Basics of glow - Propolis

by Azraëlle I. October 20, 2017 2 Comments

Basics of glow - Propolis

Long time no glow talk. Recently, there has been a lot of talk about an ancient remedy which has been a steady ingredient in many K-Beauty products over the past years: Propolis. The ancient Greek citadel? No… Not Acropolis.

Hydrating, soothing and a powerful weapon against acne and oily skin are only a few good things about propolis. Keep on reading why propolis is the employee of the month when it comes to many skin care ingredients. Let’s talk about honey, honey.

What is Propolis?

Honey bees don’t only collect nectar and pollinate flowers – they also produce honey and bee glue. Thank you bees!

Bee glue is a synonyme for Propolis. Bees produce propolis by mixing beeswax, saliva and exudate gathered from sap, tree buds and other botanical sources in order to:

  • reinforce the structural stability of the hive
  • reduce vibration 
  • seal alternative entrances of the hive
  • prevent parasites and diseases from entering the hive
  • minimize the risk of bacterial or fungal growth
  • mummify intruders who may enter the hive and die there. Bees are tidy animals and usually carry waste outside. But let’s say a mouse enters the hive and dies there, the bees can’t carry the carcass outside as it is too heavy, so they will seal it in propolis in order to prevent decomposition.

Beekeepers normally scrape away the propolis from the hive boxes and unlike with bee venom (which might be good for your skin but the harvesting process is very cruel and occasionally fatal for bees) no bees are harmed during this process.

Propolis skin benefits

Before we get to the amazing skin care benefits, let me just add that you can also consume propolis in order to boost your immune system or to treat colds.

Let's break it down! Propolis is:
  • antibacterial and antimicrobial
  • rich in vitamins and antioxidants
  • hydrating
  • softening
  • soothing
  • speeds up the healing process

As Propolis contains strong antibacterial and antimicrobial properties it is very effective in treating acneic skin, inflammations and fighting off those nasty bacteria, that lay themselves in your skin’s pore and cause breakouts. Propolis’ natural function is to preserve, so it hydrates and softens your skin too, making it supple and healthy by creating a barrier which protects your skin from environmental pollution while feeding it with vitamins and antioxidants. If you have suffered sun damage or have a rash, the soothing propolis is the right choice. Another wonderful benefit of propolis is the after-care of blemishes, as it speeds up the recovery process and helps with the scarring.

Curious and want to give propolis a try? Check out our favourite propolis skin care warriors!

It’s easy to tell why we are propolis fanboys and fangirls, right? Let me tell you we had a really hard time picking our bee glue favourites. 

The TOSOWOONG Pure Propolis Sheet Mask deserves its name, as it contains plenty of it. Enriched with Niacinamide, Adenosine and soothing Panthenol, this mask delivers instant glow and radiant skin. Guaranteed.

The jelly consistency paired with propolis, royal jelly and honey extract makes this gentle low pH cleanser from J.ONE a keeper. No parabens. No mineral oils. No synthetic dyes. Yes please.

Want the real deal? May we suggest the Propolis Light Ampule by COSRX containing 80% propolis extract? You can use this liquid gold on it’s own as a moisturizer or add a few drops to your cream to increase the effect. Editor’s tip: Mix 2-3 drops with your foundation for glowy complexion.

Here comes a beauty sleep upgrade. This Black Jelly Sleeping Pack from J.ONE is literally an antioxidant bomb so it is not surprising that it contains a fair amount of black bee propolis among red wine, black cumin seed, black truffle, black currant, blackberry and black pearl. Allblackeverything. What else?

As we were talking about how propolis benefits acneic and oily skin, we can’t leave this one out. It is the holy grail of two of our beauty editors (skin types: oily and acne-prone // dehydrated and sensitive) so it received lots of love from our head quarter. To increase the anti-acne and oil-control effect, the COSRX Natural BHA Skin Returning Emulsion contains 1% BHA combined with 70% black bee propolis. It soothes and hydrates your skin while preventing further breakouts and reducing inflammation.

Want more Propolis? How about 85% propolis and natural beeswax? Intense hydration, nutrition and antioxidants combined with antiseptic properties. Really? Really. You can either use this Honey Overnight Mask by COSRX as the last step of your evening skin care routine or as a moisturizer on those bad skin days.

Did you ever try a propolis skin care product? Which one did you try? Let us know in the comments below! <3

Release your glow!

Azraëlle I.
Azraëlle I.


2 Responses


October 24, 2017

Really interesting article! :D


October 21, 2017

Propolis as a supplement has so many benefits. You can buy it as powder and either mix with honey or your meal. I am curious about the honey overnight mask. The 85% propolis sound very tempting

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