Snoozing away dry skin with Burt’s Bees

What it is: Burt’s Bees Beeswax Moisturising Night Cream

The basics: Okay, how cute is that little pot? I love the simplicity of this packaging, even though it is a pot. (My solution? A cosmetic spatula and a separate, smaller jar.) What’s really nifty about this product is that it literally melts into your skin — I had a dollop of this on my fingertips in my steamy-from-a-shower bathroom, and it turned to oil before my eyes! (I’m blamin’ the almond oil base.) Because of this, it spreads and soaks in like a dream.

The downside of this is that it smells quite strongly, and I just can’t get over it. Don’t let that put you off it completely, though; my friend adores the scent!

The moisture factor: I tried this out during the winter, and with my super-dry skin, my skin was always incredibly soft and hydrated when I woke up in the morning. Sure, it makes me shiny as heck, but it’s a night cream — that’s practically expected! Since then, I’ve moved it into my backup storage; with summer coming I know I won’t need this much moisture every night… and I want to make sure I have enough of it for next winter, because my skin needs this like I need chocolate.

The ingredients:

prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, water, beeswax, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, kaolin, citrus grandis (grapefruit) seed extract, chondrus crispus (carrageenan) extract, fragrance, glucose, glucose oxidase, lactoperoxidase, tocopherol, sodium borate

The verdict? I strongly recommend this, but not for everyone — if your skin is anything but very dry, I have a feeling you’ll hate how heavy this is. (Trust me, it is heavy!) However, if you’re at your wits’ end trying to find a super-moisturising (silicone free!) moisturiser for your dry skin (even if it’s not on your face,) this is definitely worth checking out.

Holy cripes. That paragraph had way too many bracketed tidbits.

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  • Jennifer

    I have read that beeswax on your skin should be avoided for the same reasons as silicone. What are your thoughts on this?

    • Hi Jennifer,

      Could you clarify what you mean by "for the same reasons"? I personally avoid 'cones because I find they make my skin break out, but I know some people avoid them for other reasons, too – wanting to only use naturally-derived oils and waxes, for instance.

      In terms of avoiding beeswax for breakouts, though, I think it's something you'd have to test out for yourself. My skin hates silicones, but it's completely fine with beeswax! I haven't read anything that provides cold, hard facts pointing to beeswax and silicone sensitivities being related, so I think at this point, I'd just recommend that you test both the ingredients separately to see what they do to your skin.

      Hope that helps! :)

  • Jennifer… I read about it in this post. Since your skin reacts completely differently to the two, I suppose it's different for everyone. I have been trying to figure out what is causing my own acne lately. I'm 25, and for years my skin was clear. For a year I've had breakouts I've considered hormonal acne. Skin is so complicated though. I'm willing to try anything that could actually help. So now I'm considering giving up dairy, and I thought maybe silicone too might be a problem.

    Thank you for your help, and thanks for listening :)

    • Hmm. I don't personally agree with everything in the Viva Woman post – I'm sure it works well for her, but skin is all just so different! I've never been in support of the whole anti-mineral oil, anti-petroleum movement, for instance; if you're avoiding them because of the environmental costs, I can understand that, but… skin doesn't actually breathe.

      (Shocker, I know! :p)

      Seriously, though. Your skin is a thick, relatively tough, mainly impermeable membrane — it's designed to keep your body separate from the outside world, not to "release toxins" or "absorb nutrients." Things like silicones and beeswax might irritate the skin, and in some cases, it can clog pores (basically creating tiny little bacteria incubators if you don't un-clog them, eg. with a good facial cleanser and makeup remover), but… yeah, your skin doesn't actually breathe, or produce toxins, or anything along those lines. When you start hearing people use "let your skin breathe" and they don't mean it metaphorically, chime the alarms!

      Anyhow, I'll get off my soapbox now :D My advice for everyone is just to keep a really open mind; try out different "skin diets" to see how they work for your skin, and give them time to make changes before judging them. (I like to wait three weeks, optimally, but I'll pull out all the stops if I break out really badly for a week straight right off the bat!) I think it's really easy for us to go out looking for a "quick fix," but at the end of the day, what works for person A isn't guaranteed to work for person B.

      Oh, and one more thing before I stop yammering on! I'd definitely recommend trying to change your skincare routine before changing up your diet. It's harder to begin with, of course, but SO much easier to keep up in the long run! Better for your bones, too ;)

      Okay. Hope that all helps! Good luck with your skin, Jennifer And feel free to ask me to clarify on anything you still have questions about – I know that was a pretty roundabout way to say "keep getting your calcium and don't listen to bad science"! :P