Since the Olympics have recently concluded and many Americans still have Britain on the brain, it makes sense to talk about British cosmetic trends for a moment. One such trend is the bee venom facial. Yes, the same bee venom that causes severe allergic reactions in some people, and a painful stinging sensation in – well, everyone – is being marketed as an anti-aging skin care product. In fact, it was recently reported that Kate Middleton spends the equivalent of $90 U.S. per package on bee venom face masks.
One British company that makes the mask is enjoying a $164 million payday, while claiming that the bee venom facial smoothes out wrinkles by “tricking” the skin to produce more collagen and elastin. Well, does it?
According to dermatology experts, melittin (an active compound in bee venom) does have anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, and can boost the immune system. So far, so good. Also, bee venom is anaphylactic, so it temporarily relaxes the facial muscles, breaks down cell membranes and improves circulation. In theory, the culmination of these things can temporarily create a tighter complexion. But be warned: Those same anaphylactic properties are highly dangerous for those who are allergic to bee venom. And even those who aren’t allergic can develop an allergy after prolonged use.
All things considered, bee venom is not necessarily a good alternative to Botox®. It can be ordered online, but you would be hard pressed to find an Inland Empire plastic surgeon who would recommend it. A better plan would be to schedule a free skin care consultation at Riverside Plastic Surgery Associates, where you can explore options like hydrofacials, microdermabrasion and injectable treatments. Contact us today to schedule yours.