Positively Nourishing Calming Body Lotion

by Aveeno  
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$6.99 - 7 fl. oz.
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Skin Care > Retinol Products > Body Lotions/Creams/Balms/Butters
Last Updated:
10/10/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

This body lotion is an OK option for normal to slightly dry skin, but it's not the most "nourishing" formula around, and its calming abilities are limited at best.

Most of the calming action comes from oat kernel flour, but there are other forms of oats and other soothing ingredients that are better for itchy, reddened skin. Still, this is a decent option for making skin feel smoother and softer, which is true for almost any body lotion.

This contains a small amount of fragrant lavender extract, but not enough to be irritating. Just so you know, despite lavender's reputation for being soothing and calming when inhaled, it's not an ingredient that makes skin happy, though lavender extract isn't as much of a problem for skin as lavender oil (Source: Contact Dermatitis, September 2008, pages 143–150).

Pros:
  • Leaves skin feeling smoother and softer.
  • Inexpensive.
Cons:
  • Lacks a range of antioxidants and state-of-the-art skin-repairing ingredients.
  • Not emollient enough for very dry skin.
  • Contains only a low amount of proven "calming" ingredients, and the calming fragrance isn't going to calm your skin.
This luxurious body lotion with scents of lavender and chamomile envelopes your skin in lasting moisture, while its relaxing scent soothes your senses.
Water, Glycerin, Distearyldimonium Chloride, Isopropyl Palmitate, Cetyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Petrolatum, Dimethicone, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour, Benzyl Alcohol, Fragrance, Chlorphenesin, Steareth 20, Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract, Sodium Chloride

Beginning with its first product in 1945, Soothing Bath Treatment, still sold today as part of the company's Baby line of products, Aveeno has prided itself on using natural ingredients. In some ways, they were a pioneer in the field, though for years the only natural ingredient of note in their products was oatmeal. Consumer products giant Johnson & Johnson purchased the brand in 1999, and wasted almost no time expanding it. A handful of bar cleansers and bath products were spun off into complete collections of facial-care products and an ever-growing number of body lotions and washes, not to mention shaving gels (Aveeno is one of the few companies whose shaving gels are truly fragrance-free).

Not surprisingly, many of the facial-care products from Aveeno are similar to those from Johnson & Johnsonowned Neutrogena. The differences typically lie in the natural ingredients each brand promotes. A cornerstone ingredient for Aveeno is soy, while Neutrogena has experimented (with varying degrees of success) with copper, retinol, salicylic acid, and melibiose. Overall, Neutrogena has a much larger and more comprehensive selection of products, though their formulas are also more problematic. Aveeno would do well to diversify a bit, or at least acknowledge that it takes more than a single star ingredient to provide superior skin-care products. As is, most of their anti-wrinkle products don't compete favorably with the more well-rounded options, not just from Neutrogena but also from Olay, Dove, and, in some respects, L'Oreal.

Getting back to the issue of soy, you'll see from the reviews it is indeed a helpful ingredient for skin—just not in the same multifaceted, does-everything manner Aveeno touts on each soy-containing product's package. A big proponent for Aveeno's use of soy is dermatologist Dr. Jeannette Graf. She is quoted on Aveeno's web site, stating that "It is now clear that the ability of natural soy to deliver multiple benefits to skin plays a lead role in high performance skin care." That sounds great but it doesn't explain why Aveeno ignores research on countless other antioxidants, skin-identical ingredients, or cell-communicating ingredients, all elements Dr. Graf uses in her separate, namesake product line. Interestingly, with Graf's own products relying on a blend of efficacious ingredients, including soy, it's a good question why she decided to endorse Aveeno's one-note soy products.

The bottom line is that when it comes to shopping for skin-care products at the drugstore, Aveeno, for all its talk of being a leader in "Active Naturals," doesn't have the all-inclusive product assortment needed to take the best possible care of your skin. However, paying attention to their top offerings is time (and money) well-spent!

For more information about Aveeno, owned by Johnson & Johnson, call (866) 428-3366 or visit www.aveeno.com.

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