There has been some recent buzz surrounding the bee sting facial, developed in England and popularized by Heaven by Deborah Mitchell, a skin care line developed in the UK. The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, is one of the more notable celebrities who receives this unusual facial on a regular basis to keep her skin looking flawless. It has been available in the US for several months now, but only a few select locations carry the bee venom facial since it is shipped from the UK .
Although it sounds painful, patients are not actually stung repeatedly with live bees. The venom is contained within treatment masks and applied to the skin. Patients have reported that the facial has a pleasant honey aroma and a slight tingling sensation upon application.
The benefits of the bee venom have been compared to that of Botox®, as it causes muscles to relax. An added benefit is the stimulation of collagen, increased blood flow in the area of application and an increase in the number of keratinocytes within the skin.
So how exactly does the venom get into the products and onto the skin? The bee sting facial does in fact contain venom and the process does not harm the bees. Bee venom is extracted from live bees by placing a piece of glass near the hive and sending electrical currents through the glass. The bees are then aggravated and sting the glass, releasing their venom while keeping their abdomen intact. The venom is collected on the glass, dried and purified before being incorporated into facial products and treatment masks. The treatment itself typically lasts up to an hour and can cost upwards of $145.
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