What's all the buzz about bee venom lately? Well, it's become the latest beauty ingredient to gain a celebrity following by none other than Kate Middleton. The science behind it is in activating collagen production through the chemical reaction instigated by the venom. When the dermis is lead to believe it has come under attack, it reacts by shooting blood to the surface. This stimulates natural collagen and elastin production, keeping the outer layer of skin firm and plump.
Bee venom is now being added to a variety of skincare products, including moisturizers, serums and masks. Very little is needed to elicit the desired effect, and of course, prevent adverse reactions. You should not try these products if you have allergic reactions to bee stings, however if you are certain you're not allergic to it, bee venom might be a healthier alternative to botox.
Here are some current distributors of bee venom skincare products in price point order:
Diet Esthetic Anti-Wrinkle Facial Cream Bee Venom Essence uses synthesized bee venom extracts, bee wax, propolis, royal jelly, pollen and honey to stimulate cell metabolism and nourish the skin. It contains no parabens or mineral oils. Get it at Baroness online. $26.92
Nip & Fab Bee Sting Fix Cream Deluxe aids in plumping the skin and minimizing wrinkles. The formulation contains Vitamin E and shea butter as well. This rich, hydrating cream can be found online at ASOS. On sale now for $31.48.
Manuka Doctor ApiNourish Rejuvenating Face Mask contains purified bee venom to stimulate cell regeneration and renew damaged skin cells. It is intensely nourishing and deeply hydrating and quickly absorbs into the skin. Find it at Manuka Doctor online. On sale now for $44.95.
skinChemists Bee Venom Duo Moisturizer contains an active ingredient of genuine bee venom to plump skin by increasing blood circulation and nutrient movement between the layers of the dermis. Also contains infusions of manuka honey, hyaluronic acid and aqyaxl to illuminate the complexion. Get it at Lookfantastic.com. $77.49
heaven by Deborah Mitchell Silver Bee Venom Mask with Organic ABEETOXIN. This mask contains abeetoxin, a natural alternative to injectable botulism poison which works to control facial muscle spasms that contribute to deep frown lines. This product is safe for sensitive skin and the eye area and can be applied day or night. $145.66
Rodial Bee Venom Night Gel is an advanced formula that renews skin cells overnight to improve skin tone and elasticity. It works in combination with complex plant extracts to bring visible results. The bee venom plumps fine lines and wrinkles by controlling facial muscle contractions and increasing blood circulation. Find it at Selfridges & Co. online department store. $150.00
Rodial Bee Venom Day Cream. This day formulation also contains Cyclopeptide-5, a peptide that restores and increases the skin's elasticity and firmness; and juvinity to make aging cells act younger by producing collagen. An excellent product for mature skin. Also found at Selfridges & Co. online department store. $220.00