Restorative Skin Therapy Itch Relief Balm for Dry Skin
Aveeno’s Restorative Skin Therapy Itch Relief Balm for Dry Skin is a very good, soothing balm for dry, sensitive skin – even skin that’s cracked and red.
Packaged in an opaque squeeze tube, this fragrance-free moisturizer comes out as a thick cream, yet melts quickly as it contacts skin so it’s easily spreadable. Despite its initial thickness, it absorbs quickly to a non-greasy finish. It provides immediate, rich moisture to dry skin and feels soothing.
At the core of this balm’s ingredients are proven moisturizing and skin-protecting ingredients, among them petrolatum, panthenol (vitamin B5), and dimethicone. It also includes a couple of forms of soothing oat extract, as well as aloe.
What’s most intriguing though is its inclusion of pramoxine HCL as its active ingredient. Pramoxine HCL is a topical anesthetic used to temporarily numb skin to block itching and pain. Here, it serves to give instant relief to irritated skin. It’s a thoughtful inclusion and one that’s especially helpful to those with skin whose sensitivity also includes itchiness, since consistently scratching at skin causes cumulative damage that leads to further problems.
While not the most state-of-the art formula around, it’s a gentle, effective moisturizer for sensitive skin and one worth consideration.
- Rich, creamy balm is hydrating without being greasy.
- Provides instant soothing moisture to dry, cracked skin.
- Includes proven skin conditioning ingredients.
- Contains pramoxine HCL for itch relief.
- Packaged to protect its light- and air-sensitive ingredients.
- Fragrance free.
Instantly soothe and relieve itchy, dry, sensitive skin with this nourishing itch relief balm. This balm is formulated with prebiotic oat, aloe, pro-vitamin B5 and pramoxine HCl. Non-greasy and fast-absorbing, this targeted treatment is formulated without parabens, fragrance, phthalates, and steroids.
Strengths: A few good cleansers and sunscreen products; fantastic Skin Relief Healing Ointment and soothing bath wash products; a handful of well-formulated baby-care products.
Weaknesses: Well-intentioned but ineffective anti-acne products; reliance on a single showcased ingredient (typically soy) that makes their anti-aging products less enticing than the competition; ineffective products to address hyperpigmentation; formulas packaged in a jar wont remain stable.
Beginning with its first product in 1945, Soothing Bath Treatment, still sold today as part of the company's Baby line of products, Aveeno has prided itself on using natural ingredients. In some ways, they were a pioneer in the field, though for years the only natural ingredient of note in their products was oatmeal. Consumer products giant Johnson & Johnson purchased the brand in 1999, and wasted almost no time expanding it. A handful of bar cleansers and bath products were spun off into complete collections of facial-care products and an ever-growing number of body lotions and washes, not to mention shaving gels (Aveeno is one of the few companies whose shaving gels are truly fragrance-free).
Not surprisingly, many of the facial-care products from Aveeno are similar to those from Johnson & Johnson-owned Neutrogena. The differences typically lie in the natural ingredients each brand promotes. A cornerstone ingredient for Aveeno is soy, while Neutrogena has experimented (with varying degrees of success) with copper, retinol, salicylic acid, and melibiose. Overall, Neutrogena has a much larger and more comprehensive selection of products, though their formulas are also more problematic. Aveeno would do well to diversify a bit, or at least acknowledge that it takes more than a single star ingredient to provide superior skin-care products. As is, most of their anti-wrinkle products don't compete favorably with the more well-rounded options, not just from Neutrogena but also from Olay, Dove, and, in some respects, L'Oreal.
Getting back to the issue of soy, you'll see from the reviews it is indeed a helpful ingredient for skin, just not in the same multifaceted, does-everything manner Aveeno touts on each soy-containing product's package. A big proponent for Aveeno's use of soy is dermatologist Dr. Jeannette Graf. She is quoted on Aveeno's web site, stating that "It is now clear that the ability of natural soy to deliver multiple benefits to skin plays a lead role in high performance skin care." That sounds great but it doesn't explain why Aveeno ignores research on countless other antioxidants, skin-identical ingredients, or cell-communicating ingredients, all elements Dr. Graf uses in her separate, namesake product line. Interestingly, with Graf's own products relying on a blend of efficacious ingredients, including soy, it's a good question why she decided to endorse Aveeno's one-note soy products.
The bottom line is that when it comes to shopping for skin-care products at the drugstore, Aveeno, for all its talk of being a leader in "Active Naturals," doesn't have the all-inclusive product assortment needed to take the best possible care of your skin. However, paying attention to their top offerings is time (and money) well-spent!
For more information about Aveeno, owned by Johnson & Johnson, call (866) 428-3366 or visit www.aveeno.com.
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