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There is always one big thing – a superfood, a trendy new workout and a skin-caring ingredient that will blow up your Instagram feed chases. Royal jelly has been around for a while, but this honeybee product soon becomes the lively ingredient of the moment. Here is the reason.
What is royal jelly?
Royal jelly is a secretion from the glands of worker bees – such as a bee's version of breastmilk – that is used to nourish larvae. The only difference between queen bees and worker bees is their diet. Bees destined to become queens are bathed in royal jelly to promote their sexual development, and are then fed jelly royale for the rest of their lives (Could we just be queen bees in the air?) Historically, royal jelly was so valuable that it was reserved for kings (much like the beehives themselves). But now it is easily manufactured and used in nutritional supplements and skin care products. (P.S. Did you know that bee pollen is used as a superfood smoothie booster? Just think of allergies.)
Royal Jelly has a yellow color and a thick, milky consistency. "It's an emulsion of water, proteins and fats that is thought to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antibacterial properties," says Dr. Suzanne Friedler, dermatologist and clinical instructor at Mount Sinai Medical Center.
What are the advantages of Royal? Jelly?
The composition of royal jelly makes it a multitasking ingredient in skin care. "With the powerful vitamins B, C and E, amino and fatty acids, minerals and antioxidants that soothe and nourish the skin, they can counteract aging," says Francesca Fusco, a dermatologist in New York City. She recommends royal jelly for its protective, moisturizing and healing properties. (Related: skin care products that dermatologists love)
There are several studies that support the benefits of royal jelly. In a study of 201
Who can not use royal jelly?
Being an ingredient related to bees, anyone who has a bee sting or a honey allergy should keep away from royal jelly to avoid allergic reactions.
Use of royal jelly
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Mask: Farmacy Honey Potion Renewing antioxidant hydration mask with Echinacea GreenEnvy ($ 56; sephora.com) warms on contact and hydration with honey, royal jelly and echinacea.
Serums: Bee Alive Royal Jelly Serum ($ 58; beealive.com) contains hyaluronic acid, argan and jojoba oils to soften the skin and improve collagen production. With 63 percent propolis (a building block of beehives) and 10 percent royal jelly, the Royal Honey Propolis Enrich Essence ($ 39; sokoglam.com) is packed full of anti-oxidant substances with anti-inflammatory properties.
Moisturizers: Stock up on Guerlain Abeille Royale Honey Balm ($ 56; neimanmarcus.com) for the winter as the deeply hydrating balm moisturizes the face, hands, elbows and feet can be applied. Tatcha The Silk Cream ($ 120; tatcha.com) also uses royal jelly in its gel face cream for its moisturizing properties.
SPF: Jafra Play It Safe Sunscreen SPF 30 ($ 24; jafra.com) is a multi-tasking product with royal jelly for hydration combined with a blue sunscreen and a broad spectrum SPF.