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.
- 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.
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.)