When I first heard about the Skin Chemists range I had very mixed opinions about their products. I can be quite skeptical when it comes to high end beauty products using crazy ingredients claiming that it will take 10 years off you and that you'll look radiant after one use. I'm not saying that Skin Chemists said anything of those things, but the Bee Venom Facial Serum did feel like a bit of a gimmick. I then googled Bee Venom facials and found out that they had been creating a buzz (pardon the expression) in the celebrity world. The royal family, Caroline Flack and Kylie are amongst several celebrities that swear by products infused with bee venom. In an article published on the Daily Mail (7/2/2013) the newspaper released some fun facts about bee venom products. Apparently "The Korean government has invested hundreds of thousands of pounds into bee venom research, including applications for serious health problems such as arthritis and multiple sclerosis." Clearly if the Korean government rate it so highly, it must be good for our skin right?
I put this theory to the test by trying out the Skin Chemists Bee Venom Facial Serum*. For those cruelty free beauty product lovers, fear not, the venom is released in a light powder and does not harm the bees upon collection. According to the Skin Chemists website: "Infused with bee venom and Manuka honey, this light gel moisturises and refreshes the skin and contains key ingredients and plumping agents, helping you get the skin you have always dreamed of. At first I was a bit apprehensive about using this product, Would I have an allergic reaction? Would it sting? Bee venom can cause severe allergic reactions if you're not careful so it is always advised that you do a patch test before use. Luckily I'm fine, but I know that my dad swells up like a balloon if he comes in contact with anything Bee related - let that be a warning for anyone who thinks they can use products like this without testing themselves first. My initial reaction to using the product was that I liked the fragrant smell and that it applied smoothly onto my face without any irritation. At £135 a pot, this product isn't exactly cheap, but you feel the luxury within the products texture. It doesn't feel lumpy, sticky or irritating. It is smooth as silk and soft as cashmere. I was rather impressed that there was no sting either. It was like using any other facial product. I could feel my skin ever so slightly tighten on application which must have been my faces reaction to the venom penetrating my skin, but other than that it felt great. After a few days of use, I noticed that my skin had become revitalised and that I looked more glowing than usual. Admittedly I don't use many facial serums in my routine, so maybe I've only noticed the difference because I don't actually use them. Nevertheless, it felt great and it's definitely a product I wouldn't dismiss for everyday skin regime.
The second product I tried from the Skin Chemists range is the Wrinkle Killer which includes synthetic snake venom. I know I'm only 22 and wrinkles should be the last thing on my mind, but I'm very much a forward planner. If there's something I could use that will help delay the aging process I'll give a shot. At the moment I'm not seeing much results other than my skin feels softer and looks in better condition. This could be down to either products I've been using and until I've tried this a little bit more, I can't really form an opinion.
Overall I quite like both of the products. I do think they are a little bit overpriced, but I also believe in investing in good quality products. Would I repurchase these products? At the moment I'm a little bit undecided, but right now I'm loving the results.