With the change of the season comes a universal irritant: skin problems. Whether you’re becoming oilier over summer or drier in winter, or you’re just plain inflamed, turning to the goodness of bees and the by-products they produce is a natural and easy way to maintain your skin health.
The beauty industry is vast and at times a little weird, and I can never emphasise enough the importance of working as close to mother nature as possible when it comes to your health. After all, the skin is our biggest organ! We’re always searching for the next best thing when it comes to putting our best face forward, however, of concern to me is the number of readily available products that are filled with chemicals and don’t fulfil their cosmetic claims. I spoke a little about the binders, colourants and flow agents I often see in the supplement space, but I came across an interesting article on The Guardian that referenced a study by the Environmental Working Group which found that women use an average of 12 products a day, equating to nearly 200 chemicals.
It’s not just women who are searching for the fountain of youth or blemish free skin either, with 42% of men responding in a 2022 study that they buy unisex grooming products (and 13% buying products that are marketed specifically towards women!). What I love about bee products is that they’re for everyone, and here are three ways you can include hive products for that extra glow.
Make your own mānuka honey face mask.
The extensive array of mānuka honey’s benefits make it a highly versatile product, but did you know that it can be helpful for your skin when applied topically? It contains antimicrobial and antibacterial properties which are useful in combatting those pesky pimples. Also a natural humectant, it draws moisture to the skin which is vital for reducing inflammation and maintaining suppleness. You can also use it to make a lip scrub and body exfoliant, which you can find plenty of easy DIY recipes for online.
Help your skin from within.
Don’t underestimate the role that your wonderful and complex gastrointestinal system has on your skin’s appearance. Acting as a window of sorts to our internal health, the way we choose to nourish ourselves feeds our skin as well. I’m incredibly passionate about people understanding the nutritional makeup of the foods they’re eating, especially with the busyness of our modern lives that can see convenience as king. There are simple swaps and cost-effective additions we can all make to override the traps we often fall into – supermarket psychology and eating foods out-of-season. Our potentiated Power Pollen is packed full of the essential vitamins and minerals that we’re at risk of being deficient in with modern food production practices resulting in less nutrient-dense fresh produce. A three -month subscription works out at around only $0.63 cents a day! Could your persistent skin problems be a sign of a vitamin deficiency?
Branch out into our bee venom.
Said to be included by many celebrities in their skincare routines, it is generally believed that bee venom tricks your skin into stimulating blood flow. The blood carries fresh oxygen and nutrients that stimulate the production of natural collagen and elastin, which can support skin elasticity and contribute to a softening of wrinkles. Studies have found that bee venom could be the ingredient you never knew you needed in managing acne, as well as atopic dermatitis which many eczema sufferers will be relieved to hear. You can try our Bee Venom Mask for these concerns – and let the results speak for themselves – and we also carry a Bee Venom Cream which we’ve specifically formulated to ease join discomfort and aching muscles.
Simple and bee-autiful ways to love the skin you’re in!
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