Body Repair Balm
Skinfix is a brand that specializes in products for very dry skin, particularly skin that has a damaged barrier seen in conditions like eczema. Body Repair Balm is the brand's heavy-duty all-over moisturizer, designed to help treat even the most parched skin with gentle emollients and anti-irritants. While Skinfix gets a lot of things right with this formula, there are a couple of ingredient missteps that cause it to earn just an average rating.
Much like the brand's Hand Repair Balm, Body Repair Balm comes in an opaque squeeze tube with a flip-top cap. It's definitely a thicker formula, but it is easy to spread out across skin, and absorbs relatively quickly.
As far as ingredients go, colloidal oatmeal is listed as the active ingredient, and that's good news: Oatmeal is a soothing anti-irritant. It's joined by others like aloe and allantoin, along with powerhouse emollients like shea butter, jojoba oil, and petrolatum to alleviate dry, flaky skin!
The reason this isn't getting a higher rating, though, is that this formula includes fragrant irritants styrax, balsam tolu, and benzoin. While they aren't present in a huge amount, keep in mind this product is designed for people with damaged skin barriers; any amount of potential irritation could do further damage (see More Info for details).
Were it not for the inclusion of those ingredients, Body Repair Balm would easily have earned our highest rating. As is, however, we recommend the superior products on our Best Body Lotions list instead.
- Contains soothing anti-irritants, including colloidal oatmeal.
- Beneficial emollients (like shea butter and jojoba oil) alleviate dry, flaky skin.
- Contains styrax, balsam tolu, and benzoin, all of which can potentially irritate skin.
Irritation from High Amounts of Fragrance: 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 for all skin types to go for all skin types (Food and Chemical Toxicology, 2008 & American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003).
The sneaky part about irritation is that research has demonstrated that you don't always need to see it or feel it for your skin to suffer damage, and that damage may remain hidden for a long time (Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008).
In fact, the effect of inflammation in the skin is cumulative, and repeated exposure to irritants contributes to a weakened skin barrier, slower healing (including of red marks from breakouts), and a dull, uneven complexion (Aging, 2012 & Chemical Immunology and Allergy, 2012).
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, its people who have chronically dry, sensitive skin thats prone to issues like eczema and contact dermatitis.
The brands 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 didnt come into being until 2006, when Dixons 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 arent 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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