Aquaphor Advanced Therapy Ointment Body Spray
Aquaphor's Advanced Therapy Ointment Body Spray is an intriguing and mostly worthwhile option for total body moisturizing, though it falls short of being the best-of-the-best.
This comes in a metal can with a spray nozzle, similar to spray-on sunscreen containers. Aquaphor says it's cooling, but that isn't because this contains harmful menthol; rather, it's the result of the propellant used, butane. Butane is a type of fuel, but in this form, it evaporates quickly so it's safe to use on skin.
The mist itself is ultra-fine, lightweight, and mess-free. It even sprays upside down as claimed. The ointment mist feels moisturizing thanks to the inclusion of petrolatum and mineral oil, but it isn't greasy. It's also easy to rub into skin and absorbs quickly—behaving far differently than Aquaphor's original ointment!
Skin-soothing panthenol and bisabolol are also on hand, and this is fragrance-free. The reason it doesn't get our top rating is because it lacks the antioxidants and additional skin-replenishing ingredients that make a truly great moisturizer.
Still, this is a convenient way to moisturize and head out the door quickly, so it's worth checking out or it works great applied over a lightweight, antioxidant-rich body lotion for times when skin is experiencing more dryness.
- Spray is convenient and easy to use.
- Isn't messy or greasy.
- Feels moisturizing and comforts dry skin.
- Contains emollient and skin-soothing ingredients.
- Would be better with a more impressive mix of beneficial ingredients.
Strengths: Inexpensive and widely distributed; fragrance-free cleansers; some good body washes and body moisturizers; widely available.
Weaknesses: Anti-redness products that added questionable ingredients instead of increasing the anti-inflammatory agents; nothing for acne-prone skin; jar packaging; some standard body lotions that are OK for dry skin but "OK" isn't good enough.
This drugstore staple line claims to be dermatologist-preferred skin care, but any dermatologist who recommends this line in its entirety without reservation needs a crash course in what skin really needs to be protected and look its best.
There are some basic products that a dermatologist would want to consider, but Eucerin falls short in products to address acne. Further, their latest facial skincare products aren't keeping pace with what industry frontrunners are doing in an effort to create elegant, effective products. For example, serums from Olay, Neutrogena, and Aveeno have much more interesting formulations, while moisturizers from many other drugstore lines (including Nivea, which is owned by Eucerin parent company Beiersdorf) include a greater complement of antioxidants and ingredients that mimic the structure and function of healthy skin. Eucerin is making some strides here, though, which is an encouraging sign.
A major pro for this line is that all of the products are fragrance-free. Although that's helpful for all skin types, it certainly isn't compelling enough for dermatologists to green-light this line without cautions about which products to avoid.
For more information about Eucerin, call (800) 227-4703 or visit www.eucerin.com.
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