Daily Defense Body Lotion
The claims for this body lotion are all about replenishing and repairing skin’s barrier function. To that end, the formula contains a decent though hardly all-encompassing blend of ingredient striving to do that. The texture is light and fairly silky, but this is missing a lot of elements that could’ve made it a slam dunk. Where are the ceramides, lecithin, cholesterol, glycosaminoglycans or other skin-identical substances? How about at lease one antioxidant? They’re not on board, but the potentially sensitizing preservative methylisothiazolinone is. This is a marginally acceptable option for slightly dry skin.
A variety of external elements, like pollution and climate changes can weaken the skin's protective barrier, affecting your skin's health over time. Eucerin Daily Defense Body Lotion helps balance skin's natural pH level to enhance its natural defenses. Its patent-pending formula with provitamin B5, glycerin and a pH5 buffer provides all day moisturization while strengthening your skin's protective barrier against external elements.
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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