Here's yet another moisturizer with a mixed message claiming its botanical extracts are just what your skin needs to look and feel better - but in this case, a lot of what's "natural" about this cream is also not good for your skin, further proof that natural isn't automatically better or safer for skin! But first understand that the Burt's Bees line is decidedly not "all-natural," as is the case with this product.
This moisturizer is claimed to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, but it contains fragrant plant ingredients that can actually damage skin and impair its ability to heal. Of major concern are the citrus extracts, which can be phototoxic, meaning they can cause a reaction on skin that's exposed to sunlight (Source: www.naturaldatabase.com).
Ingredients that hurt your skin are the opposite of anti-aging helpers, no matter how many times Burt's Bees announces they're "botanical!" See More Info for details on why these kinds of ingredients should not be a part of your daily skin-care routine!
The "star" ingredient in this cream is daisy flower extract, which is supposed to fade dark spots. While there is some research showing that this extract does have wound-healing properties, when tested on animals (Source: Pharmaceutical Biology, August 2012, pages 1031 - 1037), there is little independent study pointing to its effectiveness in treating hyperpigmentation. We do know that this plant extract can cause an allergic reaction in people sensitive to ragweed and marigold (Source: naturaldatabase.com).
This product also contains plant extracts, such as sugar cane and maple syrup, which are supposed to be associated with AHAs such as glycolic acid. However, using the plant extract in this case, especially in such minute amounts, does not resemble or provide the benefit of AHAs. It'd be like thinking that because paper is derived from trees you can write a letter on tree bark; you want the actual paper, just like you want the actual effective AHA ingredient.
This does contain some great, antioxidant-rich emollient ingredients, such as olive oil and grape seed oil, and it is packaged in a pump container that keeps the good ingredients protected from light and air. Still, this ends up being a moisturizer with claims on the packaging that are much more impressive than what is actually inside.
- Contains some good emollient ingredients that will make skin feel moisturized.
- Pump container will keep the beneficial light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable.
- Contains fragrant plant ingredients, which can be damaging to skin.
- Contains a small amount of alcohol, which could pose further risk of irritation.
Fragrance in Skin Care: Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin's ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types. If fragrance in your skin-care products is important to you, it should be a very low amount to minimize the risk to your skin (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135, and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).