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Burt's Bees

Restoring Antioxidant Face Mask with Green Tea

2.50 fl. oz. for $ 14.99
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Burt’s Bees’ Restoring Antioxidant Face Mask with Green Tea is a soothing overnight treatment that gets a lot right – but a couple of foibles mean it’s not quite among the ranks of the best-of-the-best.

Packaged in an opaque squeeze tube that protects its beneficial ingredients from light and air, this mask has a light cream texture that’s best for normal skin (it’s not quite hydrating enough for dry skin and is a bit too emollient for oily or combination skin). You’re instructed to apply a thin layer, let it sit for 10 minutes, then tissue off the excess and leave the rest of the mask on overnight. We agree with the assessment to only use a thin layer – if you go too thick on this, you’ll have to wipe off quite a bit, as it doesn’t absorb very quickly. In this case, less is definitely more!

The ingredients that make up this mask are largely beneficial, including non-fragrant plant oils like castor seed, coconut, avocado, and soybean. All these have pollution-fighting antioxidant benefit, as do some of the non-fragrant extracts also in the mix. Still, given that this is listed as an antioxidant-rich mask specifically designed to defend against environmental assault, we’d prefer to see the antioxidants (including forms of vitamins E and C) higher on the list.

Another issue is that this contains fragrant clary extract alongside the fragrance ingredient linalool, which pose a risk of skin irritation. They’re not prominent (we didn’t notice a strong scent), but fragrance-free is always best.

That said, this is still a good, reasonably priced mask to help plump and boost skin’s health while you’re sleeping.

Pros:
  • Light cream texture is hydrating for normal skin.
  • Includes several beneficial, non-fragrant plant oils and extracts.
  • Packaged to protect its light- and air-sensitive ingredients.
Cons:
  • Isn’t quite as antioxidant-packed as the name implies.
  • Contains the fragrance ingredient linalool and fragrant clary extract, which poses a risk of irritation.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

Replenish skin with a boost of antioxidants know to fight the effects of environmental pollution.

Water, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Propanediol, Beeswax, Stearic Acid, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Wax, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Polymnia Sonchifolia Root Juice, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Xanthan Gum, Lecithin, Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide, Sodium PCA, Potassium Stearate, Zinc PCA, Maltodextrin, Tocopherol, Lactobacillus, Sodium Phylate, Ascorbic Acid, Citric Acid, Fragrance, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Linalool.

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. 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 ofsee our individual reviews on Burts 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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