Skinfix claims its Gentle Hair & Body Wash is made specifically for babies' sensitive skin and hair, but its effective and moisturizing formula is great for anyone with a damaged skin barrier, which is why it earns our highest, four-star rating.
Gentle Hair & Body Wash comes in a plastic bottle with a pump dispenser. The fragrance-free cleanser has a slightly oily feel, but is not overly heavy. When it comes to ingredients, Skinfix gets it right by including decyl glucoside and coco glucoside, both of which will cleanse skin gently without drying it out.
The rest of the formula is made up of proven anti-irritants like oat kernel flour, calendula extract, and chamomile extract; in addition there are a number of good emollients such as apricot kernel oil, jojoba seed oil, and sunflower seed oil. Skin will definitely feel softer and smoother after using this. While is doesn't rinse off to a "squeaky" clean as some cleansers do, that's a good thing in this case; the slight residue left behind will help soothe irritated skin, which is exactly what this product is designed to do!
Because of its blend of gentle cleansers, anti-irritants, and emollients, Gentle Hair & Body Wash definitely earns our recommendation as a baby body wash and shampoo. It's also a great cleansing option for adults with skin conditions such as eczema, rosacea, or very sensitive skin!
Adults can also use this as a shampoo, however if you have buildup from styling products or an oily scalp, you will likely need something with a little more cleansing power to be effective.
Note: This does contact a small amount of rosemary leaf extract. Rosemary oil is a skin irritant, however rosemary leaf extract poses only a small chance of causing irritation, especially in the amount included in this product.
Canadian-based Skinfix is part of a growing number of skincare brands targeting a particular niche. Instead of trying to solve every skincare issue out there, it has a very specific target audience; in this case, it’s people who have chronically dry, sensitive skin that’s prone to issues like eczema and contact dermatitis.
The brand’s site begins, as many do, with an origin story that relates the tale of Thomas Dixon, who crafted his own healing ointment for dry and cracked skin in England back in the 1850s. The formula was passed down for generations, and the Dixon family continued to make it after they moved to Nova Scotia decades later, where they eventually sold it in pharmacies. Skinfix as a brand didn’t come into being until 2006, when Dixon’s great-great-great granddaughter decided to make the concept into a skincare company, with the focus remaining on treating chronic skin issues and very dry skin.
For the most part, Skinfix gets it right. The majority of its products are fragrance-free and contain beneficial plant oils, skin-identical ingredients, and anti-irritants in rich, thick balms that will serve to soothe and treat cracked, dry skin. The line also includes gentle cleansers that are mild enough even for use on babies and children, whose skin is still developing.
In fact, the only misstep is the inclusion in a handful of products of fragrant tree resins (such as balsam tolu and benzoin) that could irritate very sensitive skin. They aren’t in large amounts in any of those formulas, and those with normal skin should have no issues with them, but for the sensitive skin they are designed for, they are not ideal.
Aside from this, Skinfix is a promising brand, with many products we recommend. The brand is available in the United States at Target, C.O. Bigelow Apothecaries, and diapers.com.
Strengths: Mostly gentle, effective formulas to treat dry, sensitive, or eczema-prone skin; packaging keeps ingredients stable; most products are fragrance-free.
Weaknesses: Some products contain tree resins that could potentially irritate sensitive skin.
For more information, visit www.skinfixinc.com or call 1-866-92-PASTE.
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