Propolis: For Us By…Bees?

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Remember when FUBU was actually a thing?  People actually wore FUBU.  Let that sink in for a bit.  LOL.  There were so many brands that had their 20 minutes (seconds?) of fame before sizzling out – Phat Farm, Baby Phat, Rocawear, Sean John, etc.  Speaking of Sean John, is P Diddy even relevant anymore?  Last I heard, he slipped and fell at the 2015 BET Awards, which seems to be a reflection of his career.  Hah!

Anyways, we all have phases we go through in life.  I have a tendency to change my career goals depending on the TV show I’m watching.  I’ve watched many shows spanning from Law & Order: SVU (the only Law & Order worth watching, IMO) to House to even Korean dramas revolved around baking.  I have wanted to become a detective, a doctor, a chef, a baker, a lawyer…all after the age of 20…and within a few months of each other. Hehe…Needless to say, I’ve had my fair share of phases.

Skincare is no different, and I may or may not have hit my I-LOVE-PROPOLIS phase.  I even have a toothpaste that has propolis in it.  LOL.  But just to clarify that I am actually not some overly obsessed, propolis-loving skincare fanatic, the propolis toothpaste just happened to be given to me as a gift during my I-LOVE-PROPOLIS phase.

So, what exactly is propolis?  The dictionary defines propolis as:

Propolis (prop-uh-lis): a red or brown resinous substance collected by honeybees from tree buds, used by them to fill crevices and to seal and varnish honeycombs.

…which means nothing to us.  In short, propolis can be thought of as bee glue.  It’s a sticky material made by bees from digesting tree buds or sap flowers and serves to seal small, unwanted openings in hive.  The composition of propolis varies depending on the region where it is found, but it mainly consists of resins (from plants), waxes, essential oils, and pollen.

So, this all sounds great, but what does this have to do with skincare?

Well, propolis has antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties, which isn’t too surprising since the biological role of resin in plants is to seal wounds and fight against microorganisms, fungi, and insects.  To add to this, it can be used as an emollient, which is just a fancy word for moisturizer.  And to top it all off, propolis has antioxidative properties!

Because of all these benefits – essential oils, vitamins, and antioxidants, propolis is a great ingredient to start incorporating into your skincare routine, regardless of skin type.  The additional antimicrobial and healing properties of propolis make it an even better ingredient for those who suffer from acne.

I recently hopped on the propolis train and started looking for propolis-containing skincare products.  I am currently using two products, and I absolutely love them both (and I’ll be sure to review them soon – don’t worry!).

Unlike P Diddy, I don’t foresee propolis slipping and falling out of my skincare anytime soon…LOL.  Let me stop throwing shade at P Diddy.  Jokes aside, propolis is an excellent ingredient to start incorporating into your skincare routine if you aren’t currently using it. It has done wonders for my skin, and it is definitely here to stay.

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