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Radiance Serum with Royal Jelly
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0.45 fl. oz. for $18
Last Updated:05.24.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This bare-bones serum is practically all about royal jelly. We have no idea why royal jelly still gets the occasional promotion in skin-care products, but it does, despite there being no research showing it has special benefit for skin (but, then, that has never stopped the cosmetics industry before).

We suspect Burt's Bees includes royal jelly because of its association with the "bees" in the company name, and because it is naturally secreted by honeybees and used for nourishment. But, none of that has anything to do with good skin care, just good marketing.

Even if royal jelly were a proven nutritional powerhouse for skin, you shouldn't ignore the fact that this serum contains a potentially irritating amount of alcohol; in fact, there's more alcohol present than the played-up royal jelly! This serum isn't worth your time or money. Please see More Info for details on why the irritation alcohol causes is a problem for all skin types.

Pros:
  • Fragrance-free.
Cons:
  • Alcohol is one of the main ingredients, and it is known to cause irritation that hurts skin's ability to look and act younger.
  • For a serum, this lacks an impressive blend of proven antiwrinkle ingredients.

More Info:

Irritation, whether you see it on the surface of your skin or not, causes inflammation and as a result impairs healing, damages collagen, and depletes the vital substances your skin needs to stay young. For this reason, it is best to eliminate, or minimize as much as possible, your exposure to known skin irritants, especially when there are brilliant formulas available that do not include these types of problematic ingredients (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.)

Claims

Get a more radiant complexion in just 4 weeks! This clinically tested serum combines royal jelly, licorice root extract and glycerin to bring out skin’s natural radiance. These ingredients increase moisturization by 15% in only 2 weeks, while nourishing skin with 134 nutrients including vitamins A, C, D and K, minerals and 17 amino acids. In 4 weeks, you’ll notice your skin becoming more even toned. The result is more radiant beautiful looking skin, naturally.

Ingredients

Water, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat., Royal Jelly, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Glucose, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Chloride, Glucose Oxidase, Lactoperoxidase, Caramel

Brand Overview

Strengths: Inexpensive.

Weaknesses: Many products have potent fragranced formulas; several formulas packaged in jars, which compromises their ingredients.

With humble beginnings in the town of Bangor, Maine, Burt's Bees is a brand focused on natural-themed, earth-friendly skincare. Unfortunately, in many cases, this also translates to less than beneficial formulas as not all of the natural ingredients used are helpful for skin.

Many of the plant extracts and oils used in these products, including orange oil, cinnamon oil, clove oil, lemon oil, eucalyptus oil, pine tar, alcohol, lime oil, and balsam peru, are problematic for skin and present a significant risk of irritation or a sensitizing reaction. Both the intriguing philosophy and inexpensive products are attractive, but it takes more than that to establish reliable products that are good for skin. It’s also important to consider the potential benefit (or potential harm) of the ingredients used.

There are some formulas to consider among the brand’s offerings, but some to be wary of—see our individual reviews on Burt’s Bees products for more details.

For more information about Burt's Bees, call 1-800-849-7112 or visit www.burtsbees.com.

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