This fragrance-free body lotion is among Eucerin's better options, especially for those with dry to very dry skin. Although it isn't "professional" in the least, it is definitely a worthy contender in the world of well-formulated inexpensive moisturizers.
The formula contains a high amount of urea, an ingredient that helps restore moisture while also prompting some exfoliation. When present in high amounts, urea can feel tacky rather than silky, and that's the case here, although Eucerin has taken steps to minimize this feeling, and there is no question that research has shown urea is helpful for dry skin.
Professional Repair Extremely Dry Skin Lotion contains other ingredients that, true to its name, help repair dry skin by reinforcing its protective barrier. The mix of water-binding agents complements the skin-repairing ingredients—really all that's missing is an antioxidant mix and perhaps a cell-communicating ingredient such as niacinamide. Had those been included, this body lotion would've earned our top rating. As is, it's still worth considering if you've found that other body lotions don't do enough to improve your dry skin.
- Contains a very good blend of skin-repairing ingredients to improve dry skin.
- Would be better if it also included a mix of antioxidants and a cell-communicating ingredient.
- High amounts of urea can leave a tacky feel on skin, although Eucerin took steps to minimize this.
Alleviate and repair extremely dry skin with a unique concentrated formula with clinically proven moisturizers.
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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