For cosmetic purposes, yellow beeswax is usually used because it has the highest vitamin A content. This vitamin is destroyed in the process of bleaching. That is why we do not recommend using white beeswax, as well as beeswax of any other colour apart from yellow: impurities can be harmful to the skin.
Beeswax: properties and composition
- Beeswax: properties and composition
- Fatty acids in beeswax
- Industrial use of beeswax
- Beeswax for home use
- Nourishing face creams
- Homemade face masks with beeswax
- Using beeswax for hand skin regeneration
- Safety measures when working with beeswax
Wax can melt, boil and burn. At a temperature of 35°C, it becomes soft and plastic. Its melting point is 68°C. At higher temperatures, beeswax burns.
Beeswax does not dissolve in water or glycerin. However, it is soluble in hot alcohol, paraffin, chloroform, essential oils, turpentine, gasoline and fat, because it consists of esters, alcohols and fatty acids.
Fatty acids in beeswax
- Myricyl palmitate – 80%.
- Cerotic acid – 15%.
- Cerolein – 4%.
There may be other elements and compounds, depending on the origin of beeswax and methods of its extraction. Overall, it contains more than 50 useful ingredients. Beeswax is made up of approximately 75% esters, 12-17% hydrocarbons, 15% fatty acids, and 2.5% water.
Thanks to its composition, beeswax can be stored for up to 100 years without losing its original properties if storage conditions are right.
Beeswax is a powerful antiseptic. It is used in the pharmaceutical industry, mostly for making ointments and patches. In folk medicine, beeswax is used for the treatment of burns, wounds, ulcers and skin inflammations.
Industrial use of beeswax
- Food industry: cheese coating to prevent it from drying out.
- Furniture production: beeswax is used as a natural wood polisher as well as parquet floor polisher.
- Household products: candles, mastics, lubricants.
- Perfumes and beauty products: organic beauty products, lipsticks, solid perfumes. Beeswax is used as a thickener in creams and ointments.
- Beekeeping: beeswax sheets are used as a foundation upon which the bees build their honeycomb.
- Casting: beeswax is used as a modeling material in casting process (including figure-casting).
Beeswax for home use
Creams, masks, lotions and balms containing beeswax can be made at home. It can also be used as a lip balm.
Beeswax promotes skin regeneration. As a cosmetic ingredient, it is suitable for normal, combination and dry skin. However, people with oily skin should use it with caution.
- Before using products containing beeswax, cleanse your skin thoroughly.
- Beeswax-containing products should not be warmer than body temperature.
- Beeswax concentration should not exceed 10%.
- Beauty products for oily skin prone to imperfections should not contain more than 0.5% of beeswax. Ointments, lotions and creams should not contain more than 1% of beeswax.
Nourishing face creams
1 yolk, 40 g margarine, 3 tbsp. olive oil, 15 g beeswax, 1 tsp. honey, 5 drops each of boric alcohol, vitamins A and E. Make orange infusion (add orange peel to 100 ml of boiling water, keep for 7 hours in a thermos and filter), add it to the cream and mix well. Keep in a cool place for up to 12 days.
Nourishing cream for aging skin
Take 10 g beeswax, juice of 1 lemon, 1 tsp. sour cream, 5 g lanolin, 2 tsp. olive oil. Mix well. The cream revives the skin and reduces wrinkles. Keep in a refrigerator for up to 12 days.
Juice of 2 lemons, 4 tsp. menthol water, 15 g beeswax. Mix well and keep for up to 12 days. The cream has a very strong effect, so do not use it more than twice a week.
Moisturizing cream for dry skin
10 g beeswax, 40 g margarine, 4 tsp. camphor alcohol, 2 ml vitamin E, 4 tsp. rosemary infusion.
10 g beeswax, 15 g blue clay, lemon juice of 1/2 lemon. This cream is used for whitening pigment spots. Apply once a day for 5 days. Repeat after 6 weeks.
It is best to apply natural cream with a cotton pad, and to remove excess cream with a damp cloth.
Homemade face masks with beeswax
Soothing mask for weathered skin
50 g beeswax, juice of 1 small lemon, 70 g honey. Apply to cleansed skin at bedtime and rinse off with warm water after 15 minutes.
Mask for preventing premature skin aging
25 ml white lily bulb juice, 20 g beeswax, 60 g honey. Apply twice a day (morning and evening) for 15 minutes. Remove the mask from your face with a damp cotton pad.
Melt beeswax, apply the warm mass on your face and let it harden. Then remove the mask from your face. Hardened beeswax acts as a peel-off mask: it helps to remove black spots and dirt, enhances blood circulation and rejuvenates the skin.
Nourishing and cleansing mask
10 ml peach essential oil, 10 g each of beeswax and lanolin, 40 g of vaseline. Apply and leave for 15 minutes, then rinse with warm water.
After removing any mask, make sure to apply moisturizing and/or nourishing cream.
Beeswax dramatically improves skin condition, leaving the skin nourished and soft. Despite the fact that it is slowly absorbed, it creates a protective film on the skin without clogging the pores. The film protects the skin from dehydration and slows down the aging process.
In addition, beeswax accelerates the healing of inflammations and skin burns.
Beeswax nail lamination (Japanese technique)
Japanese beeswax nail lamination is one of the most expensive salon procedures. In the Land of the Rising Sun, this nail treatment is popular both among women and men. It leaves the nails looking healthy and well-groomed, strengthens them and helps to prevent nail flaking.
Beeswax nail lamination includes 3 stages: manicure, massage and lamination.
You will need:
- a hand soak bowl with warm water. You can add bath salts/cucumber, aloe, or pineapple extract/honey/ hibiscus tea;
- a cuticle removing tool;
- a nail buffing block;
- ground sea salt for peeling;
- massage oil (or essential oil);
- a small bath towel;
- natural beeswax.
- Soak your hands in the bowl for 15 minutes, allowing the skin to absorb the maximum amount of useful substances. Pat your hands dry with a towel.
- Apply 4 drops of massage oil to each palm. Distribute over the entire surface of your hands, including cuticles. During the massage, the oil warms up and quickly penetrates into the pores of the skin.
- Shift the cuticles from the nails. Cutting the cuticle is not recommended because the micro cuts may get infected when you polish the nails.
- Apply a pinch of sea salt to each nail and buff your nails with a buffing block. Use gentle movements, paying special attention to the cuticles and nail edges. Dry your nails with a towel.
- Apply warm, soft beeswax on each nail and leave for 10 minutes. Then rub it into the surface of each nail plate, paying special attention to the edges. It will help to prevent nail splitting. The warmth of your hands will keep the beeswax warm and it will fill the microcracks in the nails.
This treatment makes the nails look healthy, strong and well-groomed, leaving them naturally glossy and giving them a healthy pink colour.
The effect lasts for 2 weeks. You can carry on with your daily life and housework. Your nails will remain smooth and gorgeous.
Using beeswax for hand skin regeneration
This recipe is suitable for:
- people who do not wear gloves when gardening;
- young mothers and housewives who often have to wash up or hand wash the laundry;
- people who do not wear gloves in the cold;
- everyone who wants to have smooth, soft and well-groomed hands.
You will need:
- disposable gloves;
- a small warm rug or blanket.
- Melt the wax in hot water and cool it slightly to prevent hand burning.
- Apply the beeswax to the backs of your hands. Pay special attention to the wounds and cracks in your skin.
- Wear disposable gloves and wrap your hands in a blanket for 15 minutes.
- Remove the beeswax from your hands and apply a nourishing cream.
Full results usually take 10 treatments. You can use the same beeswax.
After the treatments, your hands will look much better and younger.
Safety measures when working with beeswax
- Beeswax, just like honey, is believed to be completely safe for human health. But in rare cases, it may cause allergies. That is why you are recommended to take an allergy test before using beeswax. Apply some beeswax on a small area of the skin and check if there is a reaction. If no negative reaction is observed, you can use beauty products containing beeswax.
- When making homemade products, do not use dishes made of iron, cast iron or copper. When reacting with metals, fatty acids contained in beeswax form harmful salts.
- It is best to use enamel or glass dishes for melting beeswax.
- Before some treatments, a consultation with a dermatologist is required.
- Natural wax is sold in pharmacies and beekeeping shops.