Thanks to Korea's influence in the beauty & skincare space, many ingredients that flew under the radar are now popular for beauty treatments. One of them is Propolis - While honey gets all the notoriety, Propolis has been around as a treatment for thousands of years (in fact, Cleopatra reportedly used propolis for its skincare benefits). If you want to learn what the buzz is all about, keep reading for the powerful benefits it can bring.
Propolis is a stick glue-like substance made by worker bees
While Propolis and Honey both come from bees and look similar in appearance, they serve different purposes. Honey is made using the nectar of flowering plants, and is a source of food for bees. Propolis on the other hand, is used as an everyday tool for bees and is a mix of beeswax, saliva, and resin gathered from deciduous trees (aka trees that shed their leaves in the fall). Bees creates and rely on Propolis to protect their hives by using it to 1. seal cracks to keep out the cold weather and predators and 2. Use it to sterilise and disinfect the colony.
Propolis is antibacterial and especially great for acne
People with acne-prone skin reap the benefits of Propolis. "Its antibacterial properties can fight acne-causing bacteria, while the moisturising and healing properties help repair skin faster post-acne as well. Propolis helps reduce irritation cause by acne (or other wounds) as well as speed the healing process. And similar to the aloe plant, Propolis is a great option for those who are suffering with a sun or windburn as it reduces inflammation and protects the compromised skin barrier.
Propolis can be used on all skin types
The ingredient is totally safe for use in your everyday skincare routine. It provides moisture for those with dry skin, and is even recommended to those with oily skin as it appears to be absorptive.