Remedy+ 911 Ointment Multipurpose Healing Balm
Skinfix claims you can use Remedy+ 911 Ointment Multipurpose Healing Balm for everything from cracked or chapped skin to scrapes and post-procedural care. Between the viscous consistency that helps create a protective barrier for compromised skin + research-backed soothing ingredients, this really is a great option to keep around for minor skin emergencies (keeping in mind that this should not be applied to wounds needing actual medical attention).
911 Ointment comes in an opaque squeeze tube and has a texture that feels similar to Vaseline but with a smoother glide that slips effortlessly over skin. Emollient-rich petrolatum, sunflower seed oil, beeswax, shea butter, and cupuaçu seed butter makeup up the bulk of the formula, forming a moist, protective layer that helps keep external factors from disturbing skin’s healing process.
The fragrance-free formula contains additional skin-soothing extracts and oils including aloe, rose hip, coconut, and jojoba. You’ll also find .5% allantoin, which is categorized by the U.S. FDA as a bona fide over-the-counter skin protectant. Altogether, this blend leaves skin feeling soft, moisturized, and comforted and comes highly recommended to spot treat areas of severely dry skin or any sort barrier-damaged skin.
- Creates a moist, protective layer to aid in skin’s healing process.
- Soothing extracts and oils provide additional comforting relief.
- Leaves skin feeling soft and well hydrated.
- Fragrance-free, ultra-gentle formula.
Active allantoin protects and promotes optimal healing of minor cuts, scrapes, and burns. This concentrated balm with cold-pressed cupuaçu butter, coconut oil, and jojoba oil moisturizes and softens skin. This formula is clinically proven to improve skin barrier function.
Canadian-based Skinfix is part of a growing number of skincare brands targeting a particular niche. Instead of trying to solve every skincare issue out there, it has a very specific target audience; in this case, its people who have chronically dry, sensitive skin thats prone to issues like eczema and contact dermatitis.
The brands site begins, as many do, with an origin story that relates the tale of Thomas Dixon, who crafted his own healing ointment for dry and cracked skin in England back in the 1850s. The formula was passed down for generations, and the Dixon family continued to make it after they moved to Nova Scotia decades later, where they eventually sold it in pharmacies. Skinfix as a brand didnt come into being until 2006, when Dixons great-great-great granddaughter decided to make the concept into a skincare company, with the focus remaining on treating chronic skin issues and very dry skin.
For the most part, Skinfix gets it right. The majority of its products are fragrance-free and contain beneficial plant oils, skin-identical ingredients, and anti-irritants in rich, thick balms that will serve to soothe and treat cracked, dry skin. The line also includes gentle cleansers that are mild enough even for use on babies and children, whose skin is still developing.
In fact, the only misstep is the inclusion in a handful of products of fragrant tree resins (such as balsam tolu and benzoin) that could irritate very sensitive skin. They arent in large amounts in any of those formulas, and those with normal skin should have no issues with them, but for the sensitive skin they are designed for, they are not ideal.
Aside from this, Skinfix is a promising brand, with many products we recommend. The brand is available in the United States at Target, C.O. Bigelow Apothecaries, and diapers.com.
Strengths: Mostly gentle, effective formulas to treat dry, sensitive, or eczema-prone skin; packaging keeps ingredients stable; most products are fragrance-free.
Weaknesses: Some products contain tree resins that could potentially irritate sensitive skin.
For more information, visit www.skinfixinc.com or call 1-866-92-PASTE.
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