You may have heard about the benefits of bee pollen skin care. Its proponents claim that bee pollen will enhance your inner glow, beauty, and energy with a mix of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. The Chinese have used bee pollen for centuries to help to increase energy, fight fatigue and depression, improve digestion, and up the libido.
However, the real secret to bee pollen isn’t the granules themselves. Each bee pollen granule contains about four million pollen grains, in which the nutrients are residing. But the skin can’t break down these granules into their constituents the way the digestive tract can. Instead, on your skin, the bee pollen acts as more of an exfoliant or just hangs there outside of your skin!
The Reported Benefits of Bee Pollen Skin Care
Although the active components of bee pollen can’t be extracted out by your skin, its use may still have some mild benefits. According to the journal International Immunopharmacology, crushed bee pollen granules may inhibit atopic dermatitis-like lesions, at least in mice. Yet the most promising claim about bee pollen is that its use may stimulate collagen production by fibroblasts, as suggested by a study published in Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry in 2004.
But why does it work? The reason might surprise you!
What to Do If You Want the Effects of Bee Pollen Skin Care
If you want to see the effects of bee pollen on your skin, use amino acids!
Let me explain. Bee pollen is one of the richest sources of complete protein in nature, meaning that it supplies the body with all essential amino acids. But when you apply bee pollen to your skin, those granules can’t be dissolved into their constituent parts. The amino acids can’t get through to your skin!
Topically-applied amino acids have been found to do all of the following and more:
- Fight fine lines and wrinkles (European Journal of Dermatology, 2013);
- Hydrate (Journal of Peptide Science, 2012);
- Promote wound healing (JPEN, 2014);
- Prevent infections (PLoS Pathogens, 2008);
- Boost protein synthesis within the skin (Minerva Pediatrica, 2014).
So if you want the effects of bee pollen for your skin, cut to the chase. Use their component amino acids directly on your skin!