This fragrance-free moisturizer contains mostly natural ingredients, and given that this product is meant for those with sensitive skin, we're glad Burt's Bees left out the problematic plant extracts and fragrant oils they usually use, which aren't good for anyone's skin but especially not sensitive skin. Instead, skin is treated to a thick-textured cream rich in non-fragrant plant oil and a rather high amount of zinc oxide.
In addition to functioning as a sunscreen (though this product does not have an SPF rating and skin doesn't need sun protection at night), zinc oxide also functions as a skin protectant (it's the active ingredient in most diaper rash creams because of the strong barrier properties it has). That can be helpful for sensitive skin, but the drawback is zinc oxide can feel too heavy and occlusive—and there are other soothing, protective ingredients that help sensitive skin. Still, if you have sensitive, dry skin, you'll likely find the texture of this product acceptable.
The plant extracts this contains function as antioxidants and some have research pertaining to their anti-inflammatory properties, but it's disappointing that this moisturizer is packaged in a jar because it means the helpful plant ingredients won't remain stable during use (see More Info for details). Note that Burt's Bees Sensitive Daily Moisturizing Cream has a very similar formula and it has packaging that keeps the plant ingredients stable (and it's just fine to use at night, even though it's not labeled "night cream").
- Gentle, fragrance-free formula.
- Contains some good soothing and protective ingredients.
- Jar packaging won't keep the many plant ingredients stable once it's opened.
The fact that this night cream is packaged in a jar means the beneficial ingredients won't remain stable once it is opened. All plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air, so once a jar is opened and lets the air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate. Jars also are unsanitary because you're dipping your fingers into them with each use, adding bacteria which further deteriorate the beneficial ingredients (Sources: Free Radical Biology and Medicine, September 2007, pages 818–829; Ageing Research Reviews, December 2007, pages 271–288; Dermatologic Therapy, September-October 2007, pages 314–321; International Journal of Pharmaceutics, June 12, 2005, pages 197–203; Pharmaceutical Development and Technology, January 2002, pages 1–32; International Society for Horticultural Science, www.actahort.org/members/showpdf?booknrarnr=778_5; Beautypackaging.com; and www.beautypackaging.com/articles/2007/03/airless-packaging.php).