Conditioning Body Wash
Conditioning Body Wash has a promising start, as the cleansing agents used are a mild blend that won't dry your skin. Unfortunately, the promises of "conditioning" aren't followed through with the formula, as there isn't much to be found in the way of moisturizing ingredients. Rather, what you're left with is a cleanser that contains a whopping 12+ different irritating and fragrant volatile essential oils. See More Info for the reasons why using excessively fragranced skin-care products like this are such a beauty burn.
Typically, we're more relaxed in our assessment of fragrance in cleansers, as these are generally in such short contact with skin before you rinse them away. However, when a cleanser is as loaded with fragrant oils to this degree, there is a greater risk of irritation (especially when used over the more delicate areas that are exposed to body washes).
Rather than pay your hard-earned cash for the itchy, irritating results highly possible from Conditioning Body Wash, try any of the many better formulated alternatives from other brands in our list of Best Body Soaps/Washes
- Contains mild cleansing agents.
- Loaded with a wide variety of fragrant essential oils, yet fragrance isn't skin care and these fragrant oils are far from essential for anyone's skin.
- Body washes this fragrant can pose a risk of irritating delicate areas below the neck.
- Formula lacks an impressive amount of skin-conditioning ingredients.
Irritation from Fragrance and Fragrant Oils: 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).
A rich, skin conditioning botanical cleanser for the entire body. This soap-free gel with a nourishing lather delivers all-over cleansing and helps moisturize to leave skin feeling soft and silky.
According to company history, Dermalogica products came into being because founder Jane Wurwand could not find a spa-oriented skin-care line that met her criteria. She was dismayed that so many skincare lines aimed at the aesthetics market had products that contained alcohol, artificial colors, fragrance, mineral oil, and lanolin, ingredients he believed had a well-documented history of problems. That's true for fragrance and alcohol (and artificial colors to a lesser extent), but mineral oil and lanolin have no documented history of causing skin problems.
The line is positioned as a no-nonsense, no frills take on skincare, with clinically-inspired packaging that does protect its beneficial ingredients from light and air. Speaking of ingredients, Dermalogica does include a lot of beneficial ones in its skincare, though there are a number of formulas in the line that also make the misstep of including potentially-irritating fragrance ingredients.
For more information about Dermalogica now owned by Unilever, call 1-800-345-2761 or visit www.dermalogica.com.
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