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Lea Michele’s Skin-care Secrets Include Bees and Balm

Lea Michele talks about her partnership with Burt's Bees and reveals her secrets to perfect skin.

Actress Lea Michele has teamed with Burt’s Bees to launch #BringBackTheBees — a consumer-driven donation-with-purchase initiative that aims to seed one billion wildflowers to fight bee population decline worldwide.

“I was shocked to hear some of the staggering facts about how much the lives of bees are affected right now — and how the landscape of the food we eat could be greatly affected by the decrease in the bee population,” Michele said.

Launching nationwide today, the Burt’s Bees Greater Good Foundation-led campaign will donate 1,000 wildflower seeds for every purchase of the brand’s lip balms in Pink Grapefruit, Wild Cherry and Coconut and Pear — three limited-edition scents that would not exist without bee pollination.

“Bees are connected to so many aspects of our day-to-day lives — one being my own passion for cooking and eating healthy,” Michele said. “The bees help pollinate one-third of the food we eat — everything from blackberries to avocados — so it’s important that we do something to help them thrive.”

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As for her own wellness and skin-care regimen, Michele told WWD that she likes to keep things clean, wholesome and simple.

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“I pride myself in that I do live a very healthy lifestyle,” Michele said. “I try to eat as well as I can — I work out all the time, I hike, I enjoy all the amazing things California has to offer: food, produce, scenery, the beach. It helps me feel better and do my job better.”

Despite a lifetime of wearing layers of theatrical makeup on both stage and screen, Michele said her secret to great skin is all about what happens during her downtime.

“First and foremost, I don’t wear makeup when I don’t have to,” Michele said. “When I’m out and about with friends and family, I’m not pounding makeup on my face — I’ll put on mascara and lip balm and go about my day. I like to give my skin a chance to breathe when it needs to. I drink a ton of water and I always try to get a good night’s sleep. That’s the first place I see my skin get affected — when I’m traveling on planes full of dry air. I treat my skin very delicately; I don’t go to bed without washing my face; I’m consistent with my products.”