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Bee’s wax – the unique natural product

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Bee’s wax has a wealth of wonderful qualities. It is one of the most unique natural products on Earth, hiding secrets, not yet fully explored by humans. Thanks to its multiple useful properties, bee’s wax is widely used, mainly in medicine and pharmaceutics, and, of course, in cosmetology.
Bee’s wax is secreted from special wax glands located at the lower abdomen of the bee. It is usually produced by young bees, only 10 to 20 days old. This wax is used by the bees as the main building material for the construction of the bee-hive and also as a preservative for other important bee products.
Bee’s wax is absorbed by the skin more slowly and forms a protective layer over it, without entering and clogging the pores. It noticeably slows the aging process of the skin, making it soft, smooth and elastic.
Apart from its nourishing and softening abilities, bee’s wax also is a sticky, preserving and stable base for cosmetic products. It does not dissolve in water or glycerin and it is practically insoluble in alcohol. But it dissolves very well in fatty or essential oils.
When preparing homemade lotions or other facial products, keep in mind that bee’s wax should not be melted in an iron, cast-iron, copper or any metallic pot, because the metal elements react with the fatty acids contained in the wax, producing harmful salts.
Listed below are a few recipes for homemade masks and lotions containing bee’s wax.
Moisturizing anti-wrinkle lotion
Steam melt one teaspoon of bee’s wax and let steam for a bit longer. Add 1 teaspoon of honey, 1 tablespoon of rosehip oil, 1 tablespoon of wheat germ oil, and 2 tablespoons of onion juice. Stir and keep steaming for 30 more seconds. Remove from heat and mix well with a blender or mixer. Apply warm lotion to face and let absorb for 30 minutes. Remove excesses with a soft paper tissue. If your skin is oily and has no tone, use lemon juice instead of onion juice.
Mask for dry, cracked or flaky skin
Steam melt one tablespoon of bee’s wax. Without removing it from steam, add 1 tablespoon of butterfat and 1 tablespoon of carrot juice (or cucumber, or pumpkin juice). Keep steaming until butterfat is completely melted. Remove from heat and beat with a blender or mixer. Apply to skin while still warm. Remove after 20-25 minutes. This mask can also be used for dry and cracked hands.
Moisturizing and softening lotion for dry skin
For this recipe you will need ingredients such as borax, which acts as an emulsifier.
Melt a pinch of borax in one tablespoon of hot water. Steam melt one tablespoon of bee’s wax and while still steaming, add 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil (olive oil, flax oil, wheat germ oil, rose oil, peach oil or grape seed oil). Dilute in borax water. Mix well, remove from heat and mix until thoroughly blended. Let cool and use as regular lotion.
Refreshing, toning and nourishing mask for saggy skin
In this recipe you will need to add lanolin to the bee’s wax.
First, prepare the following mixture: combine one even tablespoon of sour cream with one tablespoon of carrot juice, the same amount of raw potato juice and one tablespoon of lemon juice (or you can use only sour cream and lemon juice). After that, as in the recipes above, melt one teaspoon of bee’s wax and without removing form heat add one teaspoon of lanolin and one tablespoon of wheat germ oil (you can substitute with other oils suitable for dry, aging skin). Carefully stir for about a minute, remove from heat and combine with sour cream mixture.  Mix well and apply to face for 20-25 minutes. Rinse with cold water.

1 response to "Bee’s wax – the unique natural product"

  1. riffah says:

    how to maintain an oily skin……..

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