other buz­zwor­thy beauty in­gre­di­ents

It’s not all about the sticky stuff; there are plenty of other ben­e­fits you can get from those busy bees…

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1 Pollen

When bees col­lect nec­tar from flow­ers, they flick pollen onto their legs and keep it in the hive to mix with honey. This forms a sub­stance that they feed to their grubs. Add Nutriseed Raw Bee Pollen, £12.49, into smooth­ies for a bet­ter im­mune sys­tem and more en­ergy.

2 Bee Venom

If ap­plied as a cream, bee venom can trick the skin into think­ing it’s been stung. Blood rushes in, stim­u­lat­ing col­la­gen pro­duc­tion, which re­sults in a younger-look­ing com­plex­ion. But it doesn’t come without a price tag. One ounce can cost up to £30,000. Lucky for us, Nip + Fab Bee Sting Re­pair­ing Shot, £24.9, is a po­tent plump­ing shot for way less.

3 Propo­lis

A sub­stance that bees use to seal small cracks in their hives, propo­lis is made from a mix of tree resin and honey. It helps heal wounds fast and works like a magic bar­rier, keep­ing out nasty bac­te­ria. Bee Ra­di­ant Age De­fense Il­lu­mi­nat­ing Serum, £39.25, con­tains propo­lis ex­tract, pro­tect­ing skin from en­vi­ron­men­tal stress.

4 Beeswax

A reg­u­lar fea­ture in lip balms, mois­turis­ers and hand creams, beeswax has been found to be a far bet­ter skin bar­rier than its coun­ter­parts, such as pe­tro­leum jelly. Plus, it’s nat­u­ral so doesn’t con­tain any nas­ties. Try Bee Good’s Nec­ta­per­fecta Beau­ti­fy­ing Mask, £39.9, if your face is in need of nour­ish­ment.

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