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Why you Need Propolis in your Skin Care Routine

By: Erika Nomeland
June 8th, 2023

Propolis, the magical ingredient missing from your skincare routine, holds incredible power with its unique composition of over 300 plant compounds [1]. Created by honeybees, propolis combines materials from various plants with bee enzymes, acting as the glue that fortifies their hives against intruders, environmental damage, bacteria, fungus, and viruses. This natural wonder serves as the honeybees’ first line of defense, ensuring their safety.
For centuries, humans have recognized the medicinal and skincare benefits of propolis. Ancient Greeks and Romans used it for wound healing and as an antiseptic, while the Egyptians incorporated it into their embalming practices. In the 17th century, propolis was even recognized as an official drug in London, and it played a role in treating soldiers during World War II [2]. Though its medical applications have evolved with modern medicine, propolis continues to offer remarkable benefits for the skin. Let’s delve into why propolis could be the ingredient you’ve been longing for in your skincare routine.

1. Reduced Hyperpigmentation: Propolis is particularly intriguing when it comes to combating hyperpigmentation. Whether it’s post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation from injuries or acne, age spots, melasma, or sun damage, propolis’s abundance of polyphenols and phytochemical properties has shown promising results in inhibiting the development of hyperpigmentation, gradually reducing its appearance as the skin rejuvenates [3].

2. Diminished Fine Lines and Wrinkles: Propolis has been scientifically proven to address fine lines and wrinkles through multiple mechanisms. Its rich flavonoid and phenol content accelerates skin turnover, boosts collagen production, and provides antioxidant benefits, leading to a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles over time [4].

3. Acne Healing and Prevention: Searching for the ultimate acne treatment? Propolis might just be the solution you’ve been seeking. With centuries of antibacterial and antifungal use, propolis is renowned for reducing acne, including cystic acne, while also alleviating inflammation and hyperpigmentation [5].

4. Relief for Skin Conditions: Propolis’s flavonoids have demonstrated the ability to alleviate symptoms associated with psoriasis and dermatitis. Combined with its well-established anti-inflammatory properties, propolis can provide relief from redness, puffiness, and other manifestations of conditions like rosacea [6].

5. Soothing Properties: Propolis’s remarkable anti-inflammatory benefits, attributed to caffeic acid—a phenol also found in tea—help reduce inflammation and redness. With decreased inflammation, skin heals faster, rejuvenates more rapidly, and appears younger and more radiant. Additionally, propolis boasts an impressive record of being non-irritating and safe for sensitive skin [5].

6. Enhanced Collagen Production: Numerous studies on wound healing have confirmed that propolis stimulates the production of collagen type 1 and 3, leading to accelerated and healthy wound healing. This benefit extends to the skin, as collagen type 1 provides a youthful, plump definition. As a bonus, propolis has also been shown to reduce collagen degradation, ensuring you retain more collagen while promoting its synthesis [7].

The scientific evidence supporting propolis is robust, and researchers and medical professionals continue to uncover its additional uses. Nature has gifted us with propolis—an ingredient with outstanding safety records, diverse applications in medical and dermatological settings, and the added advantage of cosmetic improvements. That Beetch skincare line incorporates active levels of propolis in every product, complemented by targeted actives to deliver its powerful benefits. So go ahead, indulge in That Beetch skincare and experience the propolis fix you’ve been dreaming of!

Sources:

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8698766/
[2]https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3872021/#:~:text=Propolis%20is%20a%20natural%20resinous,plants%2C%20buds%2C%20and%20exudates.
[3] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33322005/
[4]https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35001491/#:~:text=Propolis%20is%20rich%20in%20flavonoids,%2C%20activation%2C%20and%20growth%20capacity.
[5]https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7036894/#:~:text=Propolis%20smoothes%20out%20wrinkles%20and,free%20radicals%20on%20the%20skin.
[6] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8698766/
[7] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23781260/

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