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Gold Bond
Ultimate Healing Skin Therapy Lotion, Aloe
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14 fl. oz. for $10.99
Category:Skin Care > Retinol Products > Body Lotions/Creams/Balms/Butters
Last Updated:09.03.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Overview

This is a good, fairly standard, emollient body lotion for dry skin. It contains a roster of tried-and-true ingredients known to replenish dry skin and prevent moisture loss, which is great. What keeps this from earning a Best Product rating is the low amount of antioxidants and lack of sophisticated yet essential ingredients such as ceramides and cell-communicating ingredients such as niacinamide. Still, considering this product’s price for what you get, this is a body lotion that’s worth considering!

Claims

With 7 intensive moisturizers and 3 skin nurturing vitamins, dry problem skin doesn’t stand a chance. This indulgent aloe formula is clinically tested to provide 24-hour moisturization. You can actually feel it working even after you wash your hands.

Ingredients

Water, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Petrolatum, Jojoba Esters, Cetearyl Alcohol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Stearyl Alcohol, Distearyldimonium Chloride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Steareth 21, Steareth 2, Propylene Glycol, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Polysorbate 60, Stearamidopropyl PG Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Methyl Gluceth 20, Tocopheryl Acetate, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Hydrolyzed Elastin, Retinyl Palmitate, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Glyceryl Stearate, Dipotassium EDTA, Fragrance, Potassium Hydroxide, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

Brand Overview

Gold Bond At-A-Glance

Strengths: Inexpensive and widely available; some good body lotions including a few with urea, an excellent ingredient to smooth and soften dry, rough skin.

Weaknesses: Several products contain menthol, including a foot cream with an extremely high amount of this known irritant. Menthol is not anti-itch; it simply replaces one form of irritation (itching) with another.

There isn't a lot to write about Gold Bond despite the fact that the brand has been around for over 100 years. For the most part, Gold Bond is a staple at drugstores due to their small selection of body lotions, anti-itch products, and various foot-care products, including powders and anti-odor sprays. You can ignore any of their products with menthol. This is used in several Gold Bond products as a counter-iritant. What does that mean? Counter-irritants such as menthol are used to induce local inflammation for the purpose of relieving inflammation in deeper or adjacent tissues. In other words, they substitute one kind of inflammation for another, which is never good for skin. Irritation or inflammation, no matter what causes it or how it happens, impairs the skin's immune and healing response (Source: Skin Pharmacology and Applied Skin Physiology, November–December 2000, pages 358–371). And although your skin may not show it or doesn't react in an irritated fashion, if you apply irritants to your skin the damage is still taking place and is ongoing, so it adds up over time (Source: Skin Research and Technology, November 2001, pages 227–237). Gold Bond has some good body lotions to consider and they are fairly priced, too. But that's where the excitement for this longstanding brand starts and stops.

For more information about Gold Bond, call parent company Sanofi Aventis at (800) 981-2491 or visit www.goldbond.com.

Note: We did not review the foot odor sprays and powders from this brand due to Paula and the Cosmetics Cop team typically not reviewing these categories of body-care products.

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02.02.2015
Works well for me every winter

I have a dry skin condition and use this lotion every winter on my dry skin. I usually apply it to my body (sans face) after I shower. It keeps my skin feeling soft and non-itchy. For the price, it's a good value.

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