Hydra Balm is a thick, Vaseline (petrolatum)-based ointment that contains some very good non-fragrant plant oils plus two anti-irritants and tiny amount of vitamin E. It is meant to enhance recovery time from cosmetic procedures such as peels and lasers, but also has use as a balm-like moisturizer for very dry skin. SkinCeuticals recommends this product for sensitive skin, but because it contains fragrance those with sensitive skin should consider this carefully, it at all. For the money, you can also consider Aquaphor Original Healing Ointment, as its formula is similar but fragrance-free. Hydra Balm is too greasy and slick to use regularly, but is an option for short-term use on very dry or compromised skin.
Originally designed to aid post-operative recovery, Hydra Balm is a multi-functional ointment ideal for treating the symptoms associated with severely dry and sensitive skin while improving overall hydration. This soothing balm forms a protective barrier on the skin allowing it to heal and regenerate, while also providing relief from itching and other skin irritations. Uniquely formulated to help lock in moisture, Hydra Balm maintains skin's hydration levels longer than normal moisturizers.
With a strong presence in the professional (meaning spa and aesthetics) skincare market, SkinCeuticals has a mostly well-deserved reputation for producing serious-minded, research-driven products, several of which are centered on L-ascorbic acid (a form of vitamin C).
There are many good reasons to shop this line; it boasts a lineup up impressive vitamin C products, as well as some good retinol options and sunscreens. Even better is that the majority of its anti-aging products are packaged in containers that will protect their contents from light and air. Focusing on what Skinceuticals does best (which is serums, sunscreens, and specialty products) will be money well spent for visible results. The main drawbacks of this line are some products that contain fragrance ingredients, as well as potentially-drying alcohol, though they represent the minority of the brands offerings.
For more information about SkinCeuticals, call 1-800-771-9489 or visit www.skinceuticals.com.
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