It’s from the Bees. Why You Should Try Propolis Sunscreen

It’s from the Bees. Why You Should Try Propolis Sunscreen


It’s time to get serious about sunscreen — and you can help the endangered bee while you’re at it.

Bees could certainly use your help. Forty percent of the bee colonies that beekeepers oversee die each year because of toxic pesticides and development that destroys bee-nourishing plants.

Yet bees serve such vital functions, not just by pollinating plants, but also by making propolis, or bee glue, from poplar and cone-bearing trees.

Propolis — a sticky, reddish-brown glue — comes from beeswax combining with resin, pollen, balsams and tree sap that bees collect while they flit from plants to tree buds.

The glue holds beehives together, and research has shown its components can be effective as broad spectrum UVB and UVA photo-protection sunscreens. UVA exposure penetrates the skin more deeply than does UVB and contributes to wrinkles by degrading collagen.

Sunscreen with propolis got a boost in 2021 when Black-ish actress Tracee Elllis Ross told Marie Claire magazine that her favorite was Epicuren’s X-Treme Cream Propolis Sunscreen SPF 45+.

But be careful. Test a small amount first if you are allergic to bee stings.

Filed under:


Welcome to ChicagoNow.

our bloggers,

post comments, or

pitch your blog idea.

Meet The Blogger


Subscribe by Email

Completely spam free, opt out any time.

Latest on ChicagoNow

It’s from the Bees. Why You Should Try Propolis Sunscreen

from All is Well by twin
posted today at 11:32 am

How hurricanes got their names

from Chicago Weather Watch by Weather Girl
posted today at 8:50 am

Chicago’s Week in Beer, June 6-9

from The Beeronaut by Mark McDermott
posted today at 12:26 am

Metal band Dismalimerence at The Forge

from Chicago Night Photography by artemortifica
posted Saturday at 9:50 pm

Still searching for Sheena

from Chicago’s Art and Beer Scene by Sher
posted Saturday at 12:33 pm

Read these ChicagoNow blogs

Cubs Den

Chicago Cubs news and comprehensive blog, featuring old school baseball writing combined with the latest statistical trends

Pets in need of homes

Pets available for adoption in the Chicago area


It’s like the couch potato version of Mr. and Mrs. Smith.

About ChicagoNow



Recent posts RSS

Privacy policy (Updated)

Comment policy

Terms of service

Chicago Tribune Archives

Do not sell my personal info

©2022 CTMG – A Chicago Tribune website –
Crafted by the News Apps team

Read More

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.