I make no secret of my love for Burt's Bees. I post about their lip products on here all the time (and despite the fact that the company has sent me literally every color that they make, I'm still buying new ones all the time. Why? So I have them everywhere. I will not run out of the Apricot and Peony lip shimmers!)
So, you know when something new showed up in the big Burt's Bees area at my local Walmart (yes, I shop there all the time, I could walk to it from my house it is so close), I noticed right away. Hmmm.... what's this new stuff here right in the middle??
I've been really curious about these products, especially the day lotion with sunscreen. They're right there. Right in the middle of the display, under my beloved Burt's Bees lippies. So, when they asked if I would go buy some and write about using them as part of their 28 Day Face Cleanse Challenge, I pretty much ran to my local store to pick up a few of the products. There is also a night cream, eye cream and firming serum. I bought the cleanser and day lotion.
Renewal Firming Day Lotion with SPF 30
I recommend using a daily light sunscreen every day, but there actually aren't that many out there that I like, and most are at a higher price point. In addition, most lotions only have SPF 15, and usually the sunscreen is chemical, rather than physical.
Not the case here! SPF 30!
And yes, full UV spectrum protection, SPF 30.
What is so special about these products? Per Burt's Bees:
"Our Hibiscus and Apple Rejuvenating Complex, infused with wrinkle smoothing White Hibiscus and intensively hydrating Apple, locks moisture inside the skin to plump up cells and help visibly tighten the skin’s surface. The look of wrinkles is diminished and skin appears smoother and firmer."
I do have to say that only retinoids have been found to reverse wrinkles, but Hibiscus is an anti-oxidant that really helps counteract UV damage in the skin (reference), has anti-cancer activity (reference), and helps with wound healing (reference). The "Apple Rejuvenating Complex" is an extract of apples, which does have some anti-oxidant activity (though not as much as other juices such as pomegranate) and naturally occurring alpha hydroxy acids.
I've used the lotion a few times already, and it is nicely hydrating but sinks in to my skin quickly. Perfect for under makeup!
Renewal Refining Cleanser
This is where I admit that I have a "thing" for cleansers. I seem to collect them, forever in the hunt for my new favorite. I have 3 next to my bathroom sink as I write this and a few more in my shower.
This cleanser is said to be hydrating and gently exfoliating, both of which really appealed to me. I've used it a few days, and it is very hydrating for a cleanser and easy to rinse off, which I loved. I'm on the fence about the grit in the cleanser, meant to help exfoliate the skin. It's a bit larger than I'm used to with cleansers, but as long as it is used gently (rather than with a deep cleansing brush like Clarisonic), I think it is fine.
Here I am, sans makeup (and after a long night with the baby, so be kind!) before starting my 28 Day Challenge. I'll post an update in a few weeks over on social media.
If you want to join me and try out a few of the products too, here's a coupon to get started!