Kate Middleton Chooses Bee Stings Over Botox

K. Mathews on 5 Dec 2011 at 3:00pm

Kate Middleton bee venomHow does Kate Middleton keep her skin so youthful? The newest member of the Royal Family is turning to bee venom in place of Botox to reduce signs of aging.

We told you last spring that Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, has been using this same beauty regimen. Apparently, Camilla thinks the treatment is the bee’s knees and couldn’t help buzz about it to Middleton. While most commoners head to salons for these special facials, Kate and Camilla are said to receive home visits.  

Before you go out swatting beehives in the hope of looking more attractive, it’s important to know that the facial ointment contains only around 1% bee venom. This small amount alone is enough to “trick the skin’s surface into thinking it has been stung, increasing its blood flow, collagen, and elasticity.” The venom is believed to fill in wrinkles, leaving smoother-looking skin. Those who suffer real bee stings may not be quite as pleased with their appearance.

It’ll be interesting to see whether the bee venom method becomes a fad outside of those in line for the throne, but in the meantime it certainly gives new meaning to the phrase “Queen Bee”.

Read more about the Bee Venom Mask.

Photo credit: © Nick Warner / CC-BY-2.0