Body Retexturizing Treatment is said to promote exfoliation while hydrating skin for "optimized cell renewal." We agree that body skin does indeed need exfoliation, too (think dry elbows, crepey skin on the chest, and red bumps on the arms), and to that end this product contains a urea-derived ingredient that can help. The urea is buffered to work without being irritating, but it can cause a product to have an undesirably tacky finish. This also contains niacinamide, which is a great ingredient for improving skin-cell formation, anywhere on the body.
However, despite the fact that urea can be a workable way to retexturize (read: exfoliate) dry skin and that niacinamide also can have benefit, this product is a problem for all skin types due to the fragrant oils and alcohol, all of which pose a strong risk of irritation. It also contains grapefruit oil, which can cause what's known as a phototoxic reaction when unprotected skin is exposed to sunlight (Source: www.naturaldatabase.com). Please see our list of Best Body-Care Products to find body lotions that are formulated with exfoliants like AHAs or BHA, and that leave out fragrant ingredients while bumping up the anti-aging ingredients.
- Exfoliates skin with a form of urea.
- Contains niacinamide, an ingredient that can improve skin-cell formation.
- Expensive for what you get.
- Contains several fragrant oils proven to be irritating.
- Lacks the range of anti-aging ingredients all skin types need to look and act younger.
Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin's ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types. If fragrance in your skin-care products is important to you, it should be a very low amount to minimize the risk to your skin (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135, and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).
Formulated for dull, rough body zones, this once daily treatment activates skin’s regeneration response by promoting exfoliation and providing simultaneous hydration for optimized cellular renewal. Suitable for all skin types.
Aqua / Water / Eau, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Hydroxyethylpiperazine Ethane Sulfonic Acid, Niacinamide, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat., Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Undecane, Dimethicone, Sorbitan Palmitate, Tridecane, Glycine, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Lactate, Carbomer, Cetyl Alcohol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Stearic Acid, Triethanolamine, Palmitic Acid, Dimethiconol, Chlorphenesin, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hyaluronate, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Oil / Orange Peel Oil, Limonene, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil / Sweet Almond Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Oil / Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Oil / Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Citrus Nobilis Peel Oil / Mandarin Orange Peel Oil, Mentha Piperita Oil / Peppermint Oil, Citrus Grandis Oil / Grapefruit Peel Oil.
With a strong presence in the professional (meaning spa and aesthetics) skin-care market, SkinCeuticals has a mostly well-deserved reputation for producing serious-minded, research-driven products, several of which are centered on L-ascorbic acid. Company founder Dr. Sheldon Pinnell began the line after a falling out with the folks behind Cellex-C, a company for which Dr. Pinnell once served as spokesperson. The falling out had to do with both Cellex-C and Dr. Pinnell holding patents on L-ascorbic acid; Cellex-C held the patent on a formula with L-ascorbic acid (the original Cellex-C serum) while Dr. Pinnell's patent (now conspicuously absent from SkinCeuticals products) was only for the ingredient. The drama continued as, years later, the doctor who joined Pinnell to work on SkinCeuticals' vitamin C products began his own company, also selling products with vitamin C. Who needs Desperate Housewives when we have desperate doctors racing to be the authoritative word on the anti-aging properties of vitamin C?
The good news is that copious research has demonstrated that L-ascorbic acid (despite its stability issues, which, formula-wise, SkinCeuticals products do address) is a good, potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. It has also been shown to provide photoprotective benefits when skin is exposed to UV light and is capable of stimulating collagen production - though don't take that to mean it is a cure for wrinkles (Sources: International Journal of Toxicology, 2005, supplement, pages 51–111; Experimental Dermatology, June 2003, pages 237–244; Dermatologic Surgery, March 2002, pages 231–236; Bioelectrochemistry and Bioenergetics, May 1999, pages 453–461; and International Journal of Radiation Biology, June 1999, pages 747–755). Of course, other forms of vitamin C have equally impressive research, and some forms, such as magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, have better stability profiles (Source: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis, March 1997, pages 795–801).
As we've mentioned before, vitamin C is but one of many good antioxidants, and it's not the best approach to select any one or two antioxidants and bank on them alone to provide every conceivable skin-rejuvenating benefit. Instead, go for products that offer a cocktail of antioxidants because you'll get a greater range of benefits. Plus, some antioxidants in combination have a synergistic effect that surpasses what occurs when any of the ingredients are used alone. SkinCeuticals clearly knows this, because their vitamin C products also contain the antioxidant ferulic acid, and some add vitamin E to the mix as well. Above all, remember that as multifunctional as antioxidants are, they cannot stop aging, they won't eliminate wrinkles, and they do not replace the need for daily sun protection.
L'Oreal purchased SkinCeuticals in May 2005, and, for the time being, seems to be letting them stay on their course. That's a good thing, because despite L'Oreal’s considerable financial reserves and global R&D team, the skin-care products their brands produce consistently lag behind what current research indicates are state-of-the-art options. As long as they continue to let SkinCeuticals retain its stature, there are many good reasons to shop this line; however, that said, this line is far from perfect in terms of being able to assemble a complete skin-care routine. Focusing on what they do best (which is serums, sunscreens, and specialty products) will be money well spent for visible results. Those who find the SkinCeuticals price tags to be a deal-breaker need to know that despite several notable products, they're hardly the only game in town; you can find equally superior products for less money, though not all of them follow the impressive concentration protocols of SkinCeuticals.
For more information about SkinCeuticals, call 1-800-771-9489 or visit www.skinceuticals.com.