What It Is: Propolis is more than just our prediction for trendiest celebrity baby name of 2013. It’s also known as “bee glue” to people who’re into these things. Propolis is a resinous material filled with everything from flavonoids to essential oils to alcoholic extracts, depending on the region it’s coming from. Bees collect it with their little bee hands from plant juices, tree bark, and twigs and bring it back home, where they use to it to seal openings in their hive. Crafty!
Celebrity Endorsements: Cleopatra was the first big name to use propolis in her beauty routine. As the story goes, she was on the hunt for the next “it” product after she became bored with bathing in honey and camel’s milk. As you do. At the time, Ancient Egyptians were already using propolis for embalming. And if it could keep dead people looking so fresh, imagine what it could do for the living! We dig the thought process, ‘Patra. Can we call you ‘Patra?
What It Does: What doesn’t it do? Propolis been studied for its benefits as a dental anti-plague agent to its help in preventing the growth of tumors. When it comes to skincare, propolis is great as an emollient and an antibiotic, thanks to its high flavonoid content. It’s full of natural antioxidants, so it protects your skin from acne and irritation, and its mild anesthetic effect soothes any burning or itching (just don’t get any bright ideas about putting it on your ladybits). Propolis also contains healthy stuff like calcium, zinc, potassium, and bioflavonoids, which are the superantioxidants you’ll find in some veggies and citrus fruit. Put that all in lotions and serums, and your skin is a happy camper. Sure beats rubbing oranges and crushed multivitamins all over our bodies every morning.