July 8, 2013

bee venom – the new buzz?

bee venom anti-ageing treatment

I spent my weekend nerding out catching up on news from the beauty industry and came across an article on the use of New Zealand bee venom as a natural alternative to Botox. BEE VENOM. That’s right ladies, we have become so obsessed with rejecting the idea of aging that we’re willing to let bee venom b-tch slap our cell-division into remission.

Bee venom is a rich source of enzymes, peptides and biogenic amines that’s been used since ancient Egyptian days to treat arthritis, rheumatism, back pain, skin disease and more recently to treat multiple sclerosis and acne.

Application of bee venom, in the form of creams, serums, and masks tricks the brain into thinking it has been stung which causes the body to send a surge of blood to the affected area (to help it heal) and flick the switch on the production of collagen and elastin…thus making it a desirable anti-aging treatment.

Fountain of youth results aside, modern day extraction of bee venom isn’t exactly cruelty-free. To collect venom without killing the bees, they’re given a tiny jolt of electricity that causes them to release the venom. Since venom is collected in such small amounts the yield becomes quite valuable and a 50ml pot of bee venom moisturizer can start at around $200.

Kate Middelton, Victoria Beckham and Gwyneth Paltrow are rumoured to be fans of this must-have anti-aging treatment, but they’re the kind of consumer who has the money needed to feed this habit. So no, US magazine, stars are not just like us.

Blushers, what do you think – would you try it or pass?

  • margie

    It seems anti -aging products are here to stay with yet another expensive means to continue the obsession. My feeling is this venom will fool the body for only so long before it loses it’s effectiveness. I’d be a pass on this one!