Hailed as ‘natures answer to Botox’ Bee Venom is the latest phenomenon to hit skincare products. Bee Venom therapy (Apitherapy) has 5,000 years of history, dating back to ancient Egypt, Greece and China.
It’s natural that you might be cautious about voluntarily applying Bee Venom to your skin but, small amounts in creams and serums is perfectly acceptable.
How It works
As skin ages it gradually loses its naturally occurring collagen and elastin which results in sagging skin and fine lines and wrinkles. Bee Venom therapy works to help reverse these signs of ageing by encouraging the stimulation of these two naturally produced skin ingredients.
Now, when you are stung by a bee the venom makes the skin swell up and itch and the reaction can last a couple of days. This is what happens (on a smaller scale) when the Bee Venom is applied to the skin in a cream or serum. It fools the skin into thinking it has been stung. Blood is sent to the affected area which in turns help stimulate the collagen and elastin fibres strengthening the body tissues helping to give the skin a firmer smoother more youthful look.
Of course regular use of these products maintain these benefits. The Bee Venoms main biologically active component is Melittin, as well as its protein properties it has powerful anti-inflammatory, anti- bacterial effects.
How is the venom collected?
Ok – as you know, when a bee stings a person it dies, this is because the sting is left in the humans skin.
The bees used for our product are kept in a hive as usual, just outside the hive is a glass sheet with a fine mesh on it. When a bee sits on this mesh it is encouraged to stick out its stinger and pump out a small amount of venom. As the bee does this it releases pheromones too which attracts other bees and encourages them to do the same. This venom is then removed from the area, dried and purified to give you Bee Tox H which is the ingredient that is finally put into the serums and creams to be used.
The bees are not harmed by this process in any way!
Generally speaking, bee venom as an ingredient is safe to use unless you have a severe allergy to bee stings. However, if you have a concern the advice is to patch test an area before using it.