If it’s good enough for Gwyneth Paltrow, I’m happy to give it a go.
“I’ve been stung by bees,” the actress turned lifestyle guru recently told The New York Times of her experimental approach to achieving better skin says Gwyneth.
Fortunately we don’t need to do anything that extreme or painful.
Apitherapy is the art of using bee products – everything from honey to venom – to have more energy and to control your biology. Modern science is now discovering the power of bee products, but we’re hardly the first people to use bees as a source of natural medicine. In fact, apitherapy may be one of the oldest biohacks around; its origins trace back to ancient Greece, Egypt, and China.. People use it to get rid of inflammation and scarring. It’s actually pretty incredible if you research it
According to the American Apitherapy society, ‘Bee therapy’, which involves the medicinal use of bee venom, honey, pollen, royal jelly and beeswax, can “promote healing by improving circulation, decreasing inflammation and stimulating a healthy immune response”.
It is often used to treat arthritis, gout, shingles, burns and tendonitis, and involves a practitioner holding a bee against the problem area with tweezers and inciting it to sting in a controlled environment.
When it comes to looking good, beauty brands have also borrowed from the bees, with by-products such as bee venom, honey and royal jelly becoming popular skincare ingredients thanks to their hydrating, plumping and antibacterial properties.
So rather than being attacked by a swarm of stingers a la Gwyneth, here are some beauty products that harness the healing rather than the pain-inducing power of bees.
NIP+FAB Bee Sting Fix Repair Shot
A lightweight nourishing oil that helps care for and repair dry skin with added plumping and redensifying benefits.
LUSH Cosmetics Fair Trade Honey Shampoo
Over half of each bottle of this shampoo is comprised of fair-trade honey sourced from Zambia, making it terrifically nourishing for extra-thirsty and frizzy hair. A second prominent ingredient, Linseeds, release protein, oil, vitamins and minerals when exposed to water. Best yet is the smell, no less euphoric than heavenly.
Burt’s Bee Beeswax Lip Balm
A go-to for soft lips, one Burt’s Bee lip balm is sold every 90 seconds in Australia.
Forever Living Bee Pollen
It’s all natural, boosts energy and may enhance stamina. Take two in the morning with your regular vitamins for a little extra oomph throughout your day.
Trendiness aside, honey should always be on our radar. Not only does it taste delicious on rye bread with a bit of butter, honey offers two massive benefits to skin: nourishment and protection. Honey is a natural humectant, which means it promotes and retains moisture. It also defends against environmental factors which upend skin’s elasticity and cellular health. Moreover, honey has the ability to clarify skin and break down scar tissue.
One of my favourite kitchen-ingredient beauty tricks is a two-step process featuring lemons and honey. After removing makeup, I massage half of an organic lemon over my face to clarify the surface of my skin. Then I apply a thin layer of local organic honey (from the farmer’s market) over my entire face. After five minutes or so, I simply wash it off with water – the moment water touches honey it isn’t sticky anymore – and ta-da! Clean, clarified skin in a deep way.