Skin Calming Body Wash
Without question, Eucerin's Skin Calming Body Wash is an innovative option for those with dry to very dry or eczema-prone, itchy skin. It's earned our recommendation for many years due to its gentle, fragrance-free formula and attractive price.
Although this has cleansing ingredients, this cleansing oil does not look or behave like a typical water-based body wash. It is fluid and, being oil-based, a bit greasy, though mixing it with water does produce a low-foaming creamy lather that rinses surprisingly well. True to its claim, your skin will be left noticeably soft and smooth, thanks to its blend of non-fragrant, conditioning soybean and castor oils. Note that anyone with especially bothersome dry skin will still need to follow up with a moisturizer after you shower.
It comes in an opaque plastic bottle in multiple sizes, but the best value is the 16.9 oz. size.
Caution: Using this product may make your bathtub or shower floor slippery. Be sure to check that and clean the floor accordingly between uses. This product is not recommended for oily or blemish-prone skin.
Eucerin’s Skin Calming Body Wash soap-free formula gently cleanses and soothes dry, itchy skin. Enriched with omega oils and other natural lipids. Soap, fragrance and dye free.
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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