Have you noticed how Camilla Parker is looking 10 years younger these days? Well, rumor has it that she has been using Heaven, a cream that contains bee venom. And supposedly, future princess, Kate Middleton has taken this beauty tip as well from her now mother-in-law.
The bee venom cream was created by celebrity-endorsed beautician Deborah Mitchell, who has been treating the Duchess of Cornwall for many years. Her product line’s star ingredient is bee venom, while incorporating Manuka honey, shea butter and other essential oils like lavender and rose. Celebrities who endorse her bee venom products include Michelle Pfiefer, Gwyneth Paltrow, Dannii Minogue, Katie Price and Victoria Beckham.
How Does Bee Venom Cream Work?
For centuries, bee honey has been praised for its health and beauty benefits, not to mention its sweet, succulent taste. Honey is not the only beauty gift from our buzzing, black and yellow friends. Royal jelly, a food-like substance used to nourish developing queen bees, is known for its high vitamin and protein content and is also used in several skin creams. But what most people don’t know about bees is that their venom can also aid in the quest for a younger-looking face.
Bee venom, a recent breakthrough in anti-aging due to its restorative properties, is said to stimulate the skin and relax muscles that cause the dreaded wrinkles. It works by gently stinging the skin with melittin and apamin, both derived from bee venom. The skin reacts as if it has been stung, thereby jumpstarting the production of elastin and collagen, which are essential to youthful-looking skin. The bee venom acts by “tricking” the skin to produce these naturally occuring proteins.
What Are The Advantages of Bee Venom Treatments?
• One major advantage of bee venom creams is that it requires absolutely no needles, which is a big plus for those who are antsy about injections in the face. Botox, the famed tried-and-true face relaxer, requires needle injections. Since bee venom treatments are topically applied, they are painless and non-invasive.
• Bee-venom is natural, which makes it ideal for those who are skeptical of using artificial chemicals, let alone a toxin, on their faces.
• Users of bee venom treatments will also still be able to make natural-looking facial expressions, whereas Botox injections tend to make the face look more “frozen,” sometimes leaving the patient unable to express their emotions with prolonged use. Bee venom claims to smooth out wrinkles, without the fake look of Botox injections.
The process of collecting the bee venom is a tedious one. The bee venom is collected from natural beehives in New Zealand by placing electrically charged glass planes near the bees, which causes them to sting it and deposit venom. After being processed, 500g can cost a whopping $55,000 (there is approximately 1% of bee venom in a jar). Mitchell’s bee venom masks sell for about $79 each.