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Curel

Moisture Facial Lotion Enrich

5.00 fl. oz. for $ 30.00
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Curel’s Moisture Facial Lotion Enrich isn’t a bad formula, but doesn’t really offer much to benefit the dry, sensitive skin types it’s marketed toward, making it largely a “why bother” product.

Packaged is a frosted plastic bottle, this lotion is actually more of a toner-like liquid. It’s suitable for all skin types, and leaves skin feeling instantly refreshed. It contains hydrating glycerin and castor oil, and skin-soothing allantoin but… that’s about it.

The formula lacks an impressive blend of beneficial ingredients that can truly go the distance when it comes to calming, relieving tightness, and locking in moisture as claimed. (We'd like to see soothing ingredients like licorice and willowherb or hydrators like hyaluronic acid.) It’s a basic formula that doesn’t do much more than offer some lightweight moisture.

Making matter worse is that this contains a small amount of eucalyptus leaf extract. While not as bad as eucalyptus oil, this extract still poses a rise of irritating skin – which is especially problematic as this is supposed to be formulated with sensitive skin in mind!

One more note: because the frosting on the bottle doesn’t completely block out light, this must be stored out of direct light to preserve many of its ingredients.

Skip this one, and shop instead for one of the much more impressive options you’ll find on our list of best toners.

Pros:
  • Lightweight liquid texture is suitable for all skin types.
  • Includes some hydrating and soothing ingredients.
Cons:
  • Formula would be more impressive with additional beneficial ingredients.
  • Includes eucalyptus leaf extract, which puts skin at risk for irritation.
  • Lightly frosted bottle means this must be stored out of direct light.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

Designed specifically for dry, sensitive skin, the soothing Curél Moisture Facial Lotion Enrich instantly hydrates to calm the skin, relieve tightness and to lock in moisture.

Water/Aqua, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Betaine, Methyl Gluceth-20, PEG-32, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Allantoin, Succinic Acid, Arginine, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Extract, Methylparaben.

Strengths: Inexpensive and generously-sized; contains a consistent range of tried-and-true emollient ingredients.

Weaknesses: None of the products are state-of-the-art formulas; several products listed as being good for sensitive skin or not containing fragrance are fragranced and/or contain ingredients those with sensitive skin should avoid; Many products contain a high amount of irritating eucalyptus extract the foot cream contains irritating citrus juices; the hand cream is overly fragranced.

Long a staple of the body-care aisle at drugstores around the world, Curel and its sister company Jergens (and Biore) are owned by the Japan-based Kao Corporation. Like Jergens, Curel offers an assortment of body lotions for dry, itchy skin. Whereas Jergens has expanded into an array of self-tanning products alongside their body lotions, Curel remains firmly based around body lotions for dry skin. Considering Curels specialty, its disappointing that so many of their body lotions disappoint, either due to average formulas or the inclusion of fragrant plant extracts (most often eucalyptus).

Theres truly nothing worth considering from Curel, and that sad. The price point is excellent, the sizes are generous, but none of this matters if whats inside the bottles isnt great for your skin. Dont get us wrong; Curels body lotions contain some workhorse ingredients such as petrolatum and glycerin. Those can be great for dry skin, but theyre just the beginningdry skin needs a range of ingredients, including repairing and cell-communicating substances plus antioxidantsand those are lacking in pretty much every product Curel offers. In essence, Curel isnt the cure for dry skin.

If youve been intrigued by this line, your curiosity can stop here. Curel isnt the answer for dry, itchy, or sensitive skin (indeed, several of its products are a problem for sensitive skin). Other drugstore body lotions offer more for your money, and without problematic ingredients like eucalyptus. Some of those may cost a bit more, but when youre getting a truly superior formula, its money well spent!

For more information about Curel, call (800) 572-2931 or visit www.curel.com

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