In trials involving 14 women aged between 50 and 59, all the volunteers said the bee venom cream improved the texture of their skin, reduced lines and wrinkles and left them appearing ‘visibly more youthful’.
Honey bee venom is used cosmetically to ‘fool’ the skin into thinking it has been lightly stung with the toxin melittin.
This causes the body to direct blood towards the area and stimulates the production of the naturally-occurring chemicals collagen and elastin.
The Korean government has invested hundreds of thousands of pounds into bee venom research, including applications for serious health problems such as arthritis and multiple sclerosis.
If you are allergic to bee stings, you should not use products containing bee venom.
A study on bee venom’s biological effects on skin:
Biological effects of treatment of an animal skin wound with honeybee (Apis mellifera. L) venom.