You’d be forgiven for being a little cautious about voluntarily letting a bee sting you, let alone smearing scoops of its venom on your face, but the addition of bee venom to one’s collection of beauty products is a growing skincare trend that’s causing a bit of a buzz globally. Yes, it’s exactly what you think it is. Bee venom is naturally produced by the stinger in a bee’s derriere. When you get stung by a bee, the venom makes your skin swell and itch, and (unless you’re allergic to bees) the reaction may last a couple of days. Bee venom therapy, though, takes the properties of a bee sting and turns it into skincare magic.
So how does it work?
As skin ages, it loses its naturally-occurring collagen which results in sagging skin and fine lines and wrinkles. Bee venom therapy works to reverse the effects of ageing by encouraging the stimulation of natural collagen and elastin. Applying small amounts of bee venom creams to the skin fools it into thinking it has been stung. Blood is sent to the affected area which in turn stimulates the production of collagen, which strengthens body tissue, and elastin, which helps the skin stay firm and youthful. Regular users of bee venom therapy beauty products like eye cream, venom masks, ointment and serum can notice a number of benefits including improved skin texture and firmness, the reduction of pores, fine lines and wrinkles, and reduced pigmentation and sun damage.
It’s important to reiterate that you shouldn’t just squeeze the venom out of a bee and dab it on your wrinkles. The difference between a bee venom cream and an actual bee sting is the dosage. Bee venom beauty products like eye cream, moisturizer, venom mask and venom ointment contain a low-dose variant of bee venom, which means a user can still enjoy the skincare benefits it provides without actually being stung.