Is Bee Venom the Fountain of Youth for Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Middleton?

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Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Middleton, although from different countries and backgrounds, have many things in common.  Paltrow is considered royalty in the Hollywood set and entertainment business; Middleton is married to the future king of the United Kingdom.  Both women are also famed beauties and are renowned for their flawless, glowing, and youthful skin.

While many suspect that botox might have been used to erase the fine lines and wrinkles that are part and parcel of aging, Paltrow and Middleton apparently use an all-natural product which makes the skin appear taught and fresh:  bee venom.  Although bee venom sounds like it could perhaps be dangerous, it is considered to be an effective, all natural alternative to botox.  Apitoxin, the other name for bee venom, is a clear and colorless liquid, and works as an anticoagulant with anti-inflammatory properties.

Bee venom therapy for other uses is not unknown; some use the apitoxin to ease the pain of rheumatism.  For cosmetic purposes, bee venom is said to work in two ways; by relaxing the muscles which cause wrinkles, and by stimulating the production of collagen and elastin which keep skin looking young.

The Duchess of Cambridge, along with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, are alleged to both use “organic face-lift” creams and lotions containing bee venom.  Middleton’s skin is flawless, and the Duchess of Cornwall’s skin shows a dramatic improvement from five years ago; some say she looks 15 years younger.

While the bee venom creams are not painful, manufacturers of the specialty creams do admit that users feel a slight “tingling” in the skin when the products are applied.

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