12.30.2016
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Dry Skin Saver
4 fl. oz. for $48
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Last Updated:12.30.2016
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No

Dry Skin Saver, formerly known as Eczema Therapy Cream, has had some minor formulary changes but remains a formidable, fragrance free emollient moisturizer for dry to very dry skin or for anyone whose skin is experiencing bouts of uncomfortable dryness.

This moisturizer can be used on the face or dry areas of the body, such as hands, feet, and elbows. It's chockful of proven dry skin relieving ingredients like triglyceride, glycerin, petrolatum, and plant-derived fatty acids. Although most of these ingredients aren't super-exciting, when combined like this they can significantly improve the comfort and appearance of dry skin because they hydrate while preventing moisture loss, even in dry environments (hello, Old Man Winter!).

Dry Skin Saver is dispensed from an opaque squeeze tube, a wise packaging choice given the formula contains some light- and air-sensitive ingredients, including plant-based soothing agents and antioxidants.

Upon application, skin is left feeling smooth, soft, and protected rather than feeling greasy or coated. It's on the pricey side, but a little goes a long way—and keep in mind a product like this isn't meant to be your daily head-to-toe moisturizer. Think of it as a specialty cream for more troublesome dry spots.

Although the previous version of this product earned our top rating, this revised evaluation didn't scale the same rating peak, largely because the new formula lacks a robust mix of replenishing ingredients like ceramides, cholesterol, and niacinamide. Those additions would've made an already good formula even better because these ingredients have such a positive impact on restoring skin's protective barrier. However, even with this omission Dry Skin Saver remains a contender in the battle against stubborn dry skin.

Pros:
  • Rich, emollient formula is ideal for dry skin.
  • Contains a very good mix of soothing agents and plant-derived fatty acids.
  • Leaves skin feeling smoothed and protected, not overly greasy or "coated".
  • Gentle, fragrance-free formula.
Cons:
  • Lacks a mix of proven replenishing ingredients like ceramides, niacinamide, and cholesterol.
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Claims
Save your dry skin with this restorative cream that provides essential hydration to instantly relieve dryness, uncomfortable tightness and roughness. Formulated with a moisture-binding blend of Oat Kernel Flour and Botanicals to help restore skin’s natural barrier function. This lightweight formula absorbs quickly and easily to leave skin soft, smooth and healthy-looking.
Ingredients
Water/Aqua/Eau, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Petrolatum, Glycerin, Caprylyl Caprylate/Caprate, Stearyl Alcohol, Polyglyceryl-2 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Meadowfoam Estolide, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour, Dimethicone, Squalane, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil Unsaponifiables, Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) Seed Oil, Centipeda Cunninghamii Extract, Sea Whip Extract, Cardiospermum Halicacabum Flower/Leaf/Vine Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Undaria Pinnatifida Extract, Tocopherol, Ethyl Linoleate, Phenoxyethanol, Octyldodecanol, Xanthan Gum, Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Lecithin, BHT, Sodium Metabisulfite
Brand Overview

Kate Somerville At-A-Glance

Strengths: Provides complete ingredient lists on their website; effective Anti Bac Clearing Lotion for acne; good eczema cream; some fantastic serums and moisturizers chock-full of beneficial ingredients.

Weaknesses: Expensive; irritating cleansers and scrubs; several products contain irritating ingredients with no proven benefit for skin; disappointing CC cream.

The woman behind this line is a Los Angeles–based aesthetician who owns her own clinic, which specializes not only in aesthetic services but also in cosmetic corrective procedures involving injections (dermal fillers), lasers, Botox, and the like. The clinic is staffed with a doctor and nurses, which is definitely what you want if you're considering services beyond a facial or a massage.

The selling points of this line are Somerville's years of experience in the aesthetics industry and her allegedly devoted celebrity clientele. As such, her products and famous clientele get press in the pages of fashion magazines, which explains why we routinely get asked about this skin-care line. Somerville herself is every bit as attractive as her star clients, and the information on her Web site is presented in such a way that you sincerely believe she has your skin's best interests in mind. And wouldn't you want to trust your skin's needs to a professional who also tends to celebrities?

Knowing all these details, we were anticipating that most of the products bearing Somerville's name would be state-of-the-art slam dunks. Alas, many of them are far afield from that level of formulation. When it comes to giving skin what it needs to function as healthily and normally as possible (and, at these prices, that's what you should expect), this line is, unfortunately, hit or miss. What Somerville knows about giving an amazing facial is one thing, but she clearly missed the research that proves how problematic several of the plant oils that she uses can be. A professional concerned with the health of her clients' skin shouldn't be formulating products with cinnamon, grapefruit, and lavender oils, among others.

If we were one of Somerville's clients, we'd certainly take her to task for that oversight, but we'd also want to know why she offers only one sunscreen and doesn't offer any effective AHA or BHA exfoliants. A discussion of advanced skin science and state-of-the-art ingredients is not sufficient if your product line has gaps: limited sun protection options, no reliable exfoliants, no non-drying cleansers, and a complete lack of options to treat skin discolorations (pigment irregularities, unlike blackheads, cannot be manually extracted, which makes the absence of a skin lightening product an issue).

This product line may not be the one you want to build your skin-care routine around, but there are some exceptional products. Of all the aesthetician-backed lines we've reviewed, none come as close to providing the level of formulary excellence of many of Somerville's moisturizers and serums. They're pricey, but if you're going to spend in excess for skin-care products, you should be doing so on products that stand a very good chance of markedly improving your skin’s appearance. We are curious to see how this product line will expand and (hopefully) improve over the years. The current mishmash of awesome and awful products makes it risky to shop this line blindly (or on the sole rationale of a celebrity endorsement), but with careful consideration to avoid irritants you can find some products of value. Hopefully, she will expand the line to fill in the current gaps (especially for sun protection) and eliminate the irritants.

For more information about Kate Somerville, now owned by Unilever, call (800) 984-5283 or visit www.katesomerville.com

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Kate Somerville At-A-Glance

Strengths: Provides complete ingredient lists on their website; effective Anti Bac Clearing Lotion for acne; good eczema cream; some fantastic serums and moisturizers chock-full of beneficial ingredients.

Weaknesses: Expensive; irritating cleansers and scrubs; several products contain irritating ingredients with no proven benefit for skin; disappointing CC cream.

The woman behind this line is a Los Angeles–based aesthetician who owns her own clinic, which specializes not only in aesthetic services but also in cosmetic corrective procedures involving injections (dermal fillers), lasers, Botox, and the like. The clinic is staffed with a doctor and nurses, which is definitely what you want if you're considering services beyond a facial or a massage.

The selling points of this line are Somerville's years of experience in the aesthetics industry and her allegedly devoted celebrity clientele. As such, her products and famous clientele get press in the pages of fashion magazines, which explains why we routinely get asked about this skin-care line. Somerville herself is every bit as attractive as her star clients, and the information on her Web site is presented in such a way that you sincerely believe she has your skin's best interests in mind. And wouldn't you want to trust your skin's needs to a professional who also tends to celebrities?

Knowing all these details, we were anticipating that most of the products bearing Somerville's name would be state-of-the-art slam dunks. Alas, many of them are far afield from that level of formulation. When it comes to giving skin what it needs to function as healthily and normally as possible (and, at these prices, that's what you should expect), this line is, unfortunately, hit or miss. What Somerville knows about giving an amazing facial is one thing, but she clearly missed the research that proves how problematic several of the plant oils that she uses can be. A professional concerned with the health of her clients' skin shouldn't be formulating products with cinnamon, grapefruit, and lavender oils, among others.

If we were one of Somerville's clients, we'd certainly take her to task for that oversight, but we'd also want to know why she offers only one sunscreen and doesn't offer any effective AHA or BHA exfoliants. A discussion of advanced skin science and state-of-the-art ingredients is not sufficient if your product line has gaps: limited sun protection options, no reliable exfoliants, no non-drying cleansers, and a complete lack of options to treat skin discolorations (pigment irregularities, unlike blackheads, cannot be manually extracted, which makes the absence of a skin lightening product an issue).

This product line may not be the one you want to build your skin-care routine around, but there are some exceptional products. Of all the aesthetician-backed lines we've reviewed, none come as close to providing the level of formulary excellence of many of Somerville's moisturizers and serums. They're pricey, but if you're going to spend in excess for skin-care products, you should be doing so on products that stand a very good chance of markedly improving your skin’s appearance. We are curious to see how this product line will expand and (hopefully) improve over the years. The current mishmash of awesome and awful products makes it risky to shop this line blindly (or on the sole rationale of a celebrity endorsement), but with careful consideration to avoid irritants you can find some products of value. Hopefully, she will expand the line to fill in the current gaps (especially for sun protection) and eliminate the irritants.

For more information about Kate Somerville, now owned by Unilever, call (800) 984-5283 or visit www.katesomerville.com