Propolis, used by bees to protect their hives from bacteria, works in a similar way to protect our precious skin from the perils of summer. We have all had sunburn, prickly heat and sensitive skin to deal with at some point and it just ain't pretty!
Head to Holland & Barratt for Propolis sold in capsule form (£9.99 for 100 capsules) which helps to heal and protect your skin from the inside out. Or try Pevonia, a luxe botanical brand who have created Soothing Propolis Concentrate £41.50, a multi-purpose serum, which can be used in conjunction with your skincare regime (before moisturising) to soothe and repair sensitive skin. It can also be used to banish bites and stings, plus it's anti-bacterial which helps prevent any future infection. Finally Traverno Organic from Adili also have a Propolis ointment £8, specially formulated to banish cracked heels and dry skin for good.
Propolis is definitely the ELLE teams new summer handbag essential.
By Amy Lawrenson
Posted: 29 May 2008More