DermaSeries Expert Repairing Balm
Dove’s DermaSeries Expert Repairing Balm is about as straightforward a product for dry skin as you can get (no bells or whistles here), but it does what it says, and does it well, which is what’s most important.
This balm-like moisturizer has a texture that’s similar to original Aquaphor or Vaseline. That’s not surprising, considering it contains petrolatum as its main ingredient. Even so, it’s surprisingly non-greasy, sinking into skin within a matter of minutes.
It’s packaged in a jar, but that isn’t as much of an issue in this case because it doesn’t contain light- and air-sensitive antioxidants, and isn’t water-based, so bacterial contamination is less of an issue.
Other good-for-skin ingredients included are four silicones, along with paraffin. While they’re all relatively basic, they each serve as skin protectants and hydrators, and will significantly improve the appearance of dry, rough patches of skin.
While it’s true that we’d like to see more ingredients present to restore skin’s barrier, such as hyaluronic acid or ceramides, the fact is that this fragrance-free formula can effectively soothe all types of skin.
- Texture isn’t overly greasy.
- Contains hydrating and skin-protecting ingredients.
- Fragrance free.
- Formula would be more impressive with additional beneficial ingredients.
Give your severely dry skin expert care with this soothing skin balm. It instantly calms and repairs dry, rough patches.
Strengths: Inexpensive; available in every major drugstore and mass-market store; some very good body washes.
Weaknesses: The Beauty Bars are not as bad as true soaps, but all bar cleansers present problems for skin.
From its beginnings in the 1940s with its still-available original Beauty Bar, Dove has expanded and the curiously curtailed its selection of skin-care products to the point where their facial care offerings are back to nothing more than bar cleansers.
Although their Beauty Bars have their share of problems (such as containing drying ingredients and not rinsing well), they're better than traditional bar soap. However, if you can get past your propensity for bar cleansers, neighboring lines at the drugstore offer better, gentler, water soluble cleansers (the kind Dove has offered in the past).
Where Dove holds sway at the drugstore is with its vast selection of body washes. Although the formulas often differ only by fragrance, for the most part they are excellent, affordable options, especially for normal to dry skin. The body washes in their men's line aren't quite as elegant as those in the main line, and guys should know their skin will do just fine with Dove's regular body washes.
Note: All Dove products contain fragrance unless otherwise noted.
For more information about Dove, call (800) 761-3683 or visit www.dove.com.
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