A Concise Guide to…
Written by Ayesha Khan
Three easy anti-ageing solutions
Creating a buzz
All the buzz for 2013 was about the Bee Sting facial. It was even reported that Kate Middleton had this treatment to thank for her flawless face in her post-delivery outing. New Zealand-based skin care company Abeeco harvests the venom of thousands of bees and adds this key ingredient with a host of moisturisers to its famed Bee Venom Mask. As soon as it comes into contact with the skin, the body releases collagen and elastin, prompting the face to swell, instantly ironing out wrinkles and fine lines. The product can be used as a twice-a-day facial or night cream, and results are best seen over time. But all this doesn’t come cheap – one 50g pot will set you back around US$45–75. And don’t worry; unlike when bees actually sting you, the bees used to harvest this venom do not die upon stinging the glass venom reservoir.
Nature’s Bee Venom mask, 55ml – US$45, kiwi-sheepskins.com
BeeFirm Venom Mask, 50ml – US$75, advantagelife.net
A little stimulation
The Bio-Medical Research Facial Toner’s MO is to work on the facial muscles that lie under the skin’s surface. Over time, these muscles lose their volume and aren’t able to support the skin they sit under. Through two headphone-like pads placed on the cheeks, the facial toner delivers light facial nerve stimulation that exercises the facial muscles for 20 minutes per day, mimicking a similar treatment that requires dermatologist office visits. As a result, muscles are tighter, and skin-sagging, worry lines, and other natural signs of ageing are reduced. Although the almost US$395 price tag is a little steep, this product – unlike lotions, cleansers, and creams – is completely hypo-allergenic.
Heaven Bee Venom mask, 50ml – US$130, heavenskincare.com