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Nature's Beauty Bee Venom Eye Serum- reviewed and recommended

Reviewed by Marta August 12, 2013 3 Comments

Pros

Bee venom has 18 active compounds

Cons

Texture is a bit too lightweight
A good value anti-aging eye serum

Despite rather than because of the hype (courtesy of the British Royals), I love my bee venom face mask by Royal Nectar. Bee venom has some potent components that do a lot more than sting and so I was excited to come across Bee Venom Eye Serum by New Zealand company Nature’s Beauty.

Bee Venom Eye Serum ($49.95) is a lightweight, translucent serum that is hydrating, revitalizing and minimizes fine lines. My only quibble is that it is almost a little too lightweight, bordering on watery. But that is better than too gloopy and heavy. While not as hard hitting as eye serums twice or three times its price, Nature’s Beauty Bee Venom Eye Serum is an excellent product in its price bracket. It's certainly much better value and a better product than Rodial Bee Venom Eye.

Contrary to popular myth, bee venom in cosmetics does not sting, or simulate a sting. (Although anyone with a known allergy to bee stings should certainly conduct a patch test.) Honey bee venom contains at least 18 active substances. These include the peptides melittin and apamin. Melittin causes localized pain and inflammation but also has a moderate antibacterial and antifungal effect. More importantly, it is an anti-inflammatory that is being used to treat inflammatory diseases such as rheumatism, and can combat cancers (source). According to 3DChem, hyaluronidase from bee stings causes hyaluronic acid in the body to become acetylglucosamine, important to tissue functions.

Nature’s Beauty Bee Venom Eye Serum has, like all self-respecting New Zealand beauty products, a good dollop of the country’s famed manuka honey. Easyliance is a formulation of two natural polymers that is supposed to give an instant tightening effect. I think my lids looked a little lifted when wearing this serum, but there was no discernible sensation of tightening. There is also Argireline, the peptide that helps restrict expression lines. For nourishment and hydration, there are fatty-acid-rich evening primrose and avocado oils, plus glycerin and sodium hyaluronate.

Based on my experience, I would recommend it for those with fine lines and some crepeiness, whose dryish skin around the eye would benefit from refreshing hydration. And over time, know that the bee venom melittin is working your collagen and elastin.  

Ingredients: Aqua, Easyliance (Acacia Senegal Gum & Hydrolyzed Rhizobian Gum), Leptospermum Scoparium Mel (UMF20 Manuka Honey), Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose Oil), Persea Gratissima (Avocado Oil), Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Argireline, Bee Venom, Hydrolysed Collagen, Allantoin, Sodium Hyaluronate

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  • October 23, 2013

    by Teresa

    Love this serum - and sometimes use it all over my face! Has real staying power and with regular use, I swear my skin looks hydrated and glowy!

  • August 24, 2013

    by Marta

    Hi Susan, Nature's Beauty tells us that the bee venom is "collected using low voltage electrical stimulations around the hive, a process which does not harm the bees."

  • August 22, 2013

    by Susan

    How is the bee venom acquired from the bee?

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