Hollywood never fails to surprise us with their outlandish, over-the-top and insanely extravagant lifestyles. And the lovely Gwyneth Paltrow always seems to be at the top of the list of most pretentious celebrities. From raving about her $15,000 sex toy to her comments about how her life is so much harder than a typical working mom, she gives us an endless supply of sound bites that leave normal, non-Hollywood people shaking their heads. In recent news, she’s telling women why they should let bees sting their faces. On purpose. Say what?
Bee Sting Therapy
Apitherapy is an ancient practice that involves the therapeutic use of bees, and Ms. Paltrow has openly admitted to partaking in this practice. During a sting session, a practitioner picks up bees with tweezers and holds them against your skin until they sting you. This process is repeated up to a horrific 80 times in one session. Ready to sign up yet?
Plan Bee: Alternatives to Sting Sessions
Paltrow and other bee sting proponents claim that the bee venom acts as an anti-inflammatory in the body and supports a more youthful appearance. Critics warn that bee venom therapy can be downright dangerous and may cause severe allergic reactions, painful swelling and infection.
Despite the buzz surrounding this bizarre beauty treatment, there are much better options available if you want to look more youthful, refreshed and rejuvenated. Modern medspa treatments such as BOTOX®, dermal fillers, chemical peels and microdermabrasion can dramatically improve your appearance without surgery or downtime. Compared to bee sting therapy, these treatments are not only less painful but also offer safer, more predictable results when performed by an experienced, highly-qualified plastic surgeon.