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My mid-40s eyes are always on the lookout for a miracle eye cream. Royal Nectar Bee Venom Eye Cream ($35 in the shop), though not a standout miracle, has at least proven itself to be a worthy contender. Rather synchronously, the opportunity to test it came at the exact time I had been reading about the use of bee venom in skin products. It had really piqued my interest as a new and interesting ingredient (more about that shortly).
My main skin bugbear is reduced firmness under my eyes, along with loss of volume in that area and some wrinkling. While my skin overall is very good for my age, my under-eyes are my nuisance area that I’ve been unable to improve to my satisfaction.
There are three main features I look for in an eye cream:
The fourth factor I look for in an eye cream I have recently relegated to ‘optional’. It used to be my number one criterion but has now slipped to fourth place: the active anti-aging effect of the cream. There are many effective skin creams these days that improve the appearance of aged skin, genuinely enhancing firmness and clarity and reducing wrinkling. Very few eye creams, though, seem to provide convincing additional value in this regard. So it’s not that I’ve entirely given up on anti-aging in that zone. It’s just that I view active anti-aging ingredients in an eye cream as a bonus rather than a critical inclusion.
The main ingredient in Royal Nectar Bee Venom Eye Cream that could be expected to exert this effect is the bee venom itself. My informed but non-expert assessment of what little research I could find suggests (don’t quote me!) that topical bee venom enhances wound healing, at the same time as down-regulating a number of biochemical reactions associated with inflammation and scarring. If this is correct, it makes bee venom a promising ingredient that may have advantages over several popular peptides that firm skin effectively but do so partly by upregulating inflammatory elements, such as Transforming Growth Factor TGF-β1 a.
I should mention that I don’t know how much bee venom is actually in the product, because it’s not clear from the ingredients list. As for the rest of the ingredients list, it makes for pleasant reading — almost everything qualifies as natural or semi-natural. Not that I’m tempted to eat my skin products, but I do like the idea that I could if I wanted to, if you catch my drift.
In my case, I would say that I did not notice a clear anti-aging effect from Royal Nectar Bee Venom Eye Cream when using it once or twice a day, about five days a week for a few weeks. I will happily use the product for longer to fully assess whether a long-term benefit becomes noticeable. It has certainly done no harm.
A final word on the superficial aspects of the product, so you know what you will be getting: It’s a light-weight cream that takes a bit of massaging to absorb, but wears well on the skin with no pilling or annoying effects. It’s a bright white cream, which always raises questions because how can all of those ingredients be in there and the cream still look white? I don’t know. The fragrance is sweet. I’m pretty sure it’s Ylang Ylang, with a hint of honey.
The product comes in a small jar with a mini spatula. Not ideal, as this is fiddly. For something used in such tiny amounts each day, a squeeze tube would be preferable. But we can’t have everything, can we?
Overall, I’d recommend Royal Nectar Bee Venom Eye Cream as being suitable for all ages. There’s nothing offensive about it, it moisturizes nicely, doesn’t promote puffing, and is an interesting addition to your anti-aging arsenal that might just do some good.