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All Natural Skin Healing Balm Recipe with Beeswax & Propolis

By Rosie Lewis 

I’ve been a Celebrity Make up Artist for the past 11 years. 
During my career I have worked with many different clients both in and out of the public eye, ranging from Prime Ministers to pop stars. 
But for me one thing rings true for beautiful skin, it HAS to be healthy. Blemishes, acne, eczema and damaged skin are a fact of life. Skin is not just affected by our diet, but also by our lifestyles and environment
 so it always made sense to me to turn back to nature to bring skin back to health.
Those London Chicks - unbeelieveableI absolutely love Unbeelievable Health’s Bee prepared immune support supplements, which combine bee propolis & other nutrients, all of which are rich in antioxidants & beneficial nutrients. These clever ingredients help promote balance and healing of the skin from the inside out. Several of the ingredients have anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation is one of the key causes of skin aging, and of a dull complexion. I take Bee Prepared daily defence every day as part of my skincare routine for a healthy glow, inside and out!
I decided to take things up a notch by trying out their recipe for a beeswax & calendula based skin healing balm, a version of which was first published on Gwyneth Paltrow’s GOOP. I was impressed. The balm is simple to make and contains only a few additional ingredients, including the contents of a couple of Bee Prepared capsules.

Calendula Oil

Calendula oil, one of the key ingredients, is something
I could jump up and down about! It’s so soothing and totally moisturising for the skin. It hydrates, plumps and soothes. It also helps heal scars, dry patches, eczema and psoriasis too.
Bees wax
 is nature’s own incredible barrier! Bees wax acts as a surfactant on your skin. It forms a protective layer, a literal line of defense against the elements, whilst still allowing your skin to breathe.
Bees wax adds a rich and nourishing feel to the balm.
Lavender oil is a great addition and is such a wonder to use on skin. 
Many of us associate it with calming aromatherapy uses and its de-stressing scent, so too, is its effect on the skin.
Lavender is naturally antiviral and anti fungal. I’ll apply lavender oil to a graze and it heals beautifully. So imagine how delicately it works on the face.

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Tea Tree Oil

 

We know so much already about the medicinal Tea Tree oil and its cleansing properties. It is amazing at helping fight acne and works wonders preventing further breakouts. It’s also nature’s number one anti septic and is great for helping treat and heal any cuts or scrapes on the skin. Tea tree oil is terrific for treating sunburn and for helping heal skin chapping from the harsh cold winter elements.
Bee Prepared Immune Support Daily defence contains Bee Propolis, which bees collect from trees and plant buds and is used to sterilize the hive from microbes. It has been shown to have  antifungal & antibacterial properties, Black Elderberry Extract which has loads of  Vitamin C, bioflavanoids & antioxidants, Olive Leaf Extract which has twice the antioxidants of green tea and natural which is has an ORAC value double that of green tea & also has natural anti-inflammatory actions,  Beta 1, 3/1,6 Glucans which helps aid the immune system to develop antibodies to microbial and fungal invaders & Acerola Cherry which has the highest levels of Vitamin C of any fruit, with 100 g fresh berries equivalent to 1864% of daily-recommended intake!

So now we’re shouting, HOW DO I GET THIS GOODNESS ON TO MY SKIN! The answer couldn’t be simpler.

Ingredients:

  • 1.2 ounce/15g melted beeswax  
  • 3 Tablespoons macerated calendula oil
  • 10 drops lavender oil
  • 6 drops tea tree oil
  • 6 Capsules of Bee Prepared Daily Defence

Open & mix in 6 capsules of Bee Prepared daily defence Melt beeswax in a glass or ceramic ramekin inside a small pot filled with boiling water that goes half way up the side of the ramekin (make sure water does not get in the wax). When melted, remove pot from heat.
Add calendula oil & continue stirring (a chopstick works well as you can throw it away after) until blended.  Now add lavender & tea tree oils. Keep stirring so it doesn’t harden unevenly.
Once it starts to harden a bit, replace ramekin back in water & melt mixture again, stirring all the while.
Remove ramekin again & keep mixing, letting it cool till it has reached a paste consistency. Then open and add the Bee Prepared capsules, blending until mixed well.  Add to jar(s).
Wipe out ramekin while still warm with kitchen towel to remove balm before washing.

May be used on troubled areas or applied in a thin layer as a mask which you can leave on to soak in or wipe off.  With clean hands and a clean face warm a bit of the balm between your fingers before applying. 
On my clients I really warm it in my hands for a few minutes before even touching the face. 
Not only does this make the wax even more pliable and luxurious feeling, but awakens the lavender scent and blends it all again. Warming it helps release the benefits.

Very damaged skin or eczema may be covered with a thick paste & covered with a plaster. For verucas, molluscs, warts  & boils, take a small bit of balm and mix in extra Bee Prepared to make it more concentrated.

Along with topical application of this wonder mask, I find taking the Bee Prepared pills as a supplement, is a complexion saviour! Just what we need in these long winter months! www.unbeelievablehealth.com

makeup-artist-celebrity-beautifulRosie Lewis is a Celebrity make up artist working on TV shows such as Made In Chelsea and does makeup for red carpet events,  She has also worked with the Prime Minister and at at the House of Commons for various MPs.
Rosie also presents on QVC and  writes editorial beauty features for various publications.
TV clients include
BBC1, BBC2, ITV1 ITV2, Channel4, Sky, Sky1, Living Tv, UKTVGold, E4, MTV, MTV2
Commercial Work Includes
Barclays Bank, Sony Playstation, Sony Asia, Green King IPA, Tesco, Sainsburys, Marks and Spencer, QVC, Tottenham Hotspur FC, Pizza Express, Lynx, Dairy Lea, Jergens Skin Care, Londsdale, Comic Relief & GHD.
Editorial Includes
Red Magazine, Hello Magazine, OK!, Closer, New! Magazine, Fabulous Magazine, Cosmopolitan, FHM, Loaded, Heat Magazine, Company, Reveal, Psychologies Magazine, The Guardian, The Sun, The Daily Express, The Mirror, The Saturday Times.

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