Tag: moisturizer

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Burt’s Bees Natural Skin Solutions for Sensitive Skin Review

Mar

Product Review

Burt’s Bees Natural Skin Solutions for Sensitive Skin

Burt's Bees

The Moisturizer and Cleanser

So I received a kit to review the Natural Skin Solutions for Sensitive Skin  moisturizer and cleanser from Burt’s Bees.  The letter that came with the kit says:

“It puts an end to redness and over drying with gentle, natural ingredients including Cotton Extract to soften, Rice Extract to moisturize and Aloe to soothe”

I am sometimes wary about “natural” products, but Burt’s Bees is a line I trust; I like quite a few of their products (especially their Tinted Lip Balm and Baby Bee Nourishing Baby Oil).  The Facial Cleanser is a soap-free one that is supposed to moisturize sensitive skin while gently cleansing it without over-drying or causing redness or irritation.  It also contains Quillaja (an extract from soap bark trees) to provide natural foaming lather; and Yucca (a desert plant high in saponins, which are traditional cleansing agents.  The Daily Moisturizer is a day cream that is meant to provide nourishing moisture to sensitive skin without causing redness or irritation, and is labeled as non-comedogenic.  It also contains the rice extract and aloe.

First Impressions

so I put a bit of moisturizer on my hand, and the texture was smooth and blended easily.  I liked the fact that they basically smelled like nothing.  One thing that I did not like right away was the disproportionate package sizes.  The cleanser is 170g and the moisturizer is only 50g.  So you will probably have to buy about two packages of moisturizer for every tube of cleanser.  I was also a little bit put off that they had a separate box for the moisturizer.  It seemed a bit superfluous.  I don’t really like excess packaging.  I did like the packaging choices of a tube for the cleanser and the pump for the moisturizer.  It made them both easy to apply!  One caveat – the pump puts out too much product,  use only half a pump.

Cleanser and Moisturizer

The Moisturizer is on the Left, Cleanser on the Right

Using the Product

Unfortunately, these products just did not work for me.  I think it has something to do with the cotton extract.  I had a similar reaction to the Ultra Comforting Organic Cotton line from L’Occitane which is also supposed to be a great product for sensitive skin,  just not mine.

Cleanser

The cleanser I didn’t really like.  It made my skin kind of itchy.  It is a weird putty colour, and is almost the consistency of putty.   It is very thick, and I found I needed to rinse A LOT to get it all off.  I also had to rub my face, which I don’t think is suitable for sensitive skin.  I usually prefer a sudsy cleanser (which I know is not the best for sensitive skin, but I like the feel of it!) and this one is very creamy.  Just not my taste.

Burt’s Bees Sensitve Facial Cleanser

Moisturizer

The moisturizer is nice (even though I had a reaction to it!).  it is silky smooth, bright white and absorbs quickly.  Perfect for applying makeup over it in the morning.  Skin feels nice afterwards, but it did not get rid of my dry patches.  I think this would be better for normal to normal-oily skin, as I just didn’t feel it moisturized my dry skin enough.

Burt’s Bees Sensitive Daily Moisturizing Cream

Overall

Unfortunately, when it comes to sensitive skin you need to go through a lot of trial and error.  You just can’t please everyone, since their sensitive skin can be caused by an infinite number of reasons.  This product line just did not work for me.  It caused my skin to get red and itchy, and I even ended up with a few blemishes and dry patches.  That being said,  I think if you have sensitive skin, you should feel free to try it out.  What works for me might work for you.  For example,  I prefer a foaming type of facial cleanser but if you like creamy cleansers, this might be the perfect product for you.  I think I am sensitive to cotton in my products, but maybe you won’t be.I do like the silky texture of the moisturizer, the fact that it is fragrance free, and that it was fast absorbing and non greasy.  The line also has Burt’s Bees Sensitive Eye Cream and Burt’s Bees Sensitive Night Cream (which I did not get to try).  So if you are still searching for the right sensitive skin line for you,  this could be one you can try out.

Some more info from Burt’s Bees on their line:

“The folk’s at Burt’s Bees have formulated their new Natural Skin Solutions for Sensitive Skin line with Cotton Extract because its gentle touch is perfect for sensitive skin.  It includes seven “oligosaccharides.” or sugars, that help support the skin barrier, reduce the appearance of skin redness and promote the production of keratin.  Keratin is actually the key material making up the outer layer of skin, and it gives skin its strength, flexibility and water retaining capabilities.  It also helps carry moisture where it’s most needed….. it can provide all kinds of benefits including:

  • Moisturizing the skin
  • Increasing the softness and suppleness of skin
  • Supporting the skin’s barrier function
  • Helping to maintain skin’s natural moisture
  • Helping to even out skin tone.”

 

 

Disclosure: I received a sample of this product to provide a review.  It in no way affected my review, and this review is honest and true to me – Sarah

I received a product sample, coupon, collateral or other special premium from BzzAgent.

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Look Younger Tips from Around the World

Feb

On the Today Show, February 23, 2012, celeb nutritionist Cynthia Pasquella shared her favourite Looking Younger Tips from around the world. While these tips come from exotic locales such as India, Brazil and France; many of these aging fighters could be found right in your own kitchen!  So here is a list of things that, at least according to old wives’ tales, may help you defy age.

Tip 1: Coconut oil

Coconut oil is an awesome moisturizer, full of fatty acids.  But it can also be used as a deep cleanser for skin. as it contains natural antibacterial ingredients which can clear up acne. The women in Belize have long used it to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, as well as soften dry skin. Coconut oil also acts as a natural sunscreen, protecting skin even further. Ingesting this amazing food improves circulation in the skin, restores elasticity and may even banish under-eye circles.

You can get unrefined, organic coconut oil from health food stores. Try Dr. Bronner’s Fresh-Pressed Virgin Coconut Oil .

Tip 2: Noni juice

From Polynesia, the Polynesians use Noni Juice for its powerful anti-aging properties to help them feel younger and make skin glow. Because it is full of essential fatty acids, it can help plump the skin. Noni juice may also help lower inflammation throughout your body.

You can try Lakewood Pure Noni Juice in stores and online.

Tip 3: Ginger

Because of the anti-oxidant gingeral, it improves blood flow to the skin.  Its very popular throughout many Asian countries, and especially in India.  In India, many women often make a tea in the  morning by shredding a little ginger and mix it with a spoonful of honey in hot water.

Most grocery stores will carry whole ginger roots you can grate yourself.

Tip 4: Guanábana

The Guanábana, also known as Soursop,  is a fruit native to the Caribbean and South America. It used to support health and well being in many countries and is known for its nourishing benefits. Guanábana contains a healthful blend of nutrients that may help promote more beautiful skin; including vitamins B and C, which help boost immunity and nourish the skin.

Since the actual fruit may be hard to locate, if you’d like to give guanábana a try, you can buy Borba Slimming Chocolate Chews or Borba Smart and Sexy Omega 3 Bursts.  Cynthia says the chews “it tastes like a tootsie roll and it has fiber in it to curb your cravings.”

Tip 5: Black cumin seeds

Native to south and southwest Asia, black cumin seeds are known as a powerful antioxidant. They’re beneficial for strengthening hair and nails. They may treat skin conditions like  acne and eczema. Cynthia says she munches on these seeds all the time.  She says You can cook with them, buy the oil or buy them in capsuls. She had tablets from Intelligent Nutrients called Intellimune. She states that ” eating four of these little tablets is equal to eating ten pounds of berries for anti-oxidants”. The seeds themselves contain a rich variety of vitamins including A, B1, B2, B6, C and Niacin, as well as an assortment of minerals including calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, selenium, copper, phosphorus and zinc.

Intelligent Nutrients Certified Organic Intellimune Tablets.

Tip 6: Grape-seed extract

French women are often known for their incredible, glowing skin.  Some attribute that to their consumption of wine.  French women regularly use grape-seed extract to keep their skin ageless and beautiful. Grape-seed extract contains the powerful antioxidant resveratrol.  One would need to eat a pound and a half of grapes to get the same the antioxidant benefits you would get from a supplement.  She suggested:

Murad’s Youth Builder Dietary Supplement contains grape-seed extract.

Cynthia also recommended drinking water to flush out the toxins and plump up the skin.  Always good advice!

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