The beauty world is in a buzz (sorry) about all things bee and honey related. The new release of Burt’s Bee collection of lipsticks, Garnier’s Ultimate Blends Honey Treasures Collection and The Body Shop’s Almond Milk & Honey Body Care range are just a few examples of brands harnessing the natural powers of honey, propolis, beeswax and even bee venom.
Now I have sadly come to the end of my Estelle & Thild eye cream I have started using the Dr. Organic Royal Jelly Eye Serum (£9.99/15ml) available at Holland & Barrett. Rich in bioactive, natural and organic ingredients such as pure honey, patchouli oil and green tea extract, the serum helps to firm and cool the eye area whilst reducing under-eye puffiness and dark circles.
The Nip + Fab Bee Sting Fix Cream Deluxe* (£19.95/50ml) is surprisingly gentle and nourishing moisturiser that contains bee venom to plump and firm as well as everyone’s favourite skincare ingredient: Hyaluronic Acid. It also contains shea butter and vitamin E to strengthen skin and repair damage.
It’s Bee Venom month over at the skinChemists website. I’m currently testing their bestselling Bee Venom Facial Serum*. The treatment contains real bee venom that actually tricks the skin into thinking it has been stung which causes the body to increase the level of blood circulation to the application area, encouraging heightened production of collagen and elastin. This increased production restores a plumper and firmer skin structure and claims to slow down skin sagging and dramatically reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. The serum also contains Hyaluronic Acid that provides and maintains moisture and a blend of Amino Acids to improve skin clarity. The serum retails on the skinChemists website at £135 but feel free to use the code BLUEBIRDBLOG throughout March to pick the serum for only £19.99 for a limited time only.
There is a reason that the Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask (£21.99/75ml) is a firm beauty blogger favourite. This is a creamy, luxurious mask that leaves skin feeling soft, plump and hydrated. I find that masks designed to treat blemish-prone skin usually come with an intense smell like tea tree, witch hazel or some other kind of potent antibacterial ingredient, but that’s not the case with the Aura mask; it doesn’t feel or smell like a blemish treatment at all. It has a delicate fragrance of vanilla and mandarin and helps keep my skin clear but doesn’t completely strip it of moisture.