Tested on animals:Yes
Advanced Repair Light Feel Hand Cream is a good though rather basic fragrance-free hand cream whose high amount of hydrating ingredient urea can provide intense softening for dry, cracked skin.
The emollient blend isn't too oily or greasy which makes this hand cream more pleasant to use, though the lack of sunscreen means this is best reserved for application at night (hands absolutely need sunscreen during the day).
As for the "buffered alpha hydroxy", don't count on exfoliation, gentle or otherwise. Although this hand cream contains AHA ingredient lactic acid, the amount is too low and the buffering (which all AHA exfoliants have) pushed this hand cream's pH outside the range necessary for exfoliation to occur. However, in low amounts AHAs can also provide hydration along with buffering the alkaline aspect of a formula.
This would've earned a higher rating if it also contained a mix of antioxidants and lightweight replenishing ingredients along with a non-fragrant plant oil or two. As is, it does a respectable job improving the look and feel of dry, rough skin, but the best hand creams go even further.
- Smooths and softens dry, rough skin.
- Doesn't leave hands feeling greasy.
- Fragrance free.
- Lacks antioxidants and a broad mix of replenishing ingredients.
- The buffered alpha hydroxy acid cannot exfoliate, gently or otherwise (though it does have some hydrating properties).
Repair dry, rough hands and cuticles with a creme specially formulated to moisturize and smooth. This unique, non-greasy formula intensively moisturizes, and is enriched with buffered alpha hydroxy to gently exfoliate. Discover noticeably smoother hands after just one application.
Water, Glycerin, Urea, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Cyclomethicone, Dicaprylyl Ether, Sodium Lactate, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Phenoxyethanol, Pentylene Glycol, Lactic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate
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.