Happy weekend friends!
I am so glad this week is over. For some reason it seemed ultra long – maybe because of our crazy weekend and not getting much rest. It’s never good to start the week already worn out. At least we were worn out from too much fun, though! Well, that and driving a million miles anyway. Oh, and pulling together hosting a dinner party in a span of about 5 hours.
Speaking of that dinner party…if you haven’t heard, the results are out for Project Food Blog round 3. Bad news, bears….at least for me. There will be no round 4 showing up on ChiaSeedMe. Of course I’m a bit disappointed, but it’s okay. Not everyone can win, right? And I’m super excited to follow along and see some amazing entries for the rest of the challenges. One last time, I have to say thank you so much for your sweet support and votes…I never would have made it as far as I did without all of you:) Love you guys!
Now, onto the review I promised you all.
As you know, about 2 months ago I started having some issues with my skin. It was not pretty.
I haven’t really had a problem with my skin since high school, and I can assure you I did not appreciate having to re-live it. I basically broke out in several areas on my face and also on my neck. I really didn’t freak out at first…I can handle having a bit of a breakout. But then it continually worsened…and worsened…and worsened. Finally it got to the point where it was very uncomfortable – painful and itchy – plus I felt very self conscious about it, not wanting to go anywhere without make-up on.
At the time I was using the Mary Kay skincare system. And no, it’s not just for older women. I know that’s what you all are thinking:)
I’d been using MK for about 5 years, and really liked it for the most part. But over the last several months, I had been feeling more and more bothered by using chemicals on my face. As I talked about in a previous post, I am so careful about what I put into my body, – why shouldn’t my face get the same consideration? So, knowing that I would probably break out if I switched up my cleanser, I decided that if I was already broken out it was as good a time as any to go ahead and make the switch. Sounds logical, right?
I decided to try Burt’s Bees Acne Solutions because it is almost 100% natural, and I have used other Burt’s Bees products in the past that I really loved. At this time I was really starting to struggle with feeling distraught over my face. It had become worse than ever…and was making me so uncomfortable, so I started researching online about natural remedies for acne. Basically I discovered that the following are things you can do to improve skin through natural means: drink tons of water, eat more raw fruits and vegetables, cut out dairy, sugar and caffeine and drink fresh juice.
I immediately made the decision to go full force with all of these things. For the next week I ate only raw (with the occasional piece of ezekiel bread) until dinnertime, drank lots of water and cut out all the potential culprits. You may not believe me, but I’m here to tell you it worked. Within about 3 days, my face was noticeably more clear. I had no way of knowing if it was solely due to those changes or if it was a result of the Burt’s Bees. Or both.
Either way, I got comfortable…and lazy. I’m not going to sugar coat it. The weekend came, my in-laws were in town, and everything went out the window. Basically, I reverted back to the way I had been eating, which is mostly healthy anyway (as you guys know), but definitely not raw until dinner. I had caffeine several times and didn’t pay much attention to my water intake.
Within about 2 days, my face was right back to the way it had been. I was so frustrated. I felt like I had let myself down big-time. I also felt pretty sure of the fact that the improvement in my skin had been mostly due to dietary changes and not the change to Burt’s Bees.
So, you’re probably thinking I went right back to my “clear skin regimen” right? Wrong.
I had to answer some serious questions for myself. Was I willing to carry on that kind of eating lifestyle long term? Was that realistic for me? Sure it was healthy. Sure it made me feel really good. Sure it probably would have even helped me let go of “the last 10 pounds.” But after some serious soul searching I decided that it wasn’t worth it. I love food too much. I love cooking meals and eating oatmeal and squash and nut butter…and I like having the freedom to enjoy these things any time during the day. Call me crazy. While I knew I could surely live that way for awhile, it just wasn’t a good long term solution for me.
So, I decided to give Burt’s Bees until the end of my current supply to see if it would start working to clear things up. I also decided, upon the suggestions of a couple of readers, that I would try replacing the BB moisturizer with coconut oil, to see if maybe I was overmedicating my face (there is salicylic acid in the BB cleanser and moisturizer). So, I did that for about 2 weeks.
Finally, the day before yesterday, I used the last bit of cleanser. Unfortunately, my face is in just as bad of shape as it was before. I really wanted to have a different outcome for this review, but it just didn’t happen. I wanted to be able to say that I used only natural means to have healthy, clear skin. And more than anything I wanted to not feel the need to put chemical laden skincare on my face. I can’t tell you how bad I want that – just ask the husband:) Poor guy.
But I honestly hit a breaking point this week. I stood in the aisle at Walgreen’s for about 20 minutes, trying to decide whether to try a different all natural system, or whether to go with something that isn’t all natural. I made the executive decision to sacrifice my desire for all natural, choosing to go with something that would really clear up my skin, a system called AcneFree. I left feeling kind of defeated honestly. But now, just 2 days later, my face has improved by about 75%, no exaggeration. It’s almost like night and day.
And then this morning came.
I noticed right after I washed my face that it was starting to sting a little bit. I decided to forgo my usual foundation in an effort to let me skin breathe. When I showed up to tutor Hey-Kyoung, she looked at me inquiringly and asked me why my face was all red. Gotta love her honesty:) I instantly yanked my mirror out of my purse, and upon gazing into it realized that my face was indeed red…and kind of splotchy. Great.
So, now the dilemma lives on. What to do? I’m considering alternating using the AcneFree system and a natural cleanser/coconut oil. Not totally sure that’s a good idea though. I should have seen this coming – going from using all natural, gentle products to a super intense product full of chemicals…it’s not wonder my poor face is reacting this way.
All that being said, I still do believe that Burt’s Bees is a good product. If you are looking for an all natural skin care system, and you aren’t having serious issues with your skin already, then I would highly suggest trying it. They have multiple different products – masks, scrubs, toners etc. My face always felt very clean and healthy (aside from the breakout) after using it. And I felt so good about using an all natural product.
The one negative is that it seemed to not last very long. For the combined cost of $28 (cleanser+moisturizer), I really would expect it to last for more than one month.
So, that is the very loooong review of the product. Sorry this post is quite the novel…but it’s been quite the process this last month! As always, I’m open to any tips or suggestions you guys have…but mostly I just wanted to give a review of the product. And if there is any question, I was not asked to do this review and have no connection to the company.
I hope you all have a lovely weekend! Get some well-deserved rest and enjoy the beautiful fall weather if you’ve got it!