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Brightening Dark Spot Corrector
Rating
1 fl. oz. for $20
Last Updated:03.16.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Here's another Burt's Bees product claiming to brighten skin with the help of daisy flower extract. The company claims this extract can help fade hyperpigmentation in eight weeks. While daisy flower extract has been clinically proven to have some wound-healing properties, there simply is not enough independent research about its ability to help with skin discolorations the way that ingredients like licorice extract, vitamin C, niacinamide, arbutin, and hydroquinone can. (Hydroquinone is the gold standard in fading dark spots.) It is also important to note that daisy extract can be an allergen if you are prone to hay fever!

Daisy extract aside, this is not a good choice when it comes to eliminating dark spots. It contains peppermint leaf extract, mint balm, and lemon and orange extracts, all of which serve only to irritate and damage skin, which is the last thing you need when it comes to treating dark spots and helping skin heal from sun damage. See More Info for details on the damage fragrance and irritation can do to your skin.

While it's true that vitamin C can be helpful in fading dark spots, the amount present in citrus fruit isn't enough to actually lighten skin—you want the pure stuff, such as ascorbic acid and magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, and that's what the research shows. Even if citrus could lighten dark spots, there are much better and gentler ways to "get C" than making your face suffer through this misguided "fruit salad" formula.

Just walk away from this one, and check out our list of Best Skin-Lightening Products for far superior options.

Pros:
  • None.
Cons:
  • Contains a number of fragrant plants extracts, such as peppermint, lemon, and orange, which serve to irritate and damage skin.
  • Daisy extract lacks compelling research proving it can lighten discolorations.
More Info:

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).

Claims

Let your natural beauty shine through with a little help from the humble daisy. 80% of women saw diminished appearance of dark spots and discoloration after using Burt's Bees clinically proven Brightening Dark Spot Corrector.

Ingredients

Aqua (Water, Eau), Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Bellis Perennis (Daisy) Flower Extract, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Leaf Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Primula Veris Extract, Alchemilla Vulgaris Extract, Veronica Officinalis Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane, Extrait De Canne Á Sucre) Extract, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Lactobacillus/Dipteryx Odorata Seed Ferment Filtrate, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Amorphophallus Konjac Root Powder, Leucojum Aestivum Bulb Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Emblica Officinalis Fruit Powder, Caprylyl/Capryl Wheat Bran/Straw Glycosides, Fusel Wheat Bran/Straw Glycosides, Maltodextrin, Arginine, Alcohol Denat., Alcohol, Phenethyl Alcohol, Sucrose, Parfum (Fragrance), Polyglyceryl-5 Oleate, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Glyceryl Laurate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Citral, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool

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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