The Healing Bee

By Olivia Preston

Little yellow and black fuzz-balls, also know as bees have been declining since the late 1990s. These buzzing little creatures are expert pollinators who play an essential role in our ecosystems. Not only this, but their by-products that are immensely helpful and healing to keep us, humans buzzing around.

Bee Yü, skincare brand from New Zealand, loves bees and is conscious of the decline in bee numbers. They donate to charities, like Bumblebee Conservation Trust, who protect the precious honeybees. These stripe-jumper-wearing guys are integral to Bee Yü’s business, as their products utilise the benefits of pollination to enhance and care for the skin.

This skincare range from Bee Yü includes ethically-sourced, active ingredients like bee venom, royal jelly and Manuka honey, which all work together to plump and firm the skin. The award-winning collection includes Hydrating Day Créme, Firming and Regenerating Face Masque and Intensive Night Crème.

Used for centuries and loved worldwide, Manuka honey is known to help lock moisture into the skin, helping to leave it feeling hydrated and glowing. This honey is scientifically proven to stimulate the immune system, boost cell metabolism with its vitamins and amino acids and prevent acne. The Manuka honey used is precious – as the Manuka bush only produces nectar for 3-4 weeks each year and the yields can be very low.

Hydrating Day Créme

This moisturising cream is packed full of Manuka honey, with its pH neutralising benefits, 100% pure royal jelly that helps to tighten fine lines and wrinkles and bee venom which stimulates the skin and increases blood flow. In the cream also is cape chestnut oil that provides natural UV protection, harakeke extract that helps to control oil production and skin breakouts and camellia oil.

Intensive Night Crème

Skin feels nourished and supple with bee yü’s Intensive Night Crème. This potent cream contains 100% pure New Zealand Manuka honey, prickly pear seed oil and goji seed oil. Prickly pear seed oil and goji seed oil are high in antioxidants and essential fatty acids, that helps to repair the skin and improve elasticity. Hyaluronic acid seals in moisture and leaves the face looking full and youthful.

Regenerating Face Masque

Their 3-in-1 bee venom face mask contains various active ingredients that resurface and cleanses the skin. The bee venom stimulates collagen production that plumps and firms the skin. Swertia chirata extract s improves epidermis regeneration and blurs vertical wrinkles, reducing appearance in a week.

The rich ingredients in Bee Yü’s products are from the True Honey Co. – a company that works with local landowners to place hives in the bush country, just before the Manuka trees flower. The brand donates £5 from each sale of the Face Masque to the Bumblebee Conservation Trust and £5 from the Day and Night Crème to London’s oldest botanical garden – Chelsea Physic Garden. Bee Yü aims to support the bees who provide their potent ingredients and their populations around the world.