Original Healing Soothing Repair Lotion
Original Healing Soothing Repair Lotion is the lighter-weight version of Eucerin’s Original Healing Soothing Repair Creme. Other than having a lotion texture, the same review applies: this water- and mineral oil-based moisturizer is not only as boring as it gets, but it contains the sensitizing preservative system Kathon CG (methylisothiazolinone and methylchloroisothiazolinone). This blend is contraindicated for use in leave-on products (Sources: Contact Dermatitis, November 2001, pages 257–264; and European Journal of Dermatology, March 1999, pages 144–160). If your dermatologist recommends this moisturizer as the only (or best) option for dry skin, run, don’t walk, to another dermatologist! He or she clearly isn’t up to speed on formulary advances for body moisturizers.
Eucerin Original Healing Soothing Repair Lotion and Creme provide long-lasting moisturization to relieve extremely dry, sensitive skin. Rich, soothing formulas seal in moisture to help heal very dry skin.
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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