Tested on animals:Yes
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).
Another concerning ingredient is hydroxyethylpiperazine ethane sulfonic acid (also known as HEPES). It’s a buffering ingredient (typically used to establish a neutral pH) with research indicating it can generate free radical damage in the presence of oxygen (Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry, August 2005, pages 1,653-1,660 and November 2004, issue 11, pages 1696-1702). That has us worried even though research on how this directly impacts skin hasn’t been done. Still, there are definitely other buffering agents that could have been used instead of this seemingly problematic one.
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.
- Contains an ingredient that could promote free radical damage.
- 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).