The Buzz Around ‘Bee-Tox’: Bee Venom SkincarePosted on 31/07/2019
The Duchess of Cambridge was said to have had a bee venom facial right before her wedding day, giving her that beautiful and glowing complexion everyone raved on about. This tells us a few things – that the rich and famous do bizarre things but also, if they’ve used it, it must be good right?
But the idea of bee venom certainly brings back painful childhood memories of being stung by a bee, so it safe and will it hurt? Could bee venom be another beauty buzz or will it actually benefit your skin? Let’s find out.
So why bee venom in skincare?
Honey bee venom or apitoxin is the poison that makes bee stings painful. Surprisingly, bee venom is mostly water – 88% to be exact. Because of this water solubility, bees sting in moist tissue in order for the venom to disperse effectively. That’s why venom works so well on humans and why it’s made its way into our skincare.
When you get stung by a bee, it injects around 0.1mg of venom, which is made up of histamine, the element that causes the allergic reaction and dopamine, which raises your heart rate.
Apitoxin causes the skin to inflame and in effect, blood rises to the surface and sends signals to your skin to go into ‘healing mode’. When this happens, it generates collagen – which we all know is the key element of plump, smooth and fresh-looking skin that everyone desires.
We’re born with an abundance of collagen in our skin but as we age, the body’s production of collagen slows in our mid-to-late 20’s and continues to decrease dramatically after age 30. From there, the collagen levels in our skin begin to drop by 1-2% each year.
Bee venom in cosmetics is said to have an effect on the skin similar to Botox injections, tightening the skin and reducing fine lines and wrinkles. It’s been used to prevent photo-ageing and repair of damaged skin cells. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it’s perfect for those with acne.
Unlike the sting of the bee, apitoxin infused skincare isn’t painful on the skin. It’s completely safe to apply. The only contraindication is if you’re allergic to bee stings, it’s best to stay away from this ingredient. And of course, if you have sensitive skin, it is advised to patch test first since bee venom has such a complex blend of different compounds that may cause irritation for some.
Are bees harmed in the process?
Vegan beauty lovers may not want to try this ingredient since it’s derived from bees.
Through advancements in technology, our little buzzing friends are thankfully not harmed in the process. The process of extracting is humane and works by attracting bees to a glass pane which has a small electrical current running through it. The bees are encouraged to sting the glass, leaving behind small traces of bee venom without losing their stinger. As we know, bees die when they lose their stinger.
The bee venom is then purified to remove any unwanted particles such as dust and pollen, helping to ensure an ‘active’ and potent ingredient. If considering skincare with bee venom, choose one that has been ethically and sustainably sourced such as the Benton range.
We love the Benton Snail Bee High Content Mask to give instant hydration, giving your face a youthful plumping effect. Because it has an instant wow effect, it’s perfect just before a date or a special occasion – such as a Royal wedding as we’ve seen earlier.
Is bee venom the new Botox?
While Botox gives an instant ‘fuller’ look, it has its place in the beauty industry and is not for everyone.
Most women are moving away from invasive beauty treatments like plastic surgery and injectables in favour of more natural products with the same impact. Bee venom can be a great addition to your skincare regimen and is starting to become more common in skincare and is a wonderful natural alternative.
Have you tried bee venom infused skincare yet? A fan of bee venom? Tell us what you think about this beauty trend by leaving a comment below.
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