Let’s have a quick entomology lesson. Honeybees make a substance called royal jelly that is used to feed queens. It’s all a bee queen in development. Aside from literally being food for the monarch, royal jelly is also really great for your skin. In the latest section of What Wellness, host Ella Dove receives Guerlain Spas Abeille Royale treatment at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. It’s $ 220 for 60 minutes, and it’s as luxurious as it sounds.
“The bi-queen treatment is a facial that will bring the glow back to the skin thanks to honey and royal jelly concentrate,” says facial nurse Alina Cimpoeru. “It’s going to hydrate your skin,” as she says helps fill in superficial wrinkles and lines.
Honey is great if you have an outbreak because of its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, says Cimpoeru. It can also help with the production of collagen and elastin as it is packed with amino acids.
So what distinguishes this facial from me going home and rubbing pure honey in my face? The 13-step process involves a lymphatic drainage massage that has been used on Guerlain since 1928. Rooted in 100 years of tradition, the massage feels like an “incredibly expert facial that you could not do against yourself,” Dove says.
The facial treatment uses products from Guerlain’s Abeille Royale skin care series. To get a taste of the experience at home, you can buy Abeille Royale Queens Treatment ($ 165), which encapsulates the royal jelly in small pearls. You place 15 beads in the small bag that comes with the product and dab it on to drop the jelly directly into your skin.
But if you are ready for the full generous treatment, you will want to go to the Guerlain Spa.
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