What Is Bee Venom Therapy?
Alternative medicine is gaining popularity and a large number of people are now opting for it against chemical-based therapies. Bee venom therapy has been around for several thousands of years and is known as apitherapy. The Chinese, Greeks and Egyptians practiced it and there is nothing unknown about this therapy. The reason for the entire current buzz around it might be attributed to the fact that celebrities across the world are now trying and vouching for it. In this therapy, beehive products such as honey, pollen royal jelly, propolis and bee venom are used to treat various diseases and in numerous beauty products.
Bee Venom – Then and Now
In years past, honeybees were positioned on the skin and instigated to sting it. The venom that the sting released would react with the skin and help in treating it. Later on, solutions that mimicked bee venom were produced. The solution was injected right under the skin and was considered to be a form of homeopathic medication. Modernization changed all that and today, products such as lotions, creams, ointments, liniments and masks containing bee venom have taken the beauty market by storm. However, just as is the case with any therapy, you would have to see if this one will suit your skin and benefit you.
Testing For Reactions
It is important that you test your skin for allergic reactions to bee venom. The best way to do this is to apply a small quantity of the product that you plan to use, on your forearm or knee. Close to 2 percent of people are allergic to bee venom products and bee venom therapy will not suit them. It is best to consult an apitherapist or a skin therapist before starting on the use of these products on a regular basis. They will be able to guide you about the exact use and efficacy of these masks and creams. After regular use, if you find that your skin is not reacting the way it should, go back to your therapist. He/she will in most probability change the product and the routine for you.
Today’s Methodical Approach
Now that bee venom therapy has become so popular, a lot of well-established bee venom therapists have opened up spas and centres that specialize in venom therapy. As a matter of fact, those that have celebrity clients are booked several years ahead. They not only provide you with the products but also with the actual treatment and therapy. You can book weekly or fortnightly sessions with them. Another important aspect is that this therapy is not inexpensive and before you start off on it, decide whether you will be able to afford it and continue it for a decent period of time.
Going to a bee venom therapist for a one-off mask application or buying one small jar of venom cream will do you no good. Though you will see immediate results with every session/application, lasting ones will take place with regular extended use. Bee venom therapy has cumulative results and the longer you use it the better your skin will hold onto the changes.
What Are Bee Venom Products?
There are skin creams and lotions that can be applied on the face and neck many of which can also be used on the rest of your body. Bee venom is the base ingredient and they also contain other natural extracts, vitamins and minerals. Bee venom masks are extremely popular and are mild enough to be used every day. When these products are used in conjunction with each other the end result is smoother, tighter and radiant skin. The bee venom in these products basically tricks the skin into thinking that it is being attacked. As a natural reaction, the skin releases more collagen and elastin and also increases blood circulation to the area of the skin that is being treated. A word of caution here, do not get carried away and overuse the product, always make sure to follow the directions.
Before using any mask, cream or lotion at home, always make sure that your face is cleaned of all dirt and sweat before applying the product. One suggestion is to use a mild scrub on your skin first. This results in your skin being more receptive to the venom ingredient and improves the absorption rate. Bee venom masks can be left on the face for 15-20 minutes whilst the creams and lotions are generally left on overnight or used under your foundation. These products are mild and do not harm the skin in any way, be aware that they are not suitable for UV protection or tanning products. Bee venom beauty products should be used in carefully and as directed
Bee venom therapy will help detoxify, cleanse, tighten and smoothen your skin. Our observations are that most sceptics have since turned into die-hard bee venom fans, which says a lot for the benefits of these products.