Bee Venom in skin care
I am sure that every woman over "a certain age" and even those who are still yet to see a wrinkle, are interested in what will help to delay or minimise wrinkles on the face and neck. There are many products on the market promising miraculous results. Many of these products are laden with chemicals that require a dictionary, thesaurus and translator to understand! They may very well work...however, I have my doubts.
A new-comer on the beauty market is Bee Venom.
Bee Venom has some interesting clinical research behind much of its claims. Bee Venom (BV) has been successfully used in a diverse range of conditions such as Osteoarthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, Dementia, Cancer, Myopathy, Polyneuritis and asthma.
It is often advertised as the new Botox!1
Approximately 33,000 bee stings = 1 gram of Bee Venom. The bee venom collected dries on the glass. The frames with the fresh dried bee venom on them are carefully packed into a special container for transportation to the laboratory.
ARE THE BEES HURT IN THE PROCESS? ... NO
Because the bees are stinging a piece of glass their abdomen remains intact and therefore the bee remains healthy and alive.5
Research on Bee Venom
Are the Bees hurt or harmed?
Venom from bees (bee sting) has long been used to assist the human body's response to muscle and joint problems due to age, disease or injury. These and other benefits have been the subject of many clinical trials, resulting in over 1700 scientific publications in the last 75 years alone. Bee venom has multiple effects on the body: It helps improve blood circulation increases physical strength and well being, stimulates the pituitary-cortical system, reduces pain and inflammation. It's anti-oxidant effects activates the immune system, aids in recovery from sports injury, relieves pain after accidents or surgery, aids nerve damage, relieves sciatica, and boosts the body's natural ability to respond to pain.2
Research conducted in 2014, using a Randomised Double Blind study, found that Bee Venom reduced "muscle tonus" and pain in the Masseter muscle (jaw muscle/mandible). The research findings showed a reduction of "muscle tonus" was statistically relevant in the BV group and irrelevant in the placebo group." Further more, this research found that the application of 0,0005% Bee Venom ointment gave better relief in muscle tension than physiotherapy.3
Like Botox, Bee Venom relaxes muscle and is quite efficient at doing so...without the needles and discomfort!!
Double-blind describes an especially stringent way of conducting an experiment which attempts to eliminate subjective, unrecognized biases carried by an experiment's subjects (usually human) and conductors. Double-blind studies were first used in 1907 by W. H. R. Rivers and H. N. Webber in the investigation of the effects of caffeine. (See Rivers WHR and Webber HN. “The action of caffeine on the capacity for muscular work” Journal of Physiology 36: 33-47: 1907.)4.
A further study conducted in 2014 indicated that Bee Venom exerts an inhibitory effect on inflammatory skin diseases and the researchers concluded that "BV has potential for use as an anti-acne agent and may be useful in the pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries."5
It appears that the claims for Bee Venom are substantiated through rigorous and scholarly clinical research for over 75 years, not trials that rely on consumer surveys which are unreliable and totally subjective.
Bee Venom has undergone genuine scientific research that has used statistically significant samples and double blind placebo tests to verify their results.
Bee Pure is a New Zealand-based company with an extraordinary talent for developing, producing and marketing effective natural skin care products. Director John Triggs is a bee product expert with more than 25 years’ experience in the sector. Originally known as the ‘Bee Pollen Man’, he blazed a trail in Australasia with his ability to present superior health supplements and skin care products directly to the market. Our philosophy The Bee Pure philosophy is to make effective natural skin care with bee-sourced key ingredients produced in the manuka forests of clean, green New Zealand. Our products actually do what we say they will do. We have a long history in the field of natural health. The creation of new innovative and effective products from nature has always been our passion. The use of bee venom as an active ingredient for skin care is not just a fad, it is here to stay. With our latest bee venom skincare products we have added some other new ingredients to create an advanced ‘second generation’ range. These new ingredients work in tandem with our UMF 20+ manuka honey and purified bee venom for outstanding results. The true measure of our success is repeat purchases from happy customers who can’t bear to be without our products. The best bee-sourced ingredients Bees and the products they make are our enduring passion. We’re always looking for new opportunities to use bee magic to improve well-being and appearance. We’re also committed to keeping our products at the premium end of the spectrum, by sourcing the highest quality bee-sourced ingredients. The key ingredients in our products only come from New Zealand, and only from New Zealand’s most respected suppliers. About New Zealand New Zealand is a rare place – a first-world country with a land area larger than the United Kingdom, but a population of only 4.5 million. In terms of population density, that means just 14 people per square kilometre, compared to 330 in Japan. Comprising two main islands – the North Island and the South Island - there’s a lot of room for nature in New Zealand. More than a third of the country’s land area is contained within the boundaries of a park or forest reserve, providing our honey bees with plenty of territory for their amazing work.
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3. Aleksandra Nitecka-Buchta, Piotr Buchta, Elżbieta Tabeńska-Bosakowska, Karolina Walczyńska-Dragoń, and Stefan Baron, “Myorelaxant Effect of Bee Venom Topical Skin Application in Patients with RDC/TMD Ia and RDC/TMD Ib: A Randomized, Double Blinded Study,” BioMed Research International, vol. 2014, Article ID 296053, 9 pages, 2014. doi:10.1155/2014/296053
5. An, H., Lee, W., Kim, K., Kim, J., Lee, S., Han, S. ... Park, K. (2014). Inhibitory effects of bee venom on Propionibacterium acnes-induced inflammatory skin disease in an animal model. International Journal of Molecular Medicine, 34, 1341-1348. http://dx.doi.org/10.3892/ijmm.2014.1933
5. op.cit. http://www.happyvalley.co.nz/ingredients/bee-venom/
Hello and welcome to my product review blog about natural and eco-friendly skin care products. I live in NSW Australia and I am a mother of five, Grandmother of Five and I sponsor seven children through Compassion Australia. I love making soap, reading, teaching English, and being an Advocate for children and women living in poverty. I am also convinced that natural skincare products are important for our health and well-being.
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