Bee Venom

Bee Venom

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There’s a lot of this around, not just in wildly expensive pots of under eye cream and suchlike, but also in the more affordable guise of sheet masks.

It seems like a weird sort of ingredient to hype in skin care products, but there is apparently some science behind it – the tiny amounts of venom in the mask are enough to make your skin react as if it had been stung.

If you really had been stung, a toxin called melittin would have been injected into your skin, and your body would automatically send blood toward the area to promote healing. This would also stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, both things your skin needs to retain a youthful look. Meanwhile, the toxin would have had the additional effect of relaxing the muscles.

All of these things, minus the painful sting, are theoretically good for your face, hence the popularity of bee venom in skin care products. There is also scientific research suggesting that bee venom might even help treat arthritis and multiple sclerosis, which rather backs up the old wives tale that bee keepers don’t get arthritis…

Just in case you were wondering, no bees get harmed in the production of these masks. They are tricked into stinging a sheet of glass, which means they don’t lose their stinging ‘lance’ and so they live to sting another day.

And did I feel the ‘sting’ when I tried these products? Maybe… sometimes it is hard to tell how much is just your imagination. I did, however, really like the sparkly gold flecks in the bee venom jelly cream I used after my mask.