Smoothing Repair
16.9 fl. oz. for $11.49
Last Updated:06.14.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

NOTE: As of Summer 2015, we were informed by our readers that there has been a reformulation of this product. We appreciate your patience while we take the time to thoroughly update this review!

First things first: This body lotion does not contain alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) in amounts capable of exfoliating skin. It contains urea, a skin-softening ingredient that can exfoliate when its concentration is 10% or more, but that’s not the case here. Sodium lactate and lactic acid are on hand but neither is going to work to exfoliate your skin due to the low amounts used and this body lotion’s pH. That leaves you with a good but unexciting fragrance-free moisturizer for dry skin. The Good rating applies due to the relative gentleness of the formula. It is suitable for sensitive skin.


Many fast-absorbing moisturizers can be watery and ineffective at relieving extremely dry skin. Eucerin Plus Smoothing Essentials with its gentle alpha hydroxy formula helps exfoliate and smooth skin, dramatically improving the condition of your skin over time. While it doesn't compromise on long-lasting moisturization, it feels luxurious without a greasy feeling.


Water, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Urea, Hydrogenated Cocoglycerides, Isopropyl Stearate, Octyldodecanol, Sodium Lactate, Dimethicone, Arginine HCL, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Myristyl Myristate, Carnitine, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate, Lactic Acid, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Benzyl Alcohol, Propylparaben, Potassium Sorbate

Brand Overview

Eucerin At-A-Glance

Strengths: Inexpensive and widely distributed; fragrance-free cleansers; some good body washes and body moisturizers; widely available.

Weaknesses: Anti-redness products that added questionable ingredients instead of increasing the anti-inflammatory agents; nothing for acne-prone skin; jar packaging; some standard body lotions that are OK for dry skin but "OK" isn't good enough.

This drugstore staple line claims to be dermatologist-preferred skin care, but any dermatologist who recommends this line in its entirety without reservation needs a crash course in what skin really needs to be protected and look its best.

There are some basic products that a dermatologist would want to consider, but Eucerin falls short in products to address acne. Further, their latest facial skincare products aren't keeping pace with what industry frontrunners are doing in an effort to create elegant, effective products. For example, serums from Olay, Neutrogena, and Aveeno have much more interesting formulations, while moisturizers from many other drugstore lines (including Nivea, which is owned by Eucerin parent company Beiersdorf) include a greater complement of antioxidants and ingredients that mimic the structure and function of healthy skin. Eucerin is making some strides here, though, which is an encouraging sign.

A major pro for this line is that all of the products are fragrance-free. Although that's helpful for all skin types, it certainly isn't compelling enough for dermatologists to green-light this line without cautions about which products to avoid.

For more information about Eucerin, call (800) 227-4703 or visit www.eucerin.com.

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New formula?

I think this product has been reformulated because the ingredients listed in the review don't match the bottle I just purchased, and urea is now the third item listed. I really like this lotion, but I'd love for you to review it again, if this is a new formula.

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Beautypedia Team Response

Hey there!  Thanks for the heads up -- we'll work on getting this review updated soon.  

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