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Royal Nectar Moisturizing Face Lift Review

is a Solution for:
Acne, Dry Skin, Fine Lines, Sagging Skin, Wrinkles
Royal Nectar Moisturizing Face Lift 1.7 oz
December 29, 2011 Reviewed by Marta 6 Comments
TRU Rating
An absorbent moisturizer perfect for daily use


Manuka honey has anti-bacterial properties that help with inflammation and acne


May not be suitable for those allergic to bee venom

I was very excited to track down (actually it was Faye) the original source of bee venom all the way to a family-owned beekeeping business in New Zealand. The Royal Nectar Face Mask turned out to be a dead ringer for the one made in the UK – and apparently beloved by Camilla Duchess of Cornwall – but slightly nicer (see my video comparison) and less expensive. I love the mask as a once a week complexion refresher and the past month or so I’ve been trying out the moisturizer, the Royal Nectar Moisturizing Face Lift ($48).

I’ve been testing it on hands, neck and face and am really, really liking it. It has a light, almost whipped texture, is absorbent and not greasy at all. As would be expected Royal Nectar Moisturizing Face Lift has a pleasant whiff of honey. With a lot to love and almost nothing to dislike, this is great moisturizer at any price and is excellent for under $50.

So what’s with the bee venom anyway? Well, this ingredient had the British press all of a flutter earlier this year when it was said to account for Camilla’s transformation from someone who looked like she had spent most of her life galloping on horses in all weathers. It turned out that bee venom, also known as apitoxin, is made up mainly of peptides. The venom acts as a strong anti-inflammatory and antiseptic. Yes, this is actual venom and so if you are allergic to bee venom you should do a patch test before using this product. Manuka honey is another of the key ingredients and this is an able healer of wounds and an anti-bacterial that can keep acne under control.

Although this moisturizer’s formulation is light and easily suitable for daily use (unlike the mask, which I personally would use as a mask – rinse off after 20 minutes or – once a week), the ingredients are fairly similar. There are nourishing antioxidants in the form of avocado, vitamin E, apricot and rose hip. I like the inclusion of marshmallow as it has an inhibitory effect on hyaluronidase, the enzyme that degrades hyaluronic acid in our skin tissue. In case you scan Royal Nectar's ingredients list and wonder what "optiphen plus" is, it is basically the preservative phenoxyethanol, and ticaxan is a stabilizer.

A big thanks to the nice people at Royal Nectar and their distributor for helping us bring this, along with the mask, to the US and the TIA shop.

  • April 23, 2012

    by Marta

    Hi Jodie, I think that this would be great for you. It is a nourishing mask that makes the skin glow and the properties of bee venom are preventative. Enjoy!

  • April 23, 2012

    by Jodie

    Hi Marta
    Just had a quick query I was hoping you could help me with - I am currently debating whether to get the mask or the moisturising cream in this range. I am 25 and using it more as a preventative step (not to mention that I have sensitive skin that loves all natural ingredients). I wasn't sure based on your reviews whi than reversing the effects of again. Which would be best as a preventative treatment (especially seeing as the mask is more like a mask than a moisturising cream in comparison to heaven)?

  • April 10, 2012

    by Marta

    Thanks for your kind words Monica and taking the time to write. I must admit that I love the mask. Gives me a healthy glow every time.

  • April 9, 2012

    by Monica

    I have been using Royal Nectar for one week. I am 42 and I have spent copious amounts of money on potions, lotions, creams and masks! This is the first product that I can actually see making a difference in the texture and quality of my skin both face and neck:). I find it helps with skin imperfections ... Most likely thanks to to the manuka honey. I recently ordered the mask as well... Will post again! Also just wanted to say Truth in Ageing is fabulous... from product research to pricing, customer service, and prompt delivery with attention to detail... Marta has done a stellar job!

  • January 26, 2012

    by Marta

    Hi Sean, the texture is light and I haven't had any breakout issues. I haven't especially noticed a lifting effect (the mask, however, does give a lifting/tightening effect).

  • January 26, 2012

    by Sean Farnan

    Hi - With the phrase "face lift" in its name, I'm curious if you noticed any lifting or firming effects?

    Also, it seems to be mostly waxes and oils, which I always associate with clogging pores. How do you think this moisturizer would work for aging combination skin that is prone to random break outs?


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