Friday, March 30, 2018

Propolis All the Rage in French Pharmacies

Well+Good, March 29, 2018

When a skin-care item starts flying off the shelves in French pharmacies, you know it’s only a matter of time before it reaches cult status here, too. The upcoming star ingredient set to reach this status? Propolis.

Propolis is the resin that bees create out of trees, flowers, and wax, which they carry back to their hives to seal it and keep it sterile. “It’s full of bioflavanoids, it’s antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory,” says Angelina Umansky, the facialist and skin-care guru behind San Francisco’s Spa Radiance. “Bees bring it into their hives so they don’t get diseases.”

The long-time esthetician notes that the ingredient used to be around a lot in the 80s and 90s, but then vanished. “Old is becoming new again,” she says. “It’s in the French and Italian pharmacies, and I’ve seen a whole section for propolis.” It’s back, baby...

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