Facial oils are popular products among beauty consumers for their hydrating properties, but according to the study, the company’s botanical facial oil, formulated for its ability to decrease skin damage, may play in protecting skin from UV-induced damage and can be useful if used as adjuvant to conventional photoprotection methods.
The poster presented during the AAD event was: “Antioxidant efficacy of a facial treatment on human skin by UVA-induced chemiluminescence and its protective effects against UV irradiation-induced photodamage,” by Hemali Gunt, PhD; Zoe Diana Draelos, MD; and Stanley B. Levy, MD.
It incorporated Burt’s Bees Complete Nourishment Facial Oil, a heritage product for this natural personal care brand, according to Hemali Gunt, who is head of clinical and scientific affairs.
Available for more than a decade, the oil product has been reformulated since it was initially launched, with Burt’s Bees switching out fragrances and adding new oils rich in antioxidant activity that further enhance the benefits, she said.
Among the oils in the current formulation are rosehip seed oil, which contains a high amount of lenolic acid and essential fatty acids that help skin barrier health; jojoba seed oil, evening primrose, wheat germ oil, hazel seed oil and sunflower seed oil among others.
Chemists at Burt’s Bees have optimized the viscosity of the different oils so the formula doesn’t leave a greasy feel.
The studies aimed to quantify antioxidant potential using UVA-induced chemiluminescence (ICL-S) and to measure the protective effects against solar-simulated UVB irradiation-induced acute photodamage of a nature-based facial oil.
Study Design I (UVA Method) involved 22 healthy females, aged 18-60 with fair skin; Study Design II (UVB Method) recruited 10 healthy females, aged 30-70 with Fitzpatrick skin type I.
Incorporating both UVA and UVB in the study was novel, according to Gunt.
In the study, the facial oil demonstrated antioxidant and photoprotective effects, as it showed significant reduction in oxidative stress following UVA radiation exposure and erythema following UVB radiation exposure. The oil protects skin from UV-induced damage and can be useful if used as adjuvant to conventional photoprotection methods. No clinically significant tolerability issues were reported.
Overall, a nature-based facial oil was effective in reducing oxidative stress and erythema in photodamaged skin, noted Burt’s Bees in its poster.
Burt's Bees is part of The Clorox Company, a Happi Top 50 company.