Beeswax

Beeswax (Cera alba) plays a unique role in the skin care. Because it is insoluble in water and is not absorbed into the skin, beeswax primarily protects the surface of the skin and traps water on the surface. It effectively softens skin and creates a long-lasting protective coating against the elements.

Beeswax is also a natural sun protectant. It can be comedogenic on the face, so is best used on the body. It makes a great addition to body butters and lip balms.

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