Bee Venom infused masks have lately been touted as being a natural alternative to botox….rumored to have been used by the likes of the Duchess of Cambrdge (aka Kate Middleton) and a whole host of celebs like Victoria Beckham, Gwyneth Paltrow and Michelle Pfeiffer. Intrigued by this latest beauty treatment on the block, I accepted the offer to try and review the Bee Venom mask from Abeeco, a company based in New Zealand.
Abeeco Bee Venom Mask is a combination of natural ingredients including pure New Zealand Bee Venom extract & Manuka Honey that work in synergy to plump, lift and firm the look of skin. According to the company, the Bee Venom contained in the Abeeco Bee Venom Mask works by fooling the skin into thinking it has been lightly stung, thus increasing blood flow to the skin and creating a natural glow.
From Abeeco :
• Rare New Zealand Bee Venom extract works to naturally lift and firm the skin, eliminating the need for cosmetic injections or fillers
• The Abeeco Bee Venom Mask formulation combines a proprietary blend of magical New Zealand Bee Venom, soothing Manuka Honey as well as natural essential oils and nutrients to promote plump and youthful skin
• Can be used as a mask or cream. The effects of the Abeeco Bee Venom Mask are cumulative, the longer you use it the more obvious the results will be
• Natural Bee Venom stimulates the production of elastin and collagen to create a tightening and smoothing effect shortly after application
• Working with local beekeepers, Abeeco has been producing luxury skincare products within New Zealand for over 20 years
Ingredients: New Zealand Bee Venom, New Zealand Manuka Honey, Shea Butter, Jojoba Seed Oil, Cocoa Butter, Lavender Oil, Vitamin C, Vitamin E
Abeeco Bee Venom is collected by expert New Zealand beekeepers that follow stringent practices to ensure that no bees are harmed during the extraction process.
A special glass surface is placed alongside the hive and a weak electrical current is run through it, which encourages the Bees to gently sting the glass. The tiny amount of Bee Venom is collected from that glass surface. Because the bees are stinging a surface they can’t penetrate, their abdomens remain intact – so they don’t die.
Obviously, this product is not for those who may be allergic to bee stings or bee by-products in any way. Abeeco also recommends a patch test before using it for the first time. Now I have never been stung by a bee before but I know it hurts for sure so quite frankly, I was a bit hesitant at first to apply this product on my skin but at the same time my beauty blogger brain was curious to see the ‘effect’ of this much hyped product. This product can be either used as a mask (apply a generous layer to your face and neck twice daily, leave it on for 20 minutes and then wash off) or like a face cream. So, after doing a patch test, I slathered it all over my face and neck.
Luckily, I did not experience any tingling or slight tightening sensation that is said to be a normal reaction. It didn’t tingle at all on me…not even the first time! The cream has a non-greasy texture that absorbs super quickly without leaving any residue whatsoever on my skin so I have been using it as a night time moisturizer. And yeah, it has a subtle, pleasant scent that I find quite soothing.
I have been using the Abeeco Bee Venom mask exclusively for three weeks now (daily at night) and while I haven’t noticed any major improvement in the appearance of fine lines, it has been keeping my skin very soft and supple with a healthy glow. Also, I didn’t have any breakouts or any other reaction to this cream. At this point, I can’t attest to any long term benefits but my skin sure feels and looks much smoother!
Price : $79.99
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