The anti-aging ingredient that packs a punch.

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Move over, bee pollen, we’ve gone straight to the source where bumblebees are concerned. Bee venom is a potent anti-aging ingredient seen in all kinds of moisturizers and skin-savers on the shelves. We all know that painful feeling, and realization that we’ve been stung by a bee—especially the way our bodies instantly swell to protect the site. Anti-aging skin scientists harnessed this reaction to keep our skin plump, firm and blemish-free—without the painful sting factor!

As our skin absorbs the bee venom, our bodies get tricked into thinking we’ve been stung, which causes an increase in blood flow and collagen production to repair the ‘damaged’ tissue. Maria Hatzistefanis, Founder of Rodial Nip + Fab, explains: “Bee venom contains hyaluronidaise, which breaks down the hyaluronic acid that functions as intercellular cement in the skin. This way, the venom can spread throughout the tissue working on the dermal and epidermal layers to deeply nourish and help stimulate natural collagen production, reducing wrinkles and renewing damaged skin cells.” Further to stimulating collagen, bee venom’s antibacterial properties target bacteria that inflame acne, making it an effective blemish-fighter. “Bee venom also contains peptides including melittin, which has amazing anti inflammatory effects on the skin and excellent healing properties,” explains Hatzistefanis.

To extract the venom, an object with a low electrical current is placed in the bee hive. When the bees land on it, they get an electrical shock, which irritates them and in turn causes them to try and sting the intrusive object. The object is typically glass, so that the bees will not lose their stingers. 

Try Nip + Fab’s Bee Sting Fix Eye ($14.95, Rexall, nipandfab.com), to fix dark circles and puffiness. The cream’s thick texture and honey-sweet scent combined with the powerful effects of bee venom will chase away signs of fatigue around the eyes. 

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