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Why Beeswax?

Posted on May 14, 2015 by Polly Glasse | 0 comments

White, bleached, refined beeswax, doesn’t do much for us.  However, slightly filtered, yellow, organic beeswax is known mostly for its conditioning properties. Yet, it has a number of benefits for the skin, including an anti-inflammatory action that helps to calm and soothe.  Check it out!

Health Benefits

Beeswax has been used over the centuries in many ways. One common use is to make candles. In fact, beeswax candles are thought to be healthier than most, since they don’t produce toxic byproducts and heavy soot when burned, and they also help neutralize pollutants in the air.

There have been several of our  "competitors" using the marketing ploy that "beeswax is just a filler."  I've been asked to elaborate on why I chose beeswax in our climbOn line...BTW...climbOn has been around since 1996...I don't think these "competitors" have been.

We use food grade ingredients, truly natural ingredients in our products. The quality of our ingredients are second to none. We are in awe when we get these raw ingredients. It's very humbling every time!!!!!

Beeswax has been used for cosmetics for a very long time.  Ancient Egyptians used beeswax to make paint for their artists, and during Roman times, it was also used as a skin softener and to encourage wound healing. Today scientists are studying beeswax for its potential to lower cholesterol, relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and treat digestive ailments. A 2007 study also found that a purified constituent of beeswax may protect liver health because of the antioxidant effects.

Benefits to the Skin

Protective: When applied to the skin, beeswax forms a protective barrier that helps protect it from environmental assaults, while also holding in moisture and reducing dryness. This is one of the reasons beeswax is often used in lip balms. Unlike ingredients made from petroleum, however, beeswax doesn’t “suffocate” the skin, and won’t clog pores.

  • Antibacterial: Like honey, beeswax has antibacterial properties, helping keep skin clean and reducing the risks of contamination in the formula itself. In fact, a 2005 study found that a honey/beeswax mixture inhibited the growth of bacteria and fungus, making it a potential treatment for diaper rash and other bacterial skin conditions.
  • Humectant: Some ingredients “attract” water, and beeswax is one of them. When you put it on, you attract water molecules, helping to keep skin hydrated over time.
  • Vitamin A: A good source of this vitamin, beeswax helps support cell turnover and reconstruction.
  • Fragrance: We always say there’s no reason to use harsh chemicals to make products smell good. Natural ingredients work so much better! Beeswax has a natural honey fragrance.
  • Wound healing: Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, beeswax has been found to help encourage the healing of wounds. Studies have even found that it may be effective against hemorrhoids.
  • Itching: If you suffer from dry skin itching, dermatitis, eczema, or any type of itching related to a skin condition, beeswax is for you. A study published in 2012 found that those patients who suffered serious burns, and later went through “post-burn itch” when the burns were healing, experienced relief with an herbal oil cream and beeswax combination, so much so that they were able to cut back on their use of medications for the itch. Because beeswax is anti-allergenic, it is also easily tolerated by even those with reactive skin.

Is it possible for beeswax to be used as a filler. YES. If someone is using bleached, white beeswax, there is no benefit to the skin or the person. This bleached, white beeswax would be used as a filler to bind the product. A huge difference from using yellow, slightly filtered, organic wax that has nutritional value to the skin.

Any questions? Just ask me.  

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