14/08/2014 16:43 BST | Updated 20/05/2015 10:12 BST

Bee Venom: The Next Skincare Phenomenon?

From rosehip and coconut oil to chocolate masks, natural alternatives to the regular vitamin E-infused moisturisers and cleansers are on the rise.

The latest skincare craze? It's bee venom - and no, it doesn't sting.


Bee venom-based beauty treatments have been around for a while but thanks to a recent celebrity following - fans include Victoria Beckham, Kylie Minogue and Bar Refaeli - it's become something of a trend.

Don't believe us? Refaeli recently tried the Gold Bee Venom Facial at London's Mayfair Hotel (here's the proof...)

What's all the fuss about? It's main purpose is to boost collagen levels and plump the skin, but it's also used to hydrate, replenish and reduce the signs of ageing.

And while many of the bee venom products aren't exactly cheap (New York Daily News reports Refaeli's facial cost over $1000,) skincare brand Good Things Beauty has launched a daily face cream with Manuka honey for a slightly more affordable £7.99. Hurrah!

As well as the venom, it's made with royal jelly and beeswax to hydrate, echinacea extract to nourish and Manuka for its excellent anti-bacterial properties.

Sounds like another fad? If it's the answer to Refaeli's flawless supermodel skin, it might just be worth giving this one a try.

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