Honey bee venom, or apitoxin, is – without sounding too obvious – what bees sting you with. So those who are allergic to bee-stings, stay away, this isn’t for you. According to our trusty friend Wikipedia, when you get stung by a bee, it injects around 0.1mg of venom, which is made up of histamine, the element that causes the allergic reaction, and dopamine, which raises your heart rate.
But how does this relate to skincare? Well, apitoxin causes skin inflammation through blood rising to the surface. This sends your skin into repair mode, generating collagen – which we all know is the key element of a plump, smooth and fresh visage. Thus stung skin goes into healing mode, which results in a glowing complexion. So far so good, but how do you go about extracting the venom, and does it hurt the bee?
Richard Walker, founder of expert serums company skinChemists
filled us in: “The process works by attracting bees to a glass pane which has a small electrical current running through it. The bees are encouraged to sting the glass, leaving behind small traces of bee venom but not losing their stinger.” A word of warning – make sure you’re using products, like skinChemists, that source their bee venom ethically and sustainably.