Propolis is a popular ingredient in Korean skincare due to its numerous benefits for the skin.

It’s time we explored the benefits of propolis in skincare and how it is used in Korean cosmetics.

What is Propolis?

Propolis is a natural resin-like substance that is produced by bees from the sap of trees and plants. Bees use propolis to seal and protect their hives from external threats, such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Propolis contains a complex mixture of bioactive compounds, including flavonoids, phenolic acids, and terpenes, that give it a wide range of health benefits.

What can Propolis do for your skin?

Propolis is known for its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties, and has been used for centuries in traditional medicine to treat a variety of health conditions. In recent years, propolis has become a popular ingredient in skincare and cosmetic products due to its ability to promote skin health and combat signs of ageing. It can help soothe and heal irritated skin, improve skin texture and elasticity, and protect the skin from environmental damage.

Who can use Propolis skincare?

It can be used by all ages, skin types but as with any skincare product, it's always a good idea to patch test first to check for any allergic reactions.

What can Propolis really do for red, dry, sensitive?

Propolis can help to reduce redness and irritation, soothe and hydrate dry skin, and strengthen the skin's natural barrier function. Propolis can be found in a variety of skincare products, such as moisturizers, serums, and masks, that are specifically formulated to target redness, dryness, and sensitivity.

Are there any Propolis benefits for acne?

Propolis has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties that make it a beneficial ingredient for acne-prone skin. It can help kill acne-causing bacteria, reduce redness and swelling, and promote wound healing and tissue regeneration. Propolis also has antioxidant properties, which can help protect the skin from free radical damage and prevent further breakouts. Propolis can be found in a variety of acne-targeted skincare products, making it a useful addition to a skincare routine for those with acne-prone skin.

Some of the most popular products are COSRX Full Fit Propolis Synergy Toner (150ml) and COSRX Full Fit Propolis Light Cream but there is of course many more.

Can I mix propolis with retinol?

Pairing propolis with a retinoid  is a great idea as propolis keeps the skin hydrated and minimizes the likelihood of unwanted side effects that can come with retinoids, such as dryness and flaking.

Can you use vitamin C and propolis together?

Combining propolis and vitamin C can enhance the benefits of antioxidants in reducing oxidative stress, which is beneficial for those who are particularly concerned about their complexion. This is because propolis and vitamin C are both antioxidants that work to neutralize free radicals.

Is propolis anti-ageing?

Propolis is particularly effective for anti-aging as it is abundant in flavonoids and phenolic compounds. These compounds are well-known for their ability to prevent skin ageing by promoting fibroblast activation, proliferation, and growth capacity.

Can I use propolis on my face everyday?

Propolis can be seamlessly incorporated into your daily skincare routine as it is completely safe for everyday use. It offers hydration for individuals with dry skin, and it is even suggested for those with oily skin due to its absorbent properties.

The best Korean Propolis serum

Propolis serums and ampoule calm skin irritation and redness while protecting the skin from free radicals and promoting hydration at the same time. Some of our favourites are:

Overnight treatment session with Propolis products

If you prefer more hands-off approach to skincare, then we highly recommend checking COSRX Full Fit Propolis Honey Overnight Mask or iUNIK Propolis Vitamin Sleeping Mask. Get your beauty sleep with our nourishing sleeping mask and wake up to plump, calm, and radiant skin.

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