Heaven bee venom mask reviews
£86.50

Heaven Skincare Silver Bee Venom mask review: Smart mirror results show if it really is a natural alternative to Botox

9th August 2021 | Author: Victoria Woollaston-Webber
Verdict

We’ve been in the business of reviewing skincare and beauty products for years and we’ve never used a product as revolutionary as the Heaven Silver Bee Venom mask. Not only does it make our skin look fantastic, after just 10 minutes, the results literally go skin deep.

Our face looks brighter, feels softer, is plumper and more youthful-looking and we’ve been complimented on video calls from numerous people that our skin is glowing. It’s such an improvement that most days when we would have worn foundation, we’ve gone for a tinted moisturiser, or just applied moisturiser and SPF.

From someone who has suffered from redness, blemishes, and uneven skin tone since being a teenager, this mask really has solved so many of our woes.

The downside is just how expensive this cream is. At £86.50, it may be out of reach for many people but, as our results show, it’s remarkably great value. We’ve been using the bee venom mask almost daily for three months and we’re only just running low.

What’s more, when you compare this to the £60 cost of Charlotte Tilbury’s serum – as just one example – (which is sold in 30ml bottles, and which doesn’t perform half as well) the bee venom mask could even be considered a bargain. Plus, it’s a hell of a lot cheaper than Botox injections.

It not only lives up to its promises, it exceeds them. And as a result, it exceeded our expectations. This bee venom mask has set the bar so high that all other creams, masks, and serums that follow have huge boots to fill.

Pros
  • Immediate results
  • Tackles a multitude of skin concerns
  • Can be used in various ways
Cons
  • Expensive
Where to Buy
Heaven by Deborah Mitchell £86.50
Prices are accurate at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

For more than a decade, leading facialists have been using bee venom masks to tackle a range of concerns – from wrinkles to acne – and at the helm of this trend is beautician Deborah Mitchell with her Heaven Skincare range.

Used and loved by celebrities including Danii Minogue and Victoria Beckham, as well as the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton (among others,) Heaven’s ABEETOXIN bee venom masks are largely revered as natural, pain-free alternatives to Botox injections.

They promise to give both immediate anti-ageing effects, as well as give you plumper, younger-looking skin over time.

Deborah sells three versions of her bee venom skincare treatments – Silver, Black, and Gold – and they start at a rather pricey £86.50.

For the past three months, we’ve been putting the entry-level, Silver Bee Venom Mask to the test for this review to see if they’re really worth the money, or if they’re overhyped.


What is bee venom good for?

What is bee venom good forGetty Images/iStockphoto

Bee venom was used by the Ancient Egyptians and the Greeks as a way to treat arthritis and rheumatism. For centuries, bees used to sting people in a bid to get access to the main components of the venom; mellitin, adolapin, and apamine

Before we dive into our bee venom mask review, we want to explain a bit more about how bee venom is collected and used. And how it’s played a major role in health treatments for centuries.

According to reports, bee venom was used by the Ancient Egyptians and the Greeks as a way to treat arthritis and rheumatism. For centuries, bees used to sting people in a bid to get access to the main components of the venom; mellitin, adolapin, and apamine.

The most significant of these components is melittin, a protein compound that contains 26 amino acids which have been shown to have antiviral, antibacterial, and anticancer effects in scientific studies. One study found that bee venom can be used to treat eczema. Another study demonstrated bee venom’s benefits when used as part of cancer therapy.

Beyond mellitin, apamin and adolapin are peptides which, despite being toxins, help relieve pain and have anti-inflammatory properties.

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How does bee venom cream work?

Deborah Mitchell has been using bee venom creams and masks on her clients during facials since 2008 and has created a formula that combines melittin alongside more than 20 other compounds as part of a patented anti-ageing formula known as ABEETOXIN.

This formula is organic and is listed separately from the main ingredients on the packaging in these masks in order to protect the patent.

ABEETOXIN uses bee venom to trick the skin into thinking it’s been stung.

This causes the body to send blood to the area – which in this case is your face – and this in turn stimulates the production of collagen, which strengthens tissue, and elastin. These are the key components that give skin its bounce and make it look plump and young. You can read more about collagen and elastin in our guide on How to prevent wrinkles, according to the experts.

The bee venom used in Heaven’s products is gathered from bees via a bee charity in Kenya. Small electric currents are passed through a pane of glass and this causes the bees to sting the glass. This current doesn’t cause any harm to the bees and, because it’s a hard surface, the bee doesn’t lose its sting in the same way it does when it stings a human or animal.

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Heaven Skincare Silver Bee Venom mask review

There are three bee venom masks available from Heaven Skincare: Silver, Black, and Gold.

All of them are organic and have the same overall effect in tightening, firming, and lifting the skin by penetrating fine lines, frown lines and wrinkles. The major difference between the three masks, and hence the big difference in price, is the type of bee venom used in each.

  • Silver: This mask contains the venom of the worker bee. It costs £86.50.
  • Black: This mask contains a quarter rare bee venom, designed to give you a stronger “sting.” It costs £163.
  • Gold: The Gold bee venom mask contains the world’s rarest bee venom and only 500 are made annually. It costs £352.

For this review, having never used a bee venom mask before, we opted for the Silver version. All three recently featured in the Netflix series (Un)Well.

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Consistency

The Silver Bee Venom mask has a thick, creamy consistency and a little goes a long way

Despite the price, we were initially taken aback at the relatively small amount of cream you get in a pot of Heaven’s bee venom mask. Although the packaging is quite large, the volume seems low. This is a little deceiving, though, because you actually get 60ml – double what seems to be the industry standard of the 30ml pots and bottles sold by so many other skincare brands.

Plus, the consistency is thick and creamy, without being gloopy, so a little goes a very long way. You only need to apply a thin layer to see results, almost to the point where it’s opaque on your skin, and in fact, if you use more, you don’t see any particularly noticeable differences in the anti-ageing effects.

It has a very distinctive smell, which is likely the use of honey and lavender. It’s not an unpleasant smell, far from it, but when we wore it overnight the smell was still strong when we woke up.

The beauty of the Heaven Bee Venom masks is that you get immediate results from just ten minutes of use, or you can keep it on your skin all day, or overnight, if you want to accelerate the results and see a more impactful effect.

Heaven advises you use it morning and evening on cleansed skin, but it also explains that you can use on top of your moisturiser, or combine it with serum. The latter is our preferred way of using the Silver Bee Venom mask on a regular basis, and it means we can get all the benefits of the mask while using a tiny amount.

Once a week or as needed, we use it as a 10-minute mask, and then when our skin is looking particularly dull or sallow – which happened after we overindulged in the Christmas break – we apply the mask overnight.

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Silver Bee Venom mask review: Smart mirror results

We apply the bee venom mask using a facial brush in order to get just a thin layer. You can build up the product, should you want to use more

As you can read in our How we test skincare article, we don’t like to just use anecdotal evidence when reviewing skincare.

We like to put the results through our smart mirror, HiMirror. This mirror tracks changes in pores, red spots, dark spots, wrinkles, fine lines, dark circles, and roughness. We also separately use the HiSkin skin analyser, which monitors changes in hydration and pigmentation.

The results after wearing the mask for 10 minutes are in the chart below.

Silver Bee Venom mask
10 minutes
Before % After % Before rank After rank Difference
Dark circles 8.25 14.25 Good Poor 6
Red spots 1.82 1.82 Good Good 0
Pores 2.23 1.88 Poor Excellent -0.35
Dark spots 5.44 2.96 Poor Poor -2.48
Wrinkles 1.15 0.78 Poor Fair -0.37
Fine Lines 5.61 3.85 Poor Fair -1.76
Roughness 26.89 25.97 Fair Good -0.92

The lower the percentage, the better the score, and a negative difference represents a positive change in appearance

As you can see, almost every aspect of our skin and complexion was improved in just a short amount of time. In the case of dark spots, it improved considerably. However, our dark circles were actually worse after using the mask.

We’re not sure why the mask would make our dark circles worse unless it’s because it made the rest of our complexion so much brighter and less dull, and this made our dark circles stand out more.

Dark circles are also highly influenced by how much water we’ve drunk, or how much sleep we’ve had so of all of the skin concerns, we would expect this one to fluctuate the most.

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The results after wearing the mask overnight are in the chart below.

Silver Bee Venom mask
Overnight
Before % After % Before rank After rank Difference
Dark circles 8.25 12.25 Fair Fair 4
Red spots 1.82 1.82 Good Good 0
Pores 2.23 2.23 Poor Excellent 0
Dark spots 5.44 4.01 Poor Poor -1.43
Wrinkles 1.15 0.78 Poor Fair -0.37
Fine Lines 5.61 0.98 Poor Good -4.63
Roughness 26.89 14.69 Fair Good -12.2

Again, our dark circles looked worse, but the difference was smaller. Our pores remained the same, as did our red spots.

We were amazed at the differences in our fine lines and roughness though, dropping by 4.63% and 12.2% respectively. After just a single night of wearing a very thin layer of this bee venom mask, our skin looked the best it has for a really long time.

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Skin analyser results

After wearing the mask for 10 minutes, we also analysed our skin using the HiSkin reader. This involves placing the analyser on different parts of your face and neck and taking a reading in each area.

The reader uses electronic and diffusion photon engineering to look at cuticle moisture. It then gives you a score, out of 100, alongside a ranking. The hydration changes for our cheek, forehead, and neck are shown in the graphs below.

The increase in hydration levels of our cheeks, forehead, and neck, as tracked by the HiSkin analyser, are shown in these graphs

As you can see in these graphs, the hydration levels across our face and neck improved dramatically after wearing the mask for 10 minutes. Our cheek’s moisture levels rose to 94.65 out of 100. Our forehead soared to 99.9 – the highest possible hydration level for your skin – as did our neck’s moisture.

The neck reading is particularly key because people tend to forget to moisturise their neck and boobs, yet the skin in these regions is thinner and is more likely to sag and become wrinkly before your face can even show signs of ageing.

These readings are beyond anything we’ve ever seen from any product we’ve reviewed. It’s outstanding.

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Silver Bee Venom mask review: Verdict

We’ve been in the business of reviewing skincare and beauty products for years and we’ve never used a product as revolutionary as the Heaven Silver Bee Venom mask. Not only does it make our skin look fantastic, after just 10 minutes, but the results literally go skin deep

We’ve been in the business of reviewing skincare and beauty products for years and we’ve never used a product as revolutionary as the Heaven Silver Bee Venom mask.

Not only does it make our skin look fantastic, after just 10 minutes, the results literally go skin deep.

Our face looks brighter, feels softer, is plumper and more youthful-looking and we’ve been complimented on video calls from numerous people that our skin is glowing.

It’s such an improvement that most days when we would have worn foundation, we’ve gone for a tinted moisturiser, or just applied moisturiser and SPF.

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From someone who has suffered from redness, blemishes, and uneven skin tone since being a teenager, this mask really has solved so many of our woes.

The downside is just how expensive this cream is. At £86.50, it may be out of reach for many people but, as our results show, it’s remarkably great value. We’ve been using the bee venom mask almost daily for three months and we’re only just running low.

What’s more, when you compare this to the £60 cost of Charlotte Tilbury’s serum – as just one example – (which is sold in 30ml bottles, and which doesn’t perform half as well) the bee venom mask could even be considered a bargain. Plus, it’s a hell of a lot cheaper than Botox injections.

It not only lives up to its promises, it exceeds them. And as a result, it exceeded our expectations. This bee venom mask has set the bar so high that all other creams, masks, and serums that follow have huge boots to fill.

Buy now from Heaven

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