Friday, May 31, 2013

Review - Burt's Bees Intense Hydration Cream Cleanser

**all items purchased by me

It's been quite a while since I've reviewed any skincare item so I thought today I would - especially since last night I made my final decision on if I like it or not.

I purchased the Burt's Bees Intense Hydration Cream Cleanser with Clary Sage way back in January and have been using it off and on ever since then with mixed feelings.  I bought this hydrating cleanser because I had read that a cause of skin breaking out could be from the skin actually being too dry, and at the start of the year my skin was dry (underneath the sheen of oil).
The tube claims:
  • intensely hydrates dry skin
  • removes dirt, oil and make-up
  • with probiotic technology
Firstly, in my opinion this cleanser does not work with the Clarisonic.  I decided that rather quickly.  Up until this month (May), I've been using this on nights I did not use the Clarisonic.  But even then I wasn't all that thrilled with it.  I've now got this tube parked in my shower to use when I am not wearing makeup, so this is currently getting more use when I take my shower in the middle afternoon - and then at night I just freshen up with a toner.

Next, do I think it "intensely hydrates?"  No.  I do not.  When I use this, my skin feels immediately too tight, almost itchy tight, for about 10 minutes.  I have to immediately follow this with either moisturizer or Argan oil.

The next claim is to remove dirt, oil and make-up.  That's a important claim for me since I wear so much makeup whenever I leave the house (beauty blogger, here).  I think it does help wash away oil (but doesn't help control it for later in the day).  As far as make-up, I have to say this does not work that well.  I used this yesterday in the shower when I had on make-up (no eyeliner or mascara though) and noticed after my shower that I still had smeared concealer on my inner corners.  And then that concealer was harder to get off than normal.

As far as the probiotic technology, I have no idea what that means.

To sum up, this does not hydrate - it over dries on me - and it does not remove all makeup.  For now, it will continue to live in my shower, not getting used often.  It will stay there until either I'm sick of feeling over-dried or the Mister needs a new cleanser, whichever comes first.  While I don't hate this cleanser, I certainly don't love it.

I'm still on the hunt for my "perfect" night-time cleanser for nights I'm not using my Clarisonic.  Those nights I'm using a cleanser from Neutrogena.  Through all my cleanser tries, I've discovered that cream products don't work well for me, or I haven't found one that does.  And sometimes even Cetaphil cleanser is drying.  So basically, if a product says it won't overdry skin, it most likely will dry mine out.  Talk about picky skin, huh?

What's your favorite cleanser?  I'm open to suggestions.

**all items purchased by me
**my opinions are my own
**not sponsored/affiliated

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