The Dermal Bee Venom Relaxing Cream* is a hypoallergenic soothing cream with royal jelly and bee venom. It also has plant extracts like portulaca and aloe that are both soothing, and it has hyaluronic acid for moisture. The Bee Venom Relaxing Cream is part of their special cream series, that includes pearl, snail, and syn-ake (a peptide similar to snake venom).
The bee venom variant is supposed to be an alternative to botox, as it is supposed to make facial muscles firmer, and decreases the fine lines. It is also meant to be anti-wrinkle and to improve acne-prone skin. I am quite a big fan of the Dermal Sheet Masks (reviewed here), so I was excited to try this product.
This helps “promote the natural healing process, enhances skin ability to recover, dissolves dying cells, triggers skin regeneration and repair.”
Designed as the last step to the skin care stage (this variant of cream is to be used at night), this cream starts out a little bit on the thicker side, unlike a lot of typical Korean skin care that I’ve tried, which are light gels or creams. It does, however, sink in pretty quickly. As my skin is mostly dry, I can afford to use this in the day time, too. At night, even though it’s supposed to be the last step, I double up with another layer of this on my more affected areas or use a thicker moisturizer or balm.
I forgot why I had been researching on venom extraction, but I recently found out that there has been a more humane way of extracting venom from bees. When a bee stings you and releases venom, its stinger usually gets left behind and plucked from its body, which makes the bee die. Companies have developed a way of extraction in recent years that does not pluck out the bee’s stinger (the surface it pokes is just gentler and has a weaker grip on the stinger) when collecting the bee venom.
So far, I have experienced some improvement in my skin’s texture, especially with the bumpy areas around my eyes. I enjoy using this cream and I quite like its subtle scent, too. The only thing I’m extremely apprehensive about is its squalene ingredient, which, unless it is olive-derived, I have phased out of my “good” ingredients list. Based on this Qoo10 listing, though, I’m inclined to say that this contains vegetable squalene. This is a personal preference, and I have found no real faults with the product’s performance, however, and actually liked the results very much.
I have no information regarding Dermal’s animal testing policy.