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All around us, bees are quietly working away to keep our ecosystems thriving while maintaining our food supply through pollination. Unfortunately they’re faced with ever growing challenges due to habitat loss, climate change, and invasive species (we’re looking at you murder hornets).
In order to raise awareness for the most hardworking of all insects, the UN has designated May 20 as World Bee Day, and recommends that we all take steps to ensure that we protect the health and wellbeing of these essential pollinators.
If you have a garden, they suggest planting more flowers, shrubs and trees that provide nectar and pollen as food for bees and other pollinators, along with herbs and veggies like lavender, basil, mint and tomatoes to attract them. If you come across a beehive, avoid disturbing or destroying nests or hibernating insects, especially in places like grass margins, bare soil, hedgerows, trees, dead wood or walls.
Buying local, organic fruit and veggies helps to support beekeepers in your area, as well as purchasing beauty products that use sustainably-produced honey as an ingredient. Not only is honey an ideal skincare ingredient due to its antibacterial properties, it also draws in moisture to provide a protective barrier in lip balms and cleansers.
This ancient skincare ingredient is still widely used today, and with so many amazing products to choose from, we’ve gathered some of our favourite bee-powered beauty products below.
Made using ground almonds and coconut shell for exfoliation, and honey, cocoa and shea butter for softening, this bee-shaped scrub is an adorable way to soothe and protect dry skin in the shower.
SHOP IT: Lush, $9
Although pricey, this resurfacing serum has become a cult classic thanks to its gentle yet powerful results — and it has the TikTok following to prove it.
SHOP IT: Sephora, $77
I’ve been a fan of Burt’s Bees for years, and will often have a tube of this hydrating balm in every purse, desk drawer, and pocket available - all in the classic peppermint scent.
SHOP IT: Shoppers Drug Mart, $12
Made with nutrient-rich manuka honey, this cleansing balm effortlessly melts away makeup, grime and impurities to reveal soft, hydrated skin.
SHOP IT: The Detox Market, $76
Formulated to gently wash away buildup from hair, this wash helps maintain a natural moisture balance, resulting in healthy, soft and refreshed locks.
SHOP IT: Revolve, $56
This lightweight body butter provides 24 hours of moisture for dry skin, all with a delightful whipped texture.
SHOP IT: Kiehl’s, $51
Inspired by Cleopatra’s bathing rituals, this luxurious soak combines milk and Community Trade honey to create a relaxing spa-like bath.
SHOP IT: The Body Shop, $24
The latest addition to Urban Decay’s ever-popular Naked palettes, this collection of honey-scented shadows features a range of 12 golden neutral shades.
SHOP IT: Urban Decay, $68
Combining nourishing honey with brightening pumpkin, this affordable mask helps to even skin tone and provide a healthy glow.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $22
Protect hands from the drying effects of washing and sanitizing with this rich hand cream that easily stows away inside your bag for easy access.
SHOP IT: L’Occitane, $12
Acacia honey helps to hydrate skin while purifying, rather than leaving it feeling tight and dry like some other toners.
SHOP IT: Sephora, $42
Cocoa and shea butters are combined with nourishing honey in this sugar body scrub that leaves skin feeling smooth and hydrated.
SHOP IT: Bath & Body Works, $23 ($16 USD)