Ultimate Softening Skin Therapy Lotion, Shea Butter

by Gold Bond  
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$10.99 - 14 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Retinol Products > Body Lotions/Creams/Balms/Butters
Last Updated:
9/3/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

This body moisturizer has what it takes to make body skin softer, but it’s not the ultimate formula. Yes, this contains a very good mix of emollients and skin conditioning agents, but the inclusion of lavender and rosemary extracts keep it from earning a higher rating. The second ingredient is a form of urea that can be great for dry, flaky skin. However, urea is a penetration enhancer that increases the risk of irritation from the problematic plant extracts. On balance, this isn’t worth strong consideration over other body lotions with urea, or you can consider Gold Bond’s superior Ultimate Restoring Skin Therapy Lotion CoQ10 instead.

This daily moisturizing lotion makes dry, uneven and rough skin noticeably silky soft and smooth. With 7 essential moisturizers, 3 vitamins, Shea Butter, and a unique Silk Peptide Matrix, this stuff really softens your skin.

Water, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Jojoba Esters, Petrolatum, Cetearyl Alcohol, Distearyldimonium Chloride, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Stearyl Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetearyl Alcohol, Methyl Gluceth 20, Behentrimonium Methylsulfate, Glyceryl Stearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Extract, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Ceramide Complex 2, Tocopherol Acetate, Panthenol, Silk Amino Acid, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Retinyl Palmitate, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavendar) Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, PEG 10 Rapeseed Sterol, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Polysorbate 60, Stearamidopropyl PG Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Propylene Glycol, Dimethiconol, Steareth 21, Diazolidinyl Urea, Fragrance, Methylparaben, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Dipotassium Edta, Propylparaben, Butylene Glycol, C12 15 Alkyl Benzoate, Tribehenin, Isopropyl Myristate, Potassium Hydroxide, Acacia Farnesiana Extract

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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