The ancient egyptians used this substance to embalm the dead bodies, while the greeks and the romans used it for its healing properties. Already in the NINETEENTH and TWENTIETH centuries acknowledged their capabilities, natural antibiotic: next to the honey, it was used to heal wounds of war before the introduction of penicillin. The propolis helped that these wounds cicatrizasen better and not be infected, properties that gradually have been percolating in the world of cosmetic to improve the appearance and health of the skin. The boom of natural cosmetics it has also helped to give the boost to this ingredient, which can currently be found in a multitude of cosmetics.
Mainly you will find propolis in cosmetics focused on the care of acneic skins, since their antibacterial properties are very beneficial in this case, reducing the appearance of pimples and blackheads and improve the appearance of our skin.
Also for sensitive skin works as it works against dermatitis, eczema and even psoriasis, due to its content of flavonoids, known as antioxidants, healing the cellular damage, and their analgesic properties that soothe the discomfort. If we do not have this type of skin but we are going to submit to treatments skin, that can make them aware of temporarily, the propolis will be our great ally to protect it from external aggression and regenerating it from the inside, as it also contains essential fatty acids, oligoementos, vitamins and amino acids.
Even in the occurrence of herpes is useful, since when there is an inflammation of the epidermal cells, causing pain. Also if the skin on our lips tends to dry out and crack nothing better than a lip balm containing propolis to repair and regenerate the skin and prevent infection in the cracks. If it is combined with oils such as olive or avocado, as well as with natural ingredients in highly moisturizing as the shea butter, even better.
In the body propolis is especially recommended after hair removal, because it prevents the irritation of the skin especially if we pass the blade. Apply moisturizing cream or lotion that contains this ingredient will relieve the itching sensation and itching later. In hair products is also included to regulate the excess of grease and clean it in depth. With this problem it is recommended to use shampoos that will also include rosemary, to enhance these effects.
In addition to cosmetics, another option is to take propolis extract natural form or in oral capsules to take maximum advantage of their benefits throughout the body. In this way also we shall use their qualities to prevent and treat infections in the respiratory tract and protect our throat.
Content developed in collaboration with Monica Lizondo, pharmaceutical and co-founder of Farmaconfianza.