Is Bee Venom the New Botox?

I don’t know about you, but I for one balk at the idea of rubbing venom on my skin. Just the word “venom” conjures all manner of creepy crawly images in my mind, and makes me want to hide safely under the duvet. I recently spotted bee venom products in the shops, but it wasn’t until I read that royal trendsetter Kate Middleton regularly indulges in bee venom facials that I took any notice. Being the closet royal watcher that I am, I too decided to give bee venom a shot.

Purported to have similar effects to that of Botox, bee venom products are said to lift, tighten and plump the skin with astonishingly youthful results. Generally, I am loath to believe such fantastic claims from a mere bottle, but considering what I know from past experience—that bee stings generally cause swelling—this actually seemed promising. So, I picked up a bee venom mask.

How does it work? I applied the venom cream to my skin, and while it seemed to tingle and swell slightly, it wasn’t anything like being stung by an actual bee (so obviously, don’t use it if you’re allergic to bee stings!). Supposedly, the venom then causes the blood to rush to that area, causing rapid regeneration to the cells. I wouldn’t say any miracles occurred in front of my bathroom mirror that day, but I would say that the bee venom has made my skin feel slightly tighter. Perhaps with repeated use, bee venom actually is a miracle in a jar—no need to hide under blankets after all.

Bee Venom products are not yet widespread in the U.S. market (I found mine in South Korea), but can be purchased online at skincareorganics.co.uk.

Photos: Kate Middleton, freeimagesarchive.com; bee, trynerdy.com.