This emollient body lotion contains some great ingredients to help smooth and soften dry skin. It also includes a couple of antioxidants to help repair skin and boost its environmental defenses. Unfortunately, it contains the preservative methylisothiazolinone, which is known to be sensitizing and is not recommended for use in leave-on products. The amount is low, but the formula also contains two irritating (not “invigorating”) plant extracts, rosemary and grapefruit. For these reasons, we do not recommend this body lotion.
Please see More Info for details on why methylisothiazolinone is a problem in leave-on products and why irritation is so bad for your skin. You can also check out our list of Best Body Care Products for proven options that won’t harm skin.
- Contains proven emollients and antioxidants to help repair dry skin.
- Contains methylisothiazolinone, a sensitizing preservative generally not recommended for use in leave-on products.
- Contains two irritating plant extracts, which, combined with the problematic preservative, make this an iffy product for all skin types.
Among the preservatives that appear in leave-on products, methylisothiazolinone is known to be sensitizing. The severity depends on the amount present, but as a general rule, if you see this ingredient in the middle of the ingredient list for a leave-on product, you should avoid the product, especially if you have sensitive skin. In rinse-off products and in leave-on cosmetic products it’s usually present only in low amounts, thus minimizing the potential for irritation while maintaining preservative efficacy. Along with methylchloroisothiazolinone, this preservative is a frequent allergen in leave-on products, particularly hair-care and feminine hygiene products (Source: Contact Dermatitis, November 2011, pages 276–285).
Irritation, whether you see it on the surface of your skin or not, causes inflammation and as a result impairs healing, damages collagen, and depletes the vital substances your skin needs to stay young. For this reason, it is best to eliminate, or minimize as much as possible, your exposure to known skin irritants, especially when there are brilliant formulas available that do not include these types of problematic ingredients.
Infused with natural antioxidants grapefruit and rosemary . Invigorates your senses & leaves your skin beautifully fragrant. Formulated with nourishing Active Naturals oatmeal, providing the essential moisture you need for healthier-looking skin.
Water, Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dicaprylyl Ether, Hydrogenated Vegetable Glycerides Citrate, Isopropyl Palmitate, Octyldodecyl Olivate, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Avena Sativa Kernel Flour (Oat), Citrus Grandis Fruit Extract (Grapefruit), Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract (Rosemary), Tocopheryl Acetate, Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil, Stearic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Fragrance, Hexylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hydroxide, Methylisothiazolinone
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 & Johnson–owned 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.