Over dinner the other night, I could not stop going on about how amazing propolis has been for my skin to my friends. My declaration of love was met with blank stares all around the table and I finally realised no one had a clue what I was yabbering on about. I can’t blame them though, kbeauty moves at lightning speed and there are so many great products that are unveiled every so often with great ingredients being discovered, or in propolis’ case, rediscovered.
Okay, so what exactly is propolis and how do we use it? Contrary to what we think, Propolis (also known as bee glue) is not some newfangled ingredient that rolled out of Seoul. Really, it has been in use for thousands of years by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Persians to alleviate their various ailments and to speed up the healing process for infections and wounds. It’s nature’s disinfectant really-propolis has antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic properties…and the list goes on. Ultimately, propolis has restorative properties that are out of the world.
*Fun fact! The name Propolis actually has its roots in Greek-“pro” in greek means before, and “polis” means city. When combined, propolis actually means “Defender of the City”.
Now, propolis is a resinous substance (not to be confused with honey!) that are made by bees in order to fill up the cracks and crevices of their hives, and also to protect against bacteria so the name really makes sense. SO COOL.
Since its a natural sealant, it works really well to help the skin retain moisture. Remember the mantra: Hydrated skin makes healthy and happy skin!
Wait, there’s more! Acne prone and oily skinned types, you’d want to read on for the next part.
Propolis works so well for acne prone and problematic skin as it balances and soothes, like a watery hug, and incorporating it in your skincare routine really helps with both prevention and recovery from acne related issues. Bacterial acne is caused by a tiny microbe that really thrives in our pores and tits presence usually triggers redness, inflammation and acne. This is when propolis can swoop in and save the day, since its antimicrobial properties makes propolis really effective in fighting bacterial acne and keeps everything in balance. That being said, hormonal acne cannot be stopped nor resolved with just creams alone, propolis can really help with the healing process. In the end, everything is really a question of balance.
In a nutshell, propolis is great for all skin types! If you’ve got sensitive, dry, oily or dull skin, propolis helps calm, revitalise, and correct. For the lucky ones with normal skin-incorporating propolis into your skincare routine really ups the ante for you by giving you that subtle, lit from within glow.
Leegeehaam’s Vita Propolis Ampoule, is truly one of my holy grail products. I’m well into my third bottle and there’s no looking back now. It’s formulated with 50% propolis extract (!!) I usually include a few drops of this into my moisturiser at night night (so the moisturiser acts as a carrier) and I wake up to beautifully soft and bright skin. If you are more a mask girl, Leegeehaam has a beautiful Vita Propolis Mask that really works its butt off to nourish your skin and give you that subtle glow from within. We really, really love the Vita Propolis Cream Moisturiser from that range too. It’s a warm, fluffy, buttery moisturiser that works its magic at night to deeply nourish and revitalise tired skin. Who knew that bee glue would pack such a punch?
We hope that propolis works as well for you just as it did for us. You know what, share your experiences and your thoughts on propolis with us by leaving a comment below! We’re so, so excited to hear from you.
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