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Why Propolis and Royal Jelly Deserve a Spot in Your Skin Care Routine

These lesser-known apian products will give you bee-utiful skin
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Have you ever tried beauty products containing propolis or royal jelly? You may even be asking yourself what these ingredients are. If you're familiar with honey-infused beauty products, royal jelly and propolis are two other natural ingredients that come from bees and are commonly used in skin care for their soothing, antiseptic and anti-aging properties.

Royal jelly is a substance created by worker bees by combining bee pollen, honey and enzymes that their bodies produce. The result is a highly nutritious substance that is fed to bee larvae. All bees consume royal jelly, but those destined to become a queen bee are fed copious amounts of the substance for the rest of their lives to help them grow larger, stronger and fit for repopulating the hive. Because it's such a nutrient-dense food for bees, royal jelly contains amino acids, lipids, proteins, vitamins — as well as antibacterial and antibiotic qualities that are all very good for your skin. Royal jelly is highly moisturizing and works to maintain the skin's moisture barrier and elasticity.

Propolis, also known as bee glue, is a substance created by mixing their saliva with beeswax and sap from local trees and flowers. Bees use propolis to seal their hives from the elements or in sterilizing and protecting it from foreign invaders. Thanks to the addition of sap, propolis is a natural antiseptic It is also high in amino acids, antioxidants and vitamins — all in all, making it a wonderful ingredient for combination or acne-prone skin. Propolis has even been shown to help people with eczema. It helps to balance the skin, while healing breakouts and flare-ups and prevent them from returning.

If you're looking for firmer, smoother, calmer, clearer skin, check out the following bee beauty products and see why royal jelly and propolis are welcome additions to any skin care routine.

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These perfectly sized sheet masks fit your face comfortably and contain a plethora of bee product goodness. Honey and aloe help moisturize the skin, while royal jelly and bee venom are a dream team for plumping and firming. Apply the mask and let sit for 20 minutes then pat in the remaining serum for a soft, smooth, lifted appearance.

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If you have oily or combination skin, this is a great daily moisturizer for you. It's ultralightweight, feels cool to the touch and absorbs quickly without any tackiness. Containing royal jelly, it helps to fight fine line and wrinkles and it won't clog pores or break you out.

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This body butter is so luxurious — from the silky smooth texture to the (almost) good enough to eat scent. The natural blend of oils and butters melts right in without any greasy residue. It contains a winning combination of beeswax, honey, propolis and royal jelly to soothe and soften even the most sensitive of skin.

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Know how some toners can leave your face tight and dry? Not this one. This unique gel-toner is just what thirsty skin needs. Sweep over skin immediately after cleansing to prime it for the rest of your skin care regimen. It contains honey and royal jelly to nourish skin as well as a slew of calming and hydrating ingredients to leave it soft, dewy and plump. It's also a favorite among sufferers of eczema.

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