There is no question that on paper both Bee Venom and Royal Jelly are attractive bee ingredients for our skin especially given their claims. In fact all bee based ingredients are highly beneficial to the skin and the three ingredients that we at Bee Good proudly source, solely from British bees, deliver supremely effective skin results for all ages without threatening the health of our precious honeybees.
The skin is made up of three core layers, the base layer being substantially a fatty layer, the middle layer (dermis) responsible for the structure of the skin, temperature control, blood vessels, sweat glands and hair follicles and a top layer (epidermis) made up of seven thin layers that provide the overall protective mantle. It is in the epidermis that the fresh skin cells travelling from the dermis towards the outer layers of the skin begin to die and are eventually sloughed away. Skin replenishes every 28 days.
The dermis is also where collagen and elastin are at their healthiest and most beneficial. As skin cells move towards the epidermis they gradually become dehydrated, flatten and less structured and so the skin becomes less elastic, less plump and starts to age and produce fine lines. This process also slows as we age with a lower rate of collagen production and less elasticity.
The key to healthy happy skin is hydration and protection. The main causes of early skin ageing and damage can most often be attributed to transpidermal water loss, excess exposure to UVB and UVA light, oxidants and reduced amino acids and nutrients. The dermis is made up of around 70% water and through the process of skin secretion and cell ageing this drops considerably within the epidermis layers. It can fall to as low as 10-15% depending on the structure of the epidermis (very dry skins, sensitivity and exposure to external elements). Collagen fibres in the dermis are stretched and lose hydration as we age and the level of GAG's (from naturally derived Hyaluronic acid known to hold 1000 times their weight in water) also decline. Moisturising the skin becomes essential and the role of the key ingredients in supporting this becomes ever more important. Bees can provide an excellent source of the key nutrients our skin needs to remain healthy and youthful.
Honey, beeswax and propolis - our key Bee Good ingredients
Honey (acting as a natural humectant by attracting water and locking it in) and Beeswax (acting as a surfactant, water resistant) work in harmony to maintain moisturisation and hydration levels. Propolis and Beeswax in combination provide a protection against bacteria and environmental pollutants, fighting free radicals whilst still allowing the skin to function healthily.
Whilst Bee Venom is thought to stimulate collagen into increased production, like its well known counterpart 'botulism' or 'Botox' it's benefits demand a level of sustained usage. As demand increases so too does the potential threat to our honeybees since the extraction process is invariably intrusive. Likewise, Bee Venom is also credited with attributes of skin smoothness - something that honey, beeswax and propolis will also deliver whilst addressing a wide reaching number of other skin issues.
Royal Jelly although known to be less potent than honey, contains powerful amino acids and up to 134 nutrients. However extracting royal jelly involves starving the hive of its superfood and there is still little evidence that the application of Royal Jelly does much more than improve hydration. There is also the question of Royal Jelly's quick deterioration after harvest. Again honey, beeswax and propolis support positive moisture levels required for plump, younger looking skin.
We believe the combination of honey, beeswax and propolis in the right quantities and supported by relevant plant oils provides our skin with supremely effective, intelligent, natural skin healing benefits. It also protects the health and future of our precious British bees, something we at Bee Good actively champion.