Saturday 10 May 2014

Ingredients 101: Bee Venom

Natural or Synthetic: Natural

The Facts: Bee venom is extracted by placing a small metal plate alongside the gate of a beehive. The plate then generates a very small electrical charge that causes the bee to sting its surface. As the bee can't penetrate the plate's surface, its abdomen stays intact which prevents it from dying.

Beauty Benefits: Bee venom is often referred to as 'natural botox' as it is said to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Bee venom works by tricking the skin into believing it's been lightly stung with melittin, resulting in blood rushing to the 'affected' area - stimulating the production of natural collagen and elastin. Collagen strengthens body tissue, while elastin helps the skin to remain taut and bouncy.

Now, although some women swear that bee venom provides amazing skincare benefits, there is no scientific evidence to prove this.

Warnings: Bee venom has been approved for use in skincare products, however using it does come with risks. Those with sensitive skin may suffer with redness and irritation and the ingredient is obviously a big no-no for those allergic to insect stings.

Found in: Heaven Bee Venom Mask 50ml (£73.00 / $182.00 This gorgeous, natural face mask softens and calms the skin, whilst also lifting, tightening and firming. It is also loved  by the royals!

Heaven Bee Venom Mask
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