Friday, November 16, 2012

Burt's Bees Intense Hydration



I'm currently participating in the BzzAgent Burt's Bees Intense Hydration campaign. This is the perfect campaign for me and my dry skin. I received my kit about 3 weeks ago just as the dry patches that always accompany fall/winter weather were starting to appear on my skin. Game on!

The kit included 3 full size products...cleanser, night cream and mask, along with a few samples of day cream and night cream to share with friends and family. I kept one of the day cream samples to try for myself.

Intense Hydration Cream Cleanser: The first product I tried is the cream cleanser. It only takes a small amount of cleanser to cover my entire face. Although it says to avoid eye area, I'm a lazy face washer and often have just massaged the cleanser over my face and eyes to remove all my makeup in one step. This cleanser does not foam or lather. It is a bit like a cold cream but does not leave behind the residue I find cold cream does. I've used the cleanser alone, just massaging into my skin with my hands and removing with a wet washcloth as well as with my Clarisonic. Despite its non-foaming quality it works extremely well with the Clarisonic. The cleanser does a great job removing makeup. It has a pleasant orange scent that lingers just a bit after rinsing. My skin does not feel tight or stripped after cleansing but rather is soft and hydrated. I love this product, especially for this time of year.

Intense Hydration Night Cream: The night cream is very thick and comes in a nice heavy glass jar (I'm a sucker for nice packaging!) Again, a little goes a long way. Probably a pea size amount is enough to cover my face and neck. The cream soaks in immediately and does not leave a greasy residue. My skin feels so soft and comfortable. There is a slight herbal scent to the cream, I suppose that's the clary sage. I'm not a fan of this scent, however it disappears quickly and is not bothersome. Again, I really like this product. I feel I could use this product year round because it is hydrating but not heavy.

Intense Hydration Treatment Mask: I tend to gravitate to clay masks and sometimes peel off masks. Ones that deep clean and energize my skin. So I was a little dubious to try this one. The treatment mask is a thick cream that you apply to your face and let sit for 5-10 minutes before wiping off. It does not dry on your skin like a clay mask. I've used it twice so far and found it to be better than expected. It has that same herbal scent of the night cream, which I don't like, but it's livable. I find that the mask does leave my skin feeling quite clean and a bit tingly and refreshed yet still hydrated. I may like this better as we get deeper into the cold weather and my skin gets dryer. I feel this mask would be nice for a "spa day" treatment and though I may not reach for it every week, I will enjoy it for an occassional treat.

Intense Hydration Day Lotion: The sample packs provided by Bzz Agent were quite generous and I was able to get almost a week's use from the pack I tried. I enjoyed the product very much. Just like the night cream, it left my skin moisturized and soft without any greasiness. It absorbed quickly so I was able to apply makeup shortly after applying the day cream. The texture was a medium cream, not as thick as the night cream but not a thin lotion either. I don't recall it having much of a scent. The day cream did not have SPF so it probably wouldn't be my choice for a summertime day cream. But this time of year I nearly always have makeup on when I go out and I get my SPF there. I may pick up a full size of this when I finish my current day cream.

The line also includes an eye cream which I have not tried. I rarely use eye cream. Thankfully my skin is not too picky and I apply whatever cream I use on my face to the eye area as well without any problem.

I love that Burt's Bees products are pretty natural. They don't have any parabens or mineral oils. You can see full ingredients lists on their website too so you are able to do your research before you buy if chemicals are a concern for you. I would recommend this line for anyone with dry skin.

All in all I'm very happy with this entire line. I will definitely finish the products I've got and will probably purchase again when they are gone.