There has never been a shortage of stupid sounding beauty treatments in history: women used to put mercury and alligator crap on their faces, and in a few thousand years we’ve only grown a little bit more sophisticated.
We still follow the beauty regimes of royals like little lemmings, though. During the 1500s, women used to use lead foundation and pluck their hairlines to match Queen Elizabeth’s pale skin and receding red hair, and now the ladies are slathering bee venom on their faces to copy Kate Middleton.
Instead of those barbaric Botox treatments where a paralyzing bacteria-produced toxin is injected in to your muscles to make them stop moving and sagging around so much, the bee venom treatment is needle-free, and only causes a ‘slight stinging’ sensation on the skin.
The treatment—available as a $250 facial or an at-home $65 cream—is purportedly used by Kate Middleton and Camilla Bowles to keep their royal countenances in tip-top shape.
Deborah Mitchell, the inventor of the treatment, has been flooded with requests for her therapy (which includes letting the customer’s “energy flow out” as well as lymph drainage, massage and acupressure) when she revealed that Camilla and Kate had been using the venom.
Kate does always look bright and shiny, despite her minimal makeup routine, and Camilla Parker-Bowles has been looking much, much less crinkly since she’s been using the bee butts, so maybe there’s something to it.
If you don’t want to shell out the cash for the official treatment, Deborah told the telegraph that you can make your own by “putting stinging nettles in warm water, mixing them with yogurt and honey, and applying the resultant goo in a face mask.”
Yay, resultant goo! Sounds like a fun DIY for a Sunday afternoon, right?