{skin care talk}

Thursday, September 23, 2010

I am always looking for quality skin care. When I find something I like or am thinking of trying, you know I have to share the details with you.

My skin changes along with the seasons. Something that may have worked well for me in warm, humid weather may not work as well when it gets cooler and dry. Sometimes--and I think you all have experience this as well--products just seem to not work as well after long term use. This is not always the case, but at times it certainly feels that way.

So I am here to tell you after 3+ good months of use to tell you about some of my favorite products at the moment.



I would like to tell you my thoughts on Burt's Bees Naturally Ageless Line Smoothing Eye Creme:

I love, love, love this product.
 
If you are at all sensitive to scents, this one you may want to bypass. It has a very subtle floral aroma. I wish Burt's would eliminate any type of unnecessary fragrance, but I am thankful that this recipe doesn't bother me at all. In fact, the fragrance issue is pretty much my one and only pet peeve about Burt's Bees. I do not understand why they continue to put fragrance in everything.

This is a light, semi-cooling eye cream. I can feel it soothe the under eye area. It absorbs right in without leaving a greasy residue, yet it really moisturizes. It contains natural ingredients such as horse chestnut, sunflower oil, olive oil, magnolia bark, pomegranate, evening primrose oil, and more. I really like this one, especially at night.
 
I really feel that this cream is perfect at night because of the line filling and hydration aspects. While I love this for night time wear, I do use the Radiance Eye Cream, also by Burt's Bees, in the morning. This one has mica which helps reduce the look of shadows and circles--and the Radiance eye cream works so well under makeup.
 
This one, though, is perfect at night. At night, I use the Naturally Ageless Serum, this eye cream, and the Beeswax Night Creme. It is just what my skin loves!
 
 
 
Here are my thoughts on the Naturally Ageless Serum
 
This product really exceed my expectations.
 
It is all-natural and just makes my skin feel like silk. You'll find rosehip seed and jojoba as the first two ingredients, followed by so many other wonderful nutrients for the skin. There is antioxidant green tea, calendula, wheat germ oil, and an ingredient I love for skin care--Bulgarian rose oil. This is just lovely. You only need one small drop and it just feels so wonderful. When I am more oily, I use this alone at night rather than following with a cream. Otherwise, I do use this followed by the Beeswax Night Creme.
 
The serum retails for $25 and can be found for less with coupons of via eBay.
 
 
 
Speaking of the night cream, here is what I'd like to tell you about Beeswax Night Creme:
Even though it is called a night "cream", it is not your typical cream. I would consider this to be a lightweight balm. I had never thought to try this. I like beeswax in skin care, but it can be a bit too much at times. I started using this in June. Even though many of our summer days were hot and humid and my skin was more oily than dry, I decided to try it because of some reviews on the Burt's Bees site. I saw such stellar reviews that I knew I had to order it.
 
I am really happy that I tried this. Even though the glass jar is small--one ounce--this little gem lasts quite a bit longer than a typical 1.7 ounce cream. It is very concentrated. I apply a pea-sized amount to my index finger and soften with my other index finger. I then very gently apply it to my skin, gliding gently outward & upward. I use it on my cheeks, nose, chin and neck. I have been using this faithfully over my serum (Naturally Ageless from Burt's) and I am really quite impressed.
 
I have had my jar for 3 months and have half left. This is a bargain! It retails for $15, but you can find it for less.
In a time where we are constantly told by the makers of high end skin care that we need to buy the latest product with the latest "it" ingredients to stay looking good, I really and truly believe in treating our skin with love and proper ingredients. If we cut back on the fillers and the toxins, our skin will reflect the healthier choices, just as it does when we eat well.
 
My skin is drier now and this works well. In the summer, though, My skin is not oily,  it would have been considered combination. Using this did not break me out at all. In the sticky heat and humidity, it just made my skin feel soft and loved. It has the same effect now. It really is a simple cream, but it is beautiful and effective, nonetheless.


Notes:
I have been using Burt's Bees Radiance Facial Cleanser for many months now and reviewed it here. I found that twice a day was a bit much with the natuiral fruit acids in it, so I use Aunt Nancy's Handmade Soap in Carrot and Goat's Milk in the morning. At night, I double cleanse. First I use a cleansing oil to remove my makeup and then I use the Burt's Bees Cleanser.



I am finishing my Avon Ultimate Age Repair Day Cream SPF 25. While I have liked it, I am not 100% in love with the ingredients. Even though it is paraben free, I do not feel comfortable using it for years and years. I am also nearing the end of my bottle of Thayer's Alcohol Free Rosewater Witch Hazel, which I use for my toner. 



I placed an order with Angela at Solstice Scents hoping her handmade creations will be able to replace those two items. I ordered her Rosemilk Day Cream (just $7.50) and her Botanical Toner for Dry/Normal/Mature Skin ($7.99). I am looking forward to trying both and returning soon to review them!

*I did not receive compensation of any kind for my review. I am in no way affiliated with the brands listed above and all products mentioned were purchased by me.
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