Hydrating Stick With Aloe Water
Burt’s Bees Hydrating Stick With Aloe Water seems like a convenient way to hydrate on the go, but it ultimately fails in its mission to provide any sort of lasting hydration.
As the name implies, this is a stick moisturizer. It’s housed in a portable plastic, swivel-up tube. Hydrating Stick with Aloe Water is super-easy to use: just swipe it across your face and then press it into skin with your fingers to let it absorb. Its initial texture feels water-like and refreshing, and it absorbs quickly.
Unfortunately, that’s where the positive end. Within 10 minutes, skin is left feeling pretty much the same way it was before application, like you didn’t put on any moisturizer at all. Even people with oily skin who are looking for lightweight moisture will find this lacking, and it’s far from being the “dry skin solution” Burt’s Bees claims.
An analysis of the ingredient list reveals why: this is a bare-bones formula that relies mostly on aloe water to provide moisture. It contains hydrating propanediol (an ingredient similar to glycerin) but this is quickly followed by the soap-like, skin-drying sodium stearate. By the way, the name “aloe water” is a bit odd given that pure aloe straight from the plant itself contains 99% water!
Adding to that disappointment is that there are more fragrance ingredients in this stick than moisturizing ones, among them fragrance itself, plus citronellol, geraniol, and linalool, all proven to irritate skin. See More Info for details on the risks fragrance presents to skin.
- Stick is convenient and portable.
- The initial feel is refreshing.
- Lackluster formula doesn’t provide much in the way of hydration.
- Soap-like ingredient sodium stearate keeps this from maintaining hydration.
- Contains fragrance and fragrance ingredients that can irritate skin.
Why Fragrance Is a Problem for Skin: Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes a chronic sensitizing reaction on skin.
This reaction in turn leads to all kinds of problems, including disrupting skin’s barrier, worsening dryness, increasing or triggering redness, depleting vital substances in skin’s surface, and generally preventing skin from looking healthy, smooth, and hydrated. Fragrance free is always the best way to go for all skin types.
A surprising fact: Even though you can’t always see or feel the negative effects of fragrant ingredients on skin, the damage will still be taking place, even if it’s not evident on the surface. Research has demonstrated that you don’t need to see or feel the effects of irritation for your skin to be suffering. Much like the effects from cumulative sun damage, the negative impact and the visible damage from fragrance may not become apparent for a long time.
References for this information:
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Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80
Experimental Dermatology, October 2009, pages 821–832
Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008, pages 191–202
International Journal of Toxicology, Volume 27, 2008, Supplement, pages 1–43
Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446–475
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789–798
Burt's Bees Hydrating Stick provides instant hydration in the form of a stick. In as little as one swipe, skin looks soft, supple, smooth and healthy. 99% natural, this hydration stick harnesses the natural power of aloe water to provide instant moisture. This balm-like stick is an immediate solution for dry skin that glides on smoothly and absorbs quickly. The roll-up applicator makes it easy to use and it is travel-friendly, so you can stash it in your gym bag or toss it in your weekender bag without the worry of spills or leaks.
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. Its also important to consider the potential benefit (or potential harm) of the ingredients used.
There are some formulas to consider among the brands 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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