one or more natural emollients, if you plan to use it as a wrinkle remedy. In its solid state, it’s too difficult to spread. That’s why I use it mixed with coconut oil and shea butter. I use equal parts of each, because I want a fairly solid product that will hold up in the heat. So I use a face cream that’s the consistency of a salve. However, you could increase the amount of coconut oil and shea butter, if you prefer a creamier texture. But, anyway, here’s my recipe.
1/4 c of organic virgin coconut oil (You can find it here)
1/4 c of organic shea butter (You can find it here)
1/4 c of small beeswax pellets (You can find them here)
8 drops of lavender essential oil (You can find it here)
Melt the first three ingredients in a stainless steel pain on the stove, over very low heat. Watch it closely. As soon as the oils and wax turn liquid, remove from heat. Add the essential oils. Pour into a container. I like to use empty mint tins, as you can see below. (I don’t eat these, but my husband does.)
These statements have not been approved by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Women who are pregnant or nursing should not use essential oils unless directed to do so by a healthcare professional.
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