This post has been a long time coming, for which I apologise as this is one of those brands I should be shouting about all over the place. I'm talking about Manuka Doctor, the skincare range containing Purified Bee Venom. Bee Venom is much loved by celebs for a youthful glow, and you can count Angelina Jolie, Caroline Flack, Victoria Beckham and Kate Middleton as fans.
Dr Sunil Chopra is the Clinical Director of the London Dermatology Clinic and he says "there is convincing laboratory data to support Bee Venom's effectiveness in anti-ageing, particularly in the prevention of the photo ageing and the repair of damaged skin cells. When choosing a Bee Venom skincare product, I would recommend looking for a brand which uses Purified Bee Venom, as this process removes any unwanted particles such as dust and pollen, helping to ensure a more efficacious product."
So step forward Manuka Doctor, a brand which does indeed contain Purified Bee venom.
The Repairing Skin Cream is to die for. It's £24.99 and worth every single penny. A clinical trial showed that wrinkles visibly improved in four weeks, skin immediately feels more radiant, increased skin tone in four weeks, skin feels measurably smoother and skin appears instantly more nourished and I'd have to agree with all of these. Using in combination with my Brenda Anvari skincare my skin is very happy indeed. There are a few things that I especially want to point about this cream, one, it's extremely light on the skin, important for my skin which gets so easily congested, buy my skin is so glowing with this, it's amazing. I find it absorbs very quickly and when it does it leaves my skin feeling velvety, not greasy or even silky, just like velvet, it's really lovely and suits my skin perfectly. Clearly my skin loves Bee Venom and touch of Manuka Honey. I can't rave about this highly enough, this is a fabulous product.
The other item I've been trying a loving is the ApiNourish Rejuvenating Face Mask which is a slightly scary £49.99 for 50ml. Again, you've probably read nothing but good reviews of this and I'm going to be no different. When Ruth Crilly of A Model Recommends says something is good, you better listen, she's not wrong. This is a mask that actually has visible results immediately after using. The Bee Venom works in a way that basically lightly stings your skin all over (not that you can feel this I must add) to stimulate collagen growth, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and renew damaged skin cells. It's not just the bee venom though, there's Manuka Honey, Avocado Oil, Shea Butter and Vitamin to nourish. Easy to use, you just apply, leave it on for 15 to 30 minutes, then you flake it off by rubbing and rinse any remaining product away. To leave you looking glowing.
Now I have to say a couple of things, firstly, this range does really work. Secondly, I am told the bee venom is harvested in a cruelty free way, but I have very little understanding of this issue. I am not sure of the technicalities but think this definitely something each person has to research and decide for themselves. Thirdly, it goes without saying really, but if you are allergic to bee stings, this probably isn't the range for you!
Available from Holland & Barratt.
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