July 31st, 2012 | admin

The Difference Between Beeswax and Honey and How They Both Help Your Skin

 
A few folks have gotten confused about our skin cream recipe. Some think Alivea contains honey, but it’s actually natural beeswax that we use.

Honey and beeswax contain many of the same great qualities, but beeswax isn’t sticky like honey. Plus, we feel that beeswax provides the skin care elements we’re looking for in a skin cream. Namely, beeswax acts as a barrier between your skin and the environment. It helps to lock in moisture and keep harmful environmental elements from reaching the skin, but more on the benefits later. Now, let’s talk about where all this goodness comes from.

The beeswax and honey difference

Honey bees make a honeycomb with wax, a light-colored substance they secrete while working at high temperatures. The honeycomb serves many purposes. The bees live in the comb, they raise their young there, and, most importantly for us humans, they produce and store honey in the honeycomb. The wax is collected by soaking the comb in water and waiting for the water to cool and for the wax to separate.

Honeybees produce honey and store it, so that they have plenty of food for the fall and winter after nectar from flowers is no longer available.

As you can see, the wax and the honey from bees are two separate things and serve two separate purposes in nature. Thank you, honey bees!

How both beeswax and honey help skin

Scientists have found that both beeswax and honey contain several powerful skin-boosting elements:

              • Antioxidants protects cells from pollution and other harmful elements
              • Antibacterial qualities prevent acne (among other things)
              • Anti-inflammatory qualities promote healing

 
As you can guess, you’re more likely to eat honey and more likely to use wax in topical solutions.

There are a number of different honeys and beeswaxes available for both skin care and consumption. In a future post, we’ll describe the varieties. Stay tuned. 

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