Bee stings instead of Botox?
January 18, 2012
Yet another anti-aging cream with a bizarre secret ingredient has hit the market. This time, the surprising additive may make some cringe - bee stings. The new cream, known as Manuka Doctor, is creating quite the buzz in the UK, where it recently hit markets - but does it work?
According to the Huffington Post, each pot of Manuka Doctor contains more than 10,000 bee stings. The poison in the sting is believed to help slow the aging process and improve skincare. Since it hit shelves, sales of the cream are up 3,000 percent.
Some are calling the cream "nature's alternative to Botox," according to the news source, as it is rumored to stimulate collagen growth and the renewal of cells. But while trendy creams and lotions may generate a lot of chatter in the media, few can stand up to the time-tested results garnered from Botox and other injectable cosmetics.
Although the facts are dicey, members of the Royal Family like Camilla Parker Bowles, Duchess of Cornwall and the new Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton have been reported to swear by it.
Botulinum Toxin type A is a family of neurotoxins that cause muscles to contract and block nerve signals, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. It is one of many injectable cosmetics used to treat wrinkles and facial lines that has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
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