05.21.2014
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Akerat Smoothing Exfoliating Cream
Rating
7.05 fl. oz. for $31
Last Updated:05.21.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This body lotion contains a relatively high amount of urea, a synthetic ingredient that can function as an exfoliant but is primarily used in products like this for its moisture-binding capabilities. More common exfoliating ingredients of lactic acid (an AHA) and salicylic acid (BHA) are also included, but the amounts are likely too low for them to function as exfoliants, plus the pH of 4.1 is just outside the ideal range these ingredients need to be effective.

Those with dry, rough skin will notice a difference with this product, but not as good as using an AHA or BHA body lotion if your goal is exfoliation plus moisture. Speaking of moisture, although this provides it, the formula is almost unbelievably basic, and definitely not worth the price.

Note that although fragrance is not indicated on the label, the formula contains ethylene brassylate, an ingredient whose sole function is fragrance. That means this body lotion isn’t a slam-dunk for sensitive skin.

Claims

Ultra rich targeted body care helps restore skin’s comfort level and balance for smoother, softer skin texture.

Ingredients

Water, Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Propylene Glycol, Urea, Triethanolamine, Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, PEG-20 Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil (Prunus Dulcis), Salicylic Acid, Carbomer, Lactic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylene Brassylate, Tocopheryl Acetate

Brand Overview

Eau Thermale Avene At-a-Glance

Strengths: Some excellent cleansers; well-formulated sunscreens; moisturizers that help to treat very dry, fragile skin; praiseworthy lip balms.

Weaknesses: Can be on the pricey side.

Eau Thermale Avene’s most prominent claim to fame is the thermal spring water in its products, which the brand maintains is curative due to both historical and scientific evidence. Unfortunately, there isn’t much evidence that we could locate that was in the form of published, peer-reviewed research. Without the research, thermal water is ultimately more about marketing than fact—however, the good news is whatever the factualness of their claims about the ingredient, at least thermal water isn’t going to harm your skin in any way.

Thermal water aside, what is clear is that Avene’s goal is to provide formulas for those who battle sensitive skin concerns. With that in mind, we can say there are quite a few successes among the brand’s range of offerings. There are also a few products we saw as missteps for reasons noted in their respective reviews.

Overall, Eau Thermale Avene’s more praiseworthy qualities is the range of options provided for those that have exceptionally sensitive skin, i.e. who may have been unable to tolerate more advanced anti-aging formulas. While we would have liked to see more in the way of complexity of anti-aging formulas from Avene (and fewer claims about thermal water), the particular direction the brand takes towards skincare is one that has its audience.

For more information about Eau Thermale Avene, call (866) 412-8363 or visit www.aveneusa.com.

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