Propolis is one of those ingredients which has a very strong presence in Korean skin rituals.
For centuries it was used as a brilliant moisturising ingredient that has anti-septic properties.
Recent additions to our offer from By Wishtrend, COSRX and iUnik hinted us to write a little bit more about this amazing ingredient and how it can help your skin achieve the smooth look and even texture.
What is propolis?
Propolis, also known as bee glue, is a natural substance that comes from resins collected by honey bees as they build their hives.
It is a combination of tree sap and beeswax made by bees to fill in honeycomb crevices for protection.
Why do we talk about it now?
Propolis is one of the ingredients for multiple purposes. In the current circumstances, our skin is under massive pressure. As we sit at homes our skin does not receive enough vitamin D which is responsible for supporting skin barrier. Still unique situation, stressful life with limited physical activities, working from home, and not always healthy diet, trigger cortisol (stress hormone) which can have very negative influence on our skin texture and look.
What are the benefits of propolis?
This hero ingredient has a number of properties and we will list few here.
Among the various skincare benefits propolis is famous for its:
Antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral: Propolis is known for its ability to fight bacteria on your skin. Hence, it is a great ingredient for acne-prone skin
Smoothing, brightening and softening: propolis helps to regenerate skin and make its texture smoother and plump.
Soothing: Because of the healing abilities, propolis is great for sunburns; it soothes and helps to speed up the recovery process.
Anti-ageing: This is a strong antioxidant. It fights free radicals and protects the skin from environmental stressors such as sun, pollution, avoiding cellular damage.
What skin types can use it?
Every product containing propolis will have specific recommendations of who should use it.
There are different skin conditions and some of the products may address specifically one of them.
However, propolis because of its various properties have widespread use.
There are different types of acne: hormonal, bacterial, etc. Propolis will be great for sebum production control. As it has anti-bacterial and antiseptic properties it will be great to treat inflammation. In addition, will help to tackle acne scarring.
This ingredient is also anti-ageing and moisturising. Hence people of all ages can use it.
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