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Reviewed by Leslie
The Royal Nectar Moisturising Face Lift ($48 in the TIA shop) is a lovely light moisturizing face cream that has a wonderful non-greasy consistency and a very gentle honey smell. No wonder, since it’s made with manuka honey, the latest miracle food that has now made its way into the cosmetics industry. Manuka is harvested largely in New Zealand and is purported to heal wounds and act as an antibacterial. The other key ingredient in Royal Nectar is bee venom, which when you think about what your skin does when a bee stings you, it makes sense, since it puffs up and stretches out around the stinger. Thus the magic is that this product does double duty – puffing your skin to erase the wrinkles and acting as an antibacterial to make sure the venom doesn’t infect. Or so I’m guessing - that’s my layman’s interpretation of this idea.
I applied this product twice daily for a month, once in the morning after my toner and vitamin C serum, and once nightly after toner and glycolic acid cream. Since glycolic acid works on the deeper levels of the dermis and the Royal Nectar acts on the upper layers, there is no contraindication between the two products. I enjoy using it, as it leaves no trace and has a really pleasant fragrance. But is it a miracle facelift? Honestly, no. If you scrutinize my before and after photos (below), you might detect an almost imperceptible improvement in the fine lines above my lip, which was my target area. But there’s no erasure going on here. Perhaps greater results will appear with further use, and I plan to finish the jar, so I’ll let you know if things change.