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Soothing Relief Daily Lotion
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13.5 fl. oz. for $8.99
Last Updated:05.20.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Here's another disappointing body lotion from Lubriderm. Despite the "Soothing Relief" portion of the name, this formula is as boring as can be, not containing a single anti-irritant or soothing ingredient. What it does contain are basic emollients and thickeners, plus the potent skin irritant menthol. This ingredient spells trouble for all skin types, and although it can stop the sensation of itchy skin it does so by being a counter-irritant. What does that mean? A counter-irritant is an ingredient that, when applied topically, sends an even greater irritant signal to nerve endings in skin, so the nerves "hear" this signal louder than they do the signal of whatever's making you itch.

Counter-irritants have their place and can be fine for occasional use, but not in a body lotion like this that's meant for daily application.

Pros:
  • Contains some tried-and-true emollients.
  • Inexpensive.
Cons:
  • Boring formula is void of soothing ingredients.
  • Menthol is potent skin irritant.
  • Formula doesn't contain "essential nutrients" as claimed.
Claims

Immediately soothe itchy, dry skin with Soothing Relief Daily Lotion. Our unique Soothing Complex combines emollients with essential nutrients naturally found in healthy skin for a breakthrough formula that provides immediate and long-lasting comfort. This cooling lotion has a clean, non-greasy feel, leaving your skin comfortable and healthy-looking.

Ingredients

Water, Glycerin, Distearyldimonium Chloride, Petrolatum, Isopropyl Palmitate, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Dodecylhexadecanol, Steareth-21, Potassium Lactate, Benzyl Alcohol, Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose, Lactic Acid, Chlorphenesin, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Oil, Menthol, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate

Brand Overview

Lubriderm At-A-Glance

Strengths: Inexpensive; some fragrance-free body lotions; Lubriderm provides complete product ingredient lists on its Web site.

Weaknesses: Mostly outdated formulas that lack a range of skin-repairing ingredients; the body lotion with SPF 15 does not provide sufficient UVA protection; not much distinction between formulas, especially in the Daily Moisture range.

Among body lotion brands, Lubriderm is recognizable at drugstores and grocery stores around the world. Unfortunately, most of their formulas are about as exciting as watching grass grow! Instead of providing dry, itchy skin with a range of state-of-the-art ingredients proven to offer lasting benefits, Lubriderm stops short at the basics, with formulas that echo back to the 1960s.

What Lubriderm leaves out are the ingredients that would supply your skin with a healthy dose of antioxidants, skin-repairing ingredients, or cell-communicating ingredients. All these types of ingredients can actually "repair" skin, not just put a Band-Aid® on the problem of dry skin.

Lubriderm products are not bad, but it's like using a typewriter instead of a computer. Simply put, science has advanced skin care far beyond what Lubriderm formulas provide.

Lubriderm's price point is attractive, but saving money isn't always the end game. Besides, there are other inexpensive brands whose impressive body moisturizer formulas mean you don’t have to settle for less. At the drugstore, check out the options from CeraVe, Olay, and St. Ives or online from Paula's Choice for stellar inexpensive examples. Actually, the previously mentioned are some of the best examples around because even the expensive body products often omit the advanced ingredients.

For more information about Lubriderm, call (877) 543-8477 or visit www.lubriderm.com.

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