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…
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.
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.
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.