Flowers blooming, warm sun, and busy bees in their hives catering to the queen. This spring, they will be producing fresh honey, bee pollen, royal jelly, and propolis. These bee byproducts have long been known for their medicinal properties as well as their beauty benefits because they are high in amino acids, vitamin B, calcium, copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and zinc.
Professionals claim these extraordinary ingredients help with ailments such as acid reflux, acne, eczema, staph infections, burns, wounds, gingivitis, allergies and even problems sleeping, all while boosting your immunity and acting as a powerhouse of antioxidants, anti-inflammatories and antimicrobials. They have been incorporated into creams, serums, masks and hair products for the anti-aging and healing benefits and after confirming with your health professional, consider adding them into your daily diet via tablets, capsules, tinctures and extracts.
The Beauty And Well-Being team has gathered a few favorites for your skin and your health with all of the sweetness and none of the sting.
Honey + Coconut Mask by EARTH TU FACE highlights organic raw honey, coconut, rose and lavender in this simple yet powerful and effective mask. These ingredients deliver hydration and antioxidants, while reducing inflammation, improving skin tone and calming irritations. This mask should be in everyone’s beauty cabinet.
Tata Harper’s Rebuilding Moisturizer is the ideal hydrator for combination skin and balmy climates. Honey is the star healing agent here complemented by sensitive skin-friendly ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid, rice extract, calendula, and borage. This moisturizer absorbs immediately and feels exactly as it smells, sweet and light. This is a BWB favorite for the hot, humid summer days of New York City.
The Creme Royale Line by Orlane was truly inspired by the life of a queen bee. This hive of luxurious skin care houses an elixir, cleanser, body creme, mask, eye contour and moisturizing treatments for the face, neck and décolleté. The cream is formulated with fresh royal jelly, which is high in trace elements, vitamins, and amino acids, blended with star-gazer lily, which lightens pigmentation and even out skin tone, and expertly combined with 24 karat gold, which stimulates the production of elastin. Incorporating even one of these royal products will be well worth the splurge. We at BWB love the Crème Royale Sublime Mask. You can actually see the gold flakes and feel the royal jelly working it’s magic.
RMS Beauty continues to impress us with their creative and forward thinking use of ingredients. Their LIP2CHEEK may be one of our favorite lip and cheek tints. Propolis, just one of the great ingredients will heal just about any lip drama and will not cause breakouts on the skin. Sunflower, shea butter and jojoba are also great healing and hydrating components, giving this small beauty product a 1-2 punch! LIP2CHEEK comes in eight shades, Smile being one of our favorites.
Leonor Greyl’s Shampooing Au Miel is their gentle, volumizing shampoo. Acacia honey, which is one of the top honeys in the world, combined with rose, walnut extract, and wheat protein, improves flexibility in hair strands, leaving your locks shiny and fuller. This shampoo is great for men and women. We at BWB love to combine it with her Huile de Leonor Greyl, a cult favorite.
Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream is the mother lode of skin care with bee-inspired ingredients. This fix -it-all, do-it-all cream is made up of bee propolis, honey, royal jelly, beeswax, bee pollen, and olive oil. Promising results for both face and body, this multi-use product acts as a healing agent for just about anything – tender skin around the eyes, after-shave spots, and even frizzy hair. Egyptian Magic should not only have a home with your skin care products, it should be in your first aid kit as well.
Wild Cape Manuka Honey is a sweet way to reap the health benefits. Look for the grading system UMF, also known as, Unique Manuka Factor, which measures its antimicrobial strength. For general good health seek out a 10-15 rating and for therapeutic results look for a 15+ UMF. Try a tablespoon every morning or incorporate it into oatmeal for a satisfying breakfast.
Beehive Botanicals in Wisconsin, USA produces a wide variety of products featuring bee pollen, royal jelly, and bee propolis. Prefer tinctures? They have it. Perhaps propolis tablets? You got it. Looking for unprocessed royal jelly? They will send it to you. Their company is the mecca of bee products and a great place to start incorporating one of nature’s greatest healing agents into your daily routine.
Come with us BWB readers and join the bee movement. Whether its for beauty or health and healing, you cannot go wrong learning from the queen bee.