According to the International Dermal Institute the effects of aging can be more significant in women due the suppleness and elasticity of skin. Beginning in middle age women begin to produce less B-Estradiol resulting in less protein synthesis of collagen and elastin. The lower levels of collagen and elastin affect the body’s ability to repair skin and to keep the skin firm and elastic. Simultaneously, the epidermis begins to thin meaning skin cells are slower to turn over, increasing dry skin and wrinkles.
While women have been combatting the effects of aging for centuries, in recent years many women have turned toward invasive surgery or Botox to fight the aging process. However surgery is often accompanied with significant risk and long-term use of Botox not only produces a frozen aspect in the face, but it can also result in botulism, a form of food poisoning in which the subject becomes paralyzed. Even limited use of Botox has uncomfortable side effects such as headache, pain, bruising and swelling at the site of the injection, nausea and indigestion.
Celebrities such as the Duchess of Cambridge have embraced a more natural way to fight signs of aging. Vanity Fair recently revealed Kate’s reliance on bee venom facials in her otherwise natural and simple beauty regime.
Bee venom is an effective anti-wrinkle treatment because it tricks the skin into believing it has been stung, causing blood to rush toward the treated area, increasing production of collagen and elastin. The venom also relaxes the muscles in the face, easing stress, wrinkles and strain. The Daily Mail cited in a February 7, 2013 article a trial in which 14 women from ages 50-59 used bee venom cream. All participants noticed an improvement in the look and texture of their skin.
Bee venom is also safe for all users, even those with allergies to bee venom. Aestheticians will perform a patch test on skin to ensure there is no reaction, however in most cases the bee venom does not cause a reaction.
This natural skin treatment not only safely stimulates skin to be smoother, healthier and younger-looking, but it is also completely safe for the bees. A piece of glass is placed inside the hive with gentle vibrations running through it. This encourages the bees to sting, allowing the collection of venom without causing the bee to lose its stinger and die.
When used in a facial treatment in a spa as a facial treatment, mask or moisturizing cream, the bee venom is especially effective when combined with Manuka Honey. Honey has long been recognized for its natural healing properties for skin and hair, when combined with its real-life partner, bee venom, its soothing and smoothing properties are enhanced. Marshmallow root, a plant commonly associated with easing pain and swelling is also an excellent compliment to the bee venom. The Marshmallow root applied to skin helps reduce swelling, soothes dryness and helps treat chapped skin and injured skin. This combination of organic, natural product is not only extremely effective, one treatment is truly a face-lift in a jar, but also versatile. In addition to the anti-aging properties, this organic combination of bee venom and other natural product has been shown to heal burns, treat scars and soothe sunburn.
The Aspen Club and Spa is pleased to announce their own Bee Venom facial treatment, called the Heaven Facial. This facial is a natural alternative to Botox and the first product of its kind. This unique, relaxing facial treatment uses only natural and organic ingredients that combine to work in synergy for an instant anti-ageing effect, leaving you looking and feeling instantly younger. In a special formulation of Heaven, by Deborah Mitchell, Aspen Spa is helping men and women turn back the hands of time.