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Burt’s Bee’s Renewal Firming Day Lotion SPF 30 With Stanley Levy, MD

In each issue, Practical Dermatology® magazine spotlights a new product or device that dermatologists are recommending for patients. Here, Stanley Levy, MD a dermatologist at Chapel Hill Dermatology in Chapel Hill, NC, shares his enthusiasm for Burt’s Bee’s Renewal Firming Day Lotion SPF 30, which is designed for mature skin including sensitive skin types.

What is Burt’s Bee’s Renewal Firming Day Lotion SPF 30?

Stanley Levy, MD: Burt’s Bees Renewal Firming Day Lotion SPF 30 is a broad-spectrum, mineral/inorganic sunscreen product that also combines the benefits of bakuchiol, a naturally derived retinol alternative, specifically formulated for daily photoprotection and restoration of mature/aging skin including those with sensitive skin.

What actives in Burt’s Bee’s Renewal Firming Day Lotion with SPF work synergistically?

Dr. Levy: Burt’s Bees Renewal Firming Day Lotion SPF 30 is formulated with the inorganic filter, zinc oxide, for photoprotection. In addition, natural hydrophobic occlusive ingredients such as beeswax, safflower oil, and jojoba oil are skin barrier neutral and therefore suitable for sensitive skin. The product also contains natural humectants such as glycerin, sodium pyrrolidone carboxylic acid (PCA), a component of natural moisturizing factor, and inulin, a prebiotic. A key component of this product is bakuchiol, a natural retinol alternative that helps in reducing signs of photoaging. Additionally, bakuchiol with its antioxidant properties is a useful adjunctive with sunscreen as it potentially assists with ultraviolet (UV) repair.

How does Burt’s Bee’s Renewal Firming Day Lotion with SPF stand out from other products in this category?

Dr. Levy: It can be challenging to formulate a broad-spectrum sunscreen-containing moisturizer for aging skin also suitable for sensitive skin. Organic sunscreen ingredients function solely by chemical absorption to provide photoprotection and are potential sensitizers and irritants, not optimal for sensitive skin. Burt’s Bees Renewal Firming Day Lotion SPF 30 is formulated purely with the inorganic filter, zinc oxide, more suitable for sensitive skin. Anti-aging benefits of topical bakuchiol are a feature of the product. This mineral-based sunscreen minimizes a residual white cast/residue on the skin making it suitable for all skin tones.

Which patients do you recommend Burt’s Bee’s Renewal Firming Day Lotion SPF 30 to and why?

Dr. Levy: Burt’s Bees Renewal Firming Day Lotion SPF 30 is specifically formulated for photoprotection of mature/aging skin including sensitive skin types. The product is for all consumers looking for a natural, broad-spectrum, mineral-based/inorganic sunscreen product along with retinol-like anti-aging benefits which come from bakuchiol.

What can patients expect with regular use of Burt’s Bee’s Renewal Firming Day Lotion with SPF?

Dr. Levy: Burt’s Bees Renewal Firming Day Lotion with SPF30 was tested in a clinical study on female subjects with aging and sensitive skin who used the product for six weeks. The product improved skin hydration by 21 percent without barrier disruption. Significant improvement was seen in skin retraction time consistent with improvement of skin elasticity. Dermatologists graded various skin attributes and noted significant improvement in firmness (21%), fine lines (15%), smoothness (43%), skin tone (20%), and texture (39%). No redness, dryness, peeling, or irritation was noted by the dermatologist investigator. Subject self-assessment agreed with these findings. No subjects experienced product-related adverse events. Overall, individuals can expect an improved appearance and tactile feeling to their skin along with significant photoprotection.

Do you recommend Burt’s Bee’s Renewal Firming Day Lotion with SPF with other products? If so, which ones?

Dr. Levy: While Burt’s Bees Renewal Firming Day Lotion SPF 30 is suitable for daytime use, also available with bakuchiol is Firming Moisturizing Cream for nighttime usage. The latter has been shown to increase skin moisture content and improve overall skin appearance in a 4-week clinical study. Renewal Refining Cleanser can also be added as part of a daily regimen.

New Products

Root Purifier and Strand Defender, Nutrafol

Nutrafol recently introduced its newest product, Strand Defender, which is a clinically effective, lightweight, vegan, and silicone-free conditioner with natural ingredients that proactively protects hair from damage and improves elasticity so it stays strong, smooth, and healthy. Nutrafol’s Strand Defender conditioner complements the Root Purifier shampoo, with both formulated based on the unique, biological makeup of the hair shaft and scalp microbiome, respectively. This powerful duo balances the scalp microbiome, via shampoo, for the optimal environment for healthy hair and continues to defend hair, via conditioner, once it’s left the scalp.

Prevention+ Daily Perfecting Primer and IMAGE MD Restoring Eye Masks, Image Skincare

Image Skincare Prevention+ Daily Perfecting Primer with SPF 50 is now available. The 3-in-1 primer offers sun protection, hydration, and primer. With its silica-enhanced base and lightweight but buildable formula, this primer smooths away the appearance of wrinkles and imperfections, leaving behind a touchable, matte finish on the skin. Its physician-formulated 100% mineral filters also provide broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection keeping skin safe from the sun’s harmful rays.

IMAGE MD Restoring Eye Masks are also now available. These new restoring eye masks help rejuvenate the skin, reduce puffiness, and eliminate unwanted dark circles. With a triple hyaluronic acid complex, the masks smooth, soften, and hydrate delicate skin.

Clear Skin SPF 30 Sunscreen, Proactiv

Proactiv’s new Clear Skin SPF 30 sunscreen formula provides broad-spectrum coverage from both UVA & UVB rays without clogging pores and causing breakouts. Dermatologist-developed and tested, this lightweight, non-greasy sunscreen is also designed to help control shine and leave your skin with a matte-looking finish every day. The sunscreen uses a lower concentration of sunscreen filters for less irritation and greater hydration. It’s oxybenzone-free and noncomedogenic with a weightless, matte finish so skin can breathe. The company says it works well alone or under makeup and doesn’t leave a white cast. Oil and fragrance free, the product is formulated with avobenzone, octisalate, and octocrylene.

New Serums, Replenix

Dermatologist-developed brand Replenix has been offering medical-grade skincare that customers can purchase over the counter for more than 40 years. They recently added two new serums to their offereings. Retinol + Bakuchiol Concentrated Serum is a clinically proven serum that evens skin tone and texture and minimizes pores and fine lines. It is formulated with medical-grade ingredients, including all-trans retinol, antioxidant-rich bakuchiol, and the brand’s proprietary free radical fighting green tea polyphenol technology.

Age Restore Vitamin C Brightening Serum is an intense age defying serum with 10% Vitamin C Complex that delivers daily defense against environmental damage, aids in collagen health, and calms and rejuvenates skin while protecting against fine lines, wrinkles, and loss of firmness. This high-potency vitamin C serum uses medical-grade ingredients to visibly brighten the skin’s complexion and overall radiance with a patented, rapid-release delivery system that also works to support the skin’s microbiome.

Reversion Clarifying Mask, Theraderm

Theraderm’s new Reversion Clarifying Mask contains kaolin clay to keep breakouts and excess oiliness under control. This detoxifying mask is ideal for oily, acne-prone skin as it exfoliates dead skin cells to unclog pores and tighten them up to prevent future breakouts. The Clarifying Mask is formulated with salicylic acid and lactic acid that work to shed dead skin cells and increase cell turnover while giving skin an overall smoother appearance and fewer fine lines and deep wrinkles. It also features activated charcoal, a natural antimicrobial that helps remove toxins and clears the skin of excess oil, dirt, and pollutants. The combination of kaolin clay, charcoal, salicylic acid, and lactic acid used in this mask is gentle enough for sensitive skin and decreases redness, inflammation, and swelling while treating existing acne breakouts and preventing future blemishes.

Dark Spot Disruptor Discoloration Correcting Serum, Obagi Clinical

Obagi Clinical has launched Dark Spot Disruptor Discoloration Correcting Serum to tackle pesky dark spots and discoloration to help the skin return to its naturally radiant tone. A lightweight, daily serum, this product is clinically proven to improve skin discoloration, fade dark spots, promote skin turnover, all while moisturizing skin, delivering skin that looks renewed, with a more supple feel and youthful radiance. The innovative core technology of the Dark Spot Disruptor combines bakuchiol, polyglutamic acid, and a blend of 5 different forms of hyaluronic acids that synergize to deliver a clinically backed reduction in the appearance of dark spots. The inclusion of low molecular weight hyaluronic acids addresses uneven skin tone, discoloration, and dark spots. In a 12-week consumer study of Dark Spot Disruptor in women ages 35-65 years, 82% of subjects had more even skin tone after 12 weeks and 76% had reduced dark spots after 12 weeks. One-hundred percent had more glowing skin after 12 weeks. The study found the serum provides 24-hour hydration with a single application and 100% of subjects showed improvement in skin hydration immediately after application. It instantly replenishes skin moisture without clogging pores.

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