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Review of Burt's Bees Brightening Even-Tone Moisturizing Cream
The global beauty market is a multi-billion dollar industry projected to reach $265 billion by 2017 according to cosmeticdesigns.com. As a result, there are millions of products out there ranging from extremely expensive to fairly cheap sold by brand names and their store brand knock offs. Some of these products work, some kind of work, and some don't work at all or make the problem worse.
This is an attempt to cut through the advertising and get to the truth of how well Burt's Bees Brightening even-tone moisturizing cream actually works and whether or not their claims on the packaging are true.
Ingredients and their Uses
Burt’s Bees claims their product is 99.0% natural. One of the natural ingredients they go out of their way to mention, is daisy extract. On the package they claim that “wild, white Daisies – just the blossoms, mind you – are sustainably collected in the mountains of Macedonia for one compelling reason: Their extract has been shown to be a natural skin brightening agent, helping to reduce the appearance of dark spots and pigmentation.”
Burt’s Bees is not alone in using Daisy extract as a main ingredient in moisturizers as a brightening agent. It is commonly used in the beauty industry by companies such as Ageless Derma and Previse. Daisy extract works by reducing the melatonin production in your skin causing your skin to whiten, reducing hyperpigmentation and fading the appearance of dark spots or age spots.
Most of you have probably heard of the benefits of using lemon on your skin. Besides being a natural cleanser, lemon can heal acne, remove blackheads and help make your face look less greasy or oily. When added to a moisturizer, lemon has the power to whiten your face therefor lightening acne scars, dark marks, and age spots.
Apricot kernel oil
As far as lightening your skin goes, apricot kernel oil doesn’t have much use. However, apricot kernel oil contains Omega fatty acids that leave your skin feeling soft. According to previsecare.com, apricot kernel oil has unique properties that can reduce the inflammation of your skin.
Excessive inflammation is the cause of those red, painful, and swollen acne, called cystic acne, that is the bane of every teenager’s existence. Soothing excessive inflammation can not only reduce the redness of your face, but heal these kind of acne problems or prevent them from forming.
Sunflower Seed Soil
Sunflower seed oil has been known to gently wash away impurities while helping to seal in moisture. It also contains a large amount of Vitamin E, which is an antioxidant that fights aging of your skin.
Summer Snowflake extract
The packaging for Burt’s Bees cream makes it a point to mention their use of Summer Snowflake extract. Why? Because Summer Snowflake is the new big thing in cosmetics for its natural ability to fight the signs of aging and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
Jojoba seed oil
Jojoba seed oil can help soften and moisturize your skin, without clogging your pores. Like it’s predecessor’s in this list of natural ingredients, jojoba seed oil also has anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties.
This moisturizing cream boasts many other natural ingredients such as orange fruit extract, grape seed oil, olive fruit oil and sugar maple, but listing all of them and their properties would be redundant. Burt’s Bees claims their product is 99.0% natural, which doesn’t mean a whole lot to me if that last percent is arsenic or cadmium. As far as I can tell, though, there is nothing poisonous in this moisturizer. But it does contain items such as xantham gum, sucrose, sodium PCA, phenoxyethanol, citral, etc, which are generally fairy harmless.
Phenoxyethanol is used as an alternative to parabens. It has no benefits whatsoever for your face. Instead it is added to cosmetics and other skin care products as a preservative.
Sodium Pyroglutamic Acid, is also an ingredient of this moisturizer. It is a synthetic ingredient derived from natural ingredients, such as plants, fruits and coconut oil. Sodium PCA helps your skin retain moisture by binding moisture to one's skin cells. It also has anti-aging properties, reduces inflammation/redness, and can help give you that natural, healthy glow. As this is a review, I always like to point out the positives and the negatives of everything. While studies may have shown that daisy extract, lemon, and the other natural ingredients may have beneficial properties for your skin, perhaps all the natural and fruit extracts are just a ploy to hop on the green wagon while secretly Sodium PCA, a common ingredient in many moisturizers, does all the work.
On the flip side of that argument, most of the natural ingredients listed at proven to have certain benefits for your skin. Sodium PCA, therefor, is mostly just an additive or an insurance policy. Plus Burt’s Bees does have a good reputation of being natural and sustainable, two things I love to hear. What also works in their favor is that they don’t use tea tree oil. Tea tree oil is a hot commodity in beauty products these days, but what companies don’t tell you is that harvesting tea tree oil destroys the rain forest. So the fact that Burt’s Bees doesn’t use tea tree oil, supports their claims that they only use sustainable products. Ten points for Burt’s Bees!
What Burt’s Bees claims this product does
Burt’s Bees makes three claims about their product: (1) that is visibly evens skin tone, (2) that is creates a brighter, more luminous complexion, and (3) that is helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
They even go so far as to claim that their product is “clinically proven to even skin tone and help diminish the appearance of darks spots and colorations," and that "100% of women saw brighter skin after using Burt’s Bees Brightening even-tone moisturizing cream after 8 weeks of use.”
But how true are their claims?
I was skeptical about this product at first. It only costs about $20 American dollars and nothing that cheap is ever effective. However, I was proven wrong.
The first thing you notice when using this product is the smell. It smells amazing, like a wonderful lemon meringue pie. It smells good enough to eat. While not very useful, it is certainly a good start.
Many women claim they saw brightening of their skin after the first use. I didn’t. I didn’t really expect it to be effective after only one use, though, that would be ridiculous. So I kept using it once a day for weeks and eventually, I did see a difference.
Burt’s Bees brightening even-tone moisturizing cream actually does what it says, it lightens your face. By lightening your face it really does reduce the appearance of dark spots. For me that meant a visible fading of acne scars that I have had for years now. After just a few weeks of use my skin tone is more even, my face brighter, and most importantly my acne scars are disappearing.
I have tried other products on my acne scars with no success in the past. Bio-oil (essentially vitamin E and vitamin C) proved to be ineffective and retinols which are often used in dark spot correctors, make my face break out like crazy. If you have acne problems, retinols tend to make those problems worse especially cystic acne problems. Burt’s Bees moisturizer, though, does not clog your pores and it does not make your skin breakout while still being an effective dark spot corrector. That makes it worth the price in my book. Just don't expect this product to completely get rid of all of your acne scars, it is a moisturizing cream, not a miracle worker.
If you have oily skin, this is actually a good product for you as it can reduce the oiliness to your face. Plus when you wake up in the morning your skin feels as soft as a baby’s bottom. And it is 99% natural and environmentally friendly, unlike the majority of similar products out there. What more could you ask for?
As far as reducing fine lines and wrinkles, I have not noticed a difference. However, I look a lot younger than I really am and don’t, as of yet (thankfully), have a lot of wrinkles or fine lines. So I probably wouldn’t notice a difference, but you may.
What kind of person would I be if I didn’t include the cons as well? For starters, the name of this product is excessively long. I think they could shorten that a bit.
On a more serious note, Burt’s Bees product is a moisturizer by name, but as far as I can tell, it doesn’t actually moisturize your face that well. The plus of that is it doesn’t make your face look greasy. I won't say that it doesn't moisturize your face at all, as it definitely helps retain moisture in your skin and your skin won’t dry out, but as far as traditional moisturizers go it doesn’t measure up. It may make your skin feel super soft, but if your skin is dried out because of the wind, being out in the sun for too long, or because it is winter, I wouldn’t turn to this product to help you. Or it could just be that my skin is too sensitive to notice a difference.
This product does exactly as it says, it lightens your face and fades discolorations. However, it does this by whitening your face. If you have freckles, that means this product will start to bleach out your freckles. While some people hate their freckles, I don't. As a natural redhead, red hair and freckles kind of go hand in hand and I think they give my face character. But I have noticed they have started to fade a little bit since I started using this product, which could be a good thing for you or a bad thing. If you have darker skin, this product could potentially wash out your natural skin tone.
I also wouldn't suggest wearing this product alone, because there is no SPF in it and lemon can make your skin sensitive to the sun. Considering the sun causes 80% of aging, though, everyone should wear some sort of sunscreen when going out and about.
If you have sensitive skin like I do, then this product does not get rid of all of the redness on your face, especially in your t-zone. It will need to be used in conjunction with a toner, or makeup must be used to completely even out your skin tone.
In conclusion, I would definitely recommend this product. It fades discolorations, evens out your skin tone, brightens your face and makes your skin feel super soft and it does all of this for a great price. You are not going to find a better product for a cheaper price. Plus this company is environmentally friendly and only uses sustainable natural products, which is all the more reason why you should try this product.
Obviously, as a disclaimer, I cannot guarantee these results for everyone. It worked for me, that doesn't mean it'll work for everyone.