Most of us already know that honey is a fantastic skincare ingredient; it helps to hydrate skin, clear breakouts, and reverse the signs of ageing. But did you know that bees produce one more amazing skincare ingredient?
It’s called royal jelly - and yes, it’s as good as it sounds. Sign me up for anything to do with royalty!
What are the Benefits of Royal Jelly?
Like honey, royal jelly is made by bees. However, it has a specific purpose in the hive - it’s an exclusive food source for the queen bee. That's why it's called royal jelly!
It’s incredibly rich in nutrients and vitamins - in fact, royal jelly is packed with over 185 unique identifiable compounds. Among these include antioxidants and vitamins - including most of the B Vitamin family, which includes Panthenol and Niacinamide.
Royal jelly is an exceptional skincare ingredient, and it’s easy to see why Guerlain has chosen it for their Abeille Royale line! Let’s take a closer look at the benefits of royal jelly for skin.
1. Reduces Inflammation
Now that we know that there’s a link between ageing and skin inflammation, reducing the amount of inflammation your skin endures is even more important. Royal jelly is an effective anti-inflammatory that soothes skin and reduces any irritation for soothed, and eventually younger-looking skin!
An eye serum designed to brighten and nourish dry, dark under eyes with the power of royal jelly and Ouessant Honey.
2. Fights Off the Signs of Ageing
Royal jelly actually has two ways of staving off any fine lines and wrinkles. First, it helps to increase collagen levels in skin.
The more collagen your skin has, the bouncier and younger it’s going to look. Thanks to this molecule, royal jelly is able to stimulate fibroblasts and collagen production - something you’ll want to fight off the signs of ageing.
That’s all thanks to something called 10-Hydroxy-Trans-2-Decenoic Acid. I know, it’s a real mouthful! But there’s one super-special thing about this molecule - it spurs on collagen production in skin, while at the same time reducing how quickly skin cells deteriorate.
Technically, this is called ‘senescence’, and specifically refers to a decrease in how well cells function - leading to ageing. By slowing this down, royal jelly is also able to slow down how quickly the signs of ageing form for younger looking skin!
Guerlain Abeille Royale Rich Day Cream | $218
This rich, moisturising cream envelops skin with the goodness of Ouessant Honey, Vitamin C, and royal jelly for brighter, glowier skin.
3. Shields Skin from Oxidative Stress
Like all bee derived products (such as honey and propolis), royal jelly also works as an antioxidant. Antioxidants are invaluable skincare ingredients and have a place in everyone’s skincare routine, if you ask me. They have the unique power to partially prevent damage from environmental stressors - the most common of which are ultraviolet light exposure and pollution.
These stressors accelerate the signs of ageing, so preventing them from affecting skin in the first place is crucial to ensuring that your skin looks amazing - no matter your age.
An incredibly lightweight oil that nourishes skin with a combination of honey and royal jelly.
4. Helps Skin Hold Onto Moisture
Now, we all know that keeping skin moisturised and hydrated goes a long way to keeping skin healthy. Royal jelly is excellent at improving hydration levels in skin! Royal jelly is able to increase sphingolipid production in skin. Now, I know what you’re thinking - what the heck is a sphingolipid?
These molecules act similarly to ceramides, and can even work as the building blocks of ceramides. They help keep skin hydrated and healthy by filling in the gaps of skin (on a microscopic level) to help keep moisture in the skin and external irritants out for gorgeous, healthy skin.
A unique serum formula that perfects skin with a bi-phase texture blend of royal jelly and Ouessant Honey.
5. Reverses the Signs of Sun Damage
Studies have also found that courtesy of 10-Hydroxy-Trans-2-Decenoic Acid, royal jelly is able to reduce the appearance of skin damaged by UV rays, potentially reversing the signs of sun damage for healthier-looking skin.
Guerlain Abeille Royale Super Aqua Night Cream | $129
A super-hydrating night cream that replenishes skin with the power of royal jelly.
I won't be letting my skincare routine go without royal jelly any longer - will you?
If you're still trying to figure out how to fit this amazing skincare ingredient in your routine, try our skincare quiz!