Although I’m a bit of a skin-care junkie, I’m particularly obsessive about facial oils—and I’m somewhat of a harsh critic. Most recently, though, it’s Burt’s Bees Complete Nourishment Facial Oil that’s made its way into my permanent collection. Which means it’s really, really good. (Because if we’re being honest, I’ve literally tried hundreds.)
And there was no better time to give a new facial oil a whirl than on my recent ski trip, where I hit the slopes of Telluride, Colorado, where the air runs extra dry and extra cold. (That’s thanks to altitudes ranging between 8,750 and 12,570 feet.) In other words: This is a place where you do not mess around with moisture (or in this case, lack thereof). Which is precisely why the Burt’s Bees Complete Nourishment Facial Oil was a practical godsend in my suitcase. It’s made with hard-core hydrators, including jojoba oil and evening primrose oil. Plus, it’s packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatories like vitamin E and rosehip seed extract to help soothe and restore the skin, which was much-appreciated after a long day hitting the trails.
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Every morning and evening, I applied the Complete Nourishment Facial Oil (under my SPF during the day), and I couldn’t believe how well my skin dealt with the change in environment. In such harsh weather conditions, I, like many people, am prone to redness, flakiness, cracked lips, and sometimes even a dryness-induced breakout or two. But this floral-scented elixir kept my skin’s texture supple and tone even. (It even kept pimples at bay, but I’m less inclined to directly attribute that to this one facial oil, as acne tends to be a puzzle with several mitigating factors. That being said, it didn’t hurt!)
At $20 a pop, it may not be the cheapest oil option out there, but its price tag is definitely smaller than its fancier counterparts, where you’ll be lucky to find something similar (that boasts the same results) under $50. And this, honest-to-the-beauty-gods, can take on those top-shelf options for efficacy. We’re not saying you have to take this down a double-black diamond slope in the French Alps to really appreciate it, but if your skin is on the dry side, I’d recommend taking it for a spin for the remainder of winter. Your soft skin will thank you.
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