What Is Propolis?
Propolis from the hive
We are familiar with the benefits of honey within our diets and our skincare, but propolis hasn’t had the same exposure. So what exactly is it?
Propolis is a resin compound made by bees and used within the fabric of a beehive. The bees collect tree sap, and combine it with their own secretions and beeswax to produce a sticky coating to seal walls and strengthen combs. It also sterilises the hive to control the potential spread of any bacteria entering it.
Along with honey, propolis has been used for thousands of years, with ancient civilisations having discovered its medicinal properties and used it to treat abscesses and wounds. Egyptians learned from bees and used propolis to embalm mummies. Bees use it to embalm dead invaders of the hives where they are too large to remove. This stops them from decaying.
Antioxidants in propolis
The majority of compounds found within propolis are forms of polyphenols. These are antioxidants and so useful in fighting damage and disease within the body. Propolis contains the polyphenols called flavonoids, these are also found in food, including a range of fruit and vegetables but also green tea and red wine.
Propolis in skincare
Antioxidants work against free-radicals causing damage to your skin cells, helping deliver a radiant complexion. They also help to reduce the signs of ageing.
Propolis has antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties. It will help in healing, soothing and balancing problematic skin. It can also speed up the rate of cell renewal and decongests pores.
This wonderful, healing, ingredient is effective in alleviating the symptoms of eczema, psoriasis, skin inflammation and burns. It is also excellent for skin suffering from break-outs or acne, including hormonal skin.
Propolis from Pevonia
If you also like the power of honey within your skincare routine, you will find honey extract within our Rejuvenating Dry Skin Cream.
The Plantomer Mask Facial is highly effective at soothing and calming redness, and alleviating irritated or sensitive skin. A healing propolis ampoule is applied to desensitise the skin’s surface and strengthen capillaries. Propolis and seaweed are contained within the cooling, soft, lift-off mask which seals in the active ingredients from the ampoule.
For details on your local Pevonia spa, please go to www.pevonia.co.uk
By Kati Vardon PR & Marketing Executive