Body Hydrating Cream
8 fl. oz. for $28.50
Last Updated:03.10.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Dermalogica claims this "advanced body lotion helps tone and smooth all skin conditions"; unfortunately, this isn't accurate in the least. The most significant concern (and reason to avoid this product) is the stunning degree of fragrant irritants added—this was clearly a product designed to please the nose (and not the skin). See More Info for the details on why fragrance in this amount is such a problem in skin-care products.

Despite the fact that the Body Hydrating Cream marketing messaging emphasizes its ability to tackle dry skin, there are only a few actual moisturizing or skin-repairing ingredients present. Most of what you'll find is a simple mix of silicone, thickeners and basic fatty acids, with a few antioxidants included.

This is disappointing because you can find far better body moisturizers for the same, or lesser, cost that don't contain such problematic ingredients such as lavender, multiple citrus extracts, and numerous essential oils, which are about as essential for skin as cigarettes are essential for your lungs.

It's also worth mentioning that several of the 12+ essential oils and extracts included in this formula have phototoxic potential for skin. That means when they're applied to skin that's exposed to UV light, dermatitis or a discoloration reaction can occur—certainly not the goal with any skin-care product.

We strongly recommend skipping Body Hydrating Cream and instead consider any of the alternatives recommended in the Best Body Lotions/Creams/Balms/Butters section.

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  • Intensely fragrant formula, but fragrance isn't skin caring in the least.
  • Amounts of lavender and citrus extracts are a serious concern for their potential to irritate.
  • Contains over a dozen irritating volatile essential oils, some of which have phototoxic potential when applied to skin that's exposed to UV light.
More Info:

Irritation from Fragrance and Fragrant Oils: Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin's ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types. If fragrance in your skin-care products is important to you, it should be a very low amount to minimize the risk to your skin (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135, and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).


Advanced body lotion helps tone and smooth all skin conditions. Smooth and relieve skin dryness with Lactic Acid and natural hydroxy acid extracts from Sugar Cane and Apple


Water/Aqua/Eau, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Butylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetyl Alcohol, Potato Starch Modified, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, PEG-8 Stearate, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Lactic Acid, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Symphytum Officinale Leaf Extract, Dimethicone, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Oil, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Oil, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Amyris Balsamifera Bark Oil, Cedrus Atlantica (Cedarwood) Bark Oil, Pogostemon Cablin Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Limonene , Linalool, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin.

Brand Overview

Dermalogica At-A-Glance

Strengths: Good eye-makeup remover; a unique skin-lightening product; a couple of commendable moisturizers, one with stabilized vitamin C.

Weaknesses: Expensive; almost every category has one or more products that contain irritating ingredients with no established benefit for skin; Clean Start and MediBac lines are particularly disappointing; the SPF products tend to be mediocre to poor.

Dermalogica's name implies a logical relationship to dermatology, which makes it sound as if you are getting serious skin care. The subtitle on their products is even more commanding: "A Skin Care System Researched and Developed by the International Dermal Institute." But what is the International Dermal Institute, you ask? Are there any dermatologists there? Apparently not: The International Dermal Institute is a Dermalogica-owned school for aestheticians who want an education beyond what is required for their cosmetology license, and the classes are taught by aestheticians.

Does the professional atmosphere of the school associated with Dermalogica mean better products? The proof is in the pudding, and this pudding is, for the most part, just Jell-O, not chocolate mousse. A company so concerned with skin-care education should be ashamed of itself for offering so many products that damage skin with known irritants and, more egregiously, offering so many sunscreens that lack sufficient UVA-protecting ingredients. Dermalogica's education-oriented, serious-minded, and clinical positioning doesn’t mesh with the majority of their products, and is on par with tobacco company executives teaching an aerobics class.

According to company history, the reason Dermalogica products came to be was that founder Jane Wurwand could not find a spa-oriented skin-care line that met her criteria. She was dismayed that so many skin-care lines aimed at the aesthetics market had products that contained alcohol, artificial colors, fragrance, mineral oil, and lanolin, ingredients that she believed had a well-documented history of problems. That's true for fragrance and alcohol (and artificial colors to a lesser extent), but mineral oil and lanolin have no documented history of causing skin problems. If anything, quite the opposite is true. Further, if Dermalogica's founders were so concerned about potentially or definitively harmful ingredients, why do their products contain so many of them? Where is the research proving that lavender oil, camphor, balm mint, arnica, ginger oil, and citrus oils are helpful for skin?

For more information about Dermalogica now owned by Unilever, call 1-800-345-2761 or visit www.dermalogica.com.

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I got this cream for my Birthday and right away love the way it made my skin feel I have calling my local kohl's department store and they don't have it the jar is a 6 oz silver top blue jar if you know were I can get it please let me know I would love to have some more of it this was the one thing that worked the best for me!

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