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As a die-hard fan of Royal Nectar’s Bee Venom Face Mask (I reach for the radiance-enhancing pot at least once a week), I made a bee line for the new Royal Nectar Rejuvenating Serum ($45), which also has the bee venom active ingredient.
Royal Nectar Rejuvenating Serum is a light but very hydrating lotion. It leaves my skin soft and satiny. There’s something about Royal Nector’s bee venom products that give my skin a healthy glow and the new serum is no exception. Royal Nectar suggests using Rejuvenating Serum under the Royal Nectar Moisturizing Face Lift with Bee Venom ($55) and after using the wonderful Royal Nectar Cream Cleanser ($29), however, I have found that I don’t need additional moisturizer. I am also enjoying using this serum on the backs of my hands for softer, plumper looking skin.
Bee venom and manuka honey are, of course, Royal Nectar’s signature ingredients and in Royal Nectar Rejuvenating Serum this combo (called Nectar Ease) is the first ingredient after water. I should point out that this serum is very gentle and there is no hint of a sting. In fact, despite what you might have read elsewhere, bee venom in cosmetics does not sting, stimulate a sting, or trick your skin into thinking it has been stung so that it tightens. Bee venom is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory (it is often used for inflamed and painful joints) and its effects are long term.
According to 3DChem, honey bee venom contains at least 18 active substances. These include the peptides melittin and apamin. Melittin is an anti-inflammatory that is being used to treat inflammatory diseases such as rheumatism, and can combat cancers (source).
Royal Nector is made by Nelson Honey and hails from New Zealand and so I wasn’t surprised to see a native botanical included in the serum. Pohutakawa extract has skin soothing properties and was used by the Maori. There are rosehip, jojoba and safflower oils provide nourishment.
I wouldn't replace a heavy duty wrinkle repairer with Royal Nectar Rejuvenating Serum, but all in all it is a great skin conditioner and good way to see what all fuss and buzz about bee venom in skincare is all about.
Ingredients in Royal Nectar Rejuvenating Serum: Distilled Water, Nectar Ease (Manuka Honey with Bee Venom), Rosehip Oil, Jojoba Oil, Safflower Oil, Cetearyl Wheat Straw Glycosides, Cetearyl Alcohol, Irish Moss, Vitamin E, Cucumber Extract, Pohutakawa Extract, Natural Fragrance, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol