January 19, 2012 12:25 PM
What do Kate Middleton, Victoria Beckham, and Gwyneth Paltrow, and Michelle Pfeiffer have in common? They’re all fans of the newest A-list beauty craze – bee venom facials. This new non-surgical procedure, administered by Deborah Mitchell, is said to be an “organic” alternative to Botox.
Available at select salons and various websites (heavenskincare.com & hollandandbarrett.com), bee venom facials are said to temporarily relax the facial muscles, break down cell membranes and improve circulation—all of which can theoretically contribute to a tighter complexion.
But is all the buzz around this hot new form of skin care true?
Doctors claim it’s hard to tell. There haven’t been enough clinical trials to judge the full effects of the venom – good or bad. With repeated use, it could cause you to develop a severe allergy—or even damage essential cell membranes (yikes!). This verdict is still out on the benefits of bee venom, but if this mask can give us Gwyenth’s flawless, A-list skin – sign us up!