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Sensitive Skin Remedy Fast-Absorbing Daily Lotion for Dry, Sensitive Skin
Rating
7.5 fl. oz. for $7.99
Last Updated:05.14.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This body lotion has an enticing name, but make no mistake: It's not a slam-dunk product for sensitive skin, nor is it all that wonderful for dry skin. Like most of Curel's body lotions, this contains the irritating ingredient eucalyptus. Eucalyptus has no established benefit for dry, sensitive skin and Curel's perpetual use of it has us perplexed.

The goal of this body lotion is to strengthen skin's moisture barrier, which is an essential part of relieving dry skin and keeping it from being a recurring problem. Although the formula contains some good barrier-repair ingredients, the mix could be better and the amount of eucalyptus just gets in the way of these being as effective as they could be. Also, adding fragrant eucalyptus negates the claim that this body lotion is fragrance-free. See More Info to learn why the hypoallergenic claim is bogus.

Pros:
  • Contains a decent mix of emollients.
Cons:
  • Contains a potentially irritating amount of eucalyptus.
  • The mix of repairing ingredients is likely inadequate for strengthening skin's barrier.
  • Not suitable for sensitive skin, and the hypoallergenic claim is bogus.
More Info:

"Hypoallergenic" is little more than a nonsense word meant to make products sound safer or somehow better for sensitive skin. There are no accepted testing methods, ingredient restrictions, regulations, guidelines, rules, or procedures of any kind, anywhere in the world, for determining whether or not a product qualifies as being hypoallergenic. Any company can label any product "hypoallergenic" because there is no regulation that says they can't, no matter what proof they may point to—and what proof can they provide given there is no standard against which to measure? Given that there are no regulations governing this supposed category, which was made up by the cosmetics industry, there are plenty of products labeled "hypoallergenic" that actually contain problematic ingredients and that can indeed trigger allergic reactions, even for those with no previous history of skin sensitivity. The word "hypoallergenic" gives you no reliable understanding of what you are or aren't putting on your skin (Sources: www.fda.gov; Clinical and Experimental Dermatology, May 2004, pages 325–327; and Ostomy and Wound Management, March 2003, pages 20–21).

Claims

This fragrance-free, dye-free, hypo-allergenic, non-greasy moisturizer is clinically proven to not only provide instant relief from dry, irritated skin – its proprietary moisture-rich formula actually strengthens skin's moisture barrier over time to help keep sensitivity from returning.

Ingredients

Water, Glycerin, Isopropyl Palmitate, Cetyl-PG Hydroxyethyl Palmitamide, Polysorbate 60, Dimethicone, Stearyl Alcohol, Allantoin, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Extract, Cholesterol, Cetyl Alcohol, Sorbitan Stearate, Polyglyceryl-2 Diisostearate, Citric Acid, Sodium Methyl Stearoyl Taurate, Butylene Glycol, Bis-Methoxypropylamido Isodocosane, DMDM Hydantoin, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.

Brand Overview

Strengths: Inexpensive and generously-sized; contains a consistent range of tried-and-true emollient ingredients.

Weaknesses: None of the products are state-of-the-art formulas; several products listed as being good for sensitive skin or not containing fragrance are fragranced and/or contain ingredients those with sensitive skin should avoid; Many products contain a high amount of irritating eucalyptus extract the foot cream contains irritating citrus juices; the hand cream is overly fragranced.

Long a staple of the body-care aisle at drugstores around the world, Curel and its sister company Jergens (and Biore) are owned by the Japan-based Kao Corporation. Like Jergens, Curel offers an assortment of body lotions for dry, itchy skin. Whereas Jergens has expanded into an array of self-tanning products alongside their body lotions, Curel remains firmly based around body lotions for dry skin. Considering Curel’s specialty, it’s disappointing that so many of their body lotions disappoint, either due to average formulas or the inclusion of fragrant plant extracts (most often eucalyptus).

There’s truly nothing worth considering from Curel, and that’ sad. The price point is excellent, the sizes are generous, but none of this matters if what’s inside the bottles isn’t great for your skin. Don’t get us wrong; Curel’s body lotions contain some workhorse ingredients such as petrolatum and glycerin. Those can be great for dry skin, but they’re just the beginning—dry skin needs a range of ingredients, including repairing and cell-communicating substances plus antioxidants—and those are lacking in pretty much every product Curel offers. In essence, Curel isn’t the cure for dry skin.

If you’ve been intrigued by this line, your curiosity can stop here. Curel isn’t the answer for dry, itchy, or sensitive skin (indeed, several of its products are a problem for sensitive skin). Other drugstore body lotions offer more for your money, and without problematic ingredients like eucalyptus. Some of those may cost a bit more, but when you’re getting a truly superior formula, it’s money well spent!

For more information about Curel, call (800) 572-2931 or visit www.curel.com

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