Restorative Skin Therapy Oat Repairing Cream
Aveeno’s Restorative Skin Therapy Oat Repairing Cream is a good moisturizer that just needs a little bit more to reach the ranks of the very best.
This fragrance-free cream-gel moisturizer comes in an opaque bottle with a pump dispenser in its larger size, and an opaque squeeze tube in its smaller size. Both protect its beneficial ingredients from losing their effectiveness in the presence of light and air.
The silky-smooth texture is easy to spread, and it absorbs quickly into skin without a greasy feel – yet it’s hydrating enough for normal to dry skin. In fact, this feels similar to and has many of the same ingredients as several other body moisturizers from Aveeno.
Included in the ingredients are stalwart moisturizers including glycerin and petrolatum, as well as skin-conditioning dimethicone and panthenol. As with nearly every Aveeno product, it also contains oat kernel extract, though it’s the very last ingredient included here.
While this makes for a good basic moisturizer (and there is a time and a place for that), to truly restore skin’s barrier, we’d like to see a fuller complement of barrier-restoring ingredients present, such as ceramides, cholesterol, or omega fatty acids as well as more ingredients to calm sensitive, distressed skin as claimed.
This is still a good basic moisturizer for compromised skin (at a good price) – but with a few tweaks it could have been so much more!
- Cream-gel texture is hydrating, yet non-greasy.
- Includes proven moisturizing and skin-conditioning ingredients.
- Packaged to protect its light- and air-sensitive ingredients.
- Fragrance free.
- Formula would be more impressive with additional skin-beneficial ingredients.
Help restore the moisture barrier to improve skin resilience with this body cream for sensitive, distressed, dry skin. This cream contains prebiotic oat, aloe and pro-vitamin B5, and is formulated without parabens, fragrance, phthalates, and steroids. This daily lotion is part of a clinically proven effective regimen on the distressed skin of adult oncology patients.* In user tests, 87% agree that this restorative body cream provides long-lasting comfort and leaves dry skin looking visibly healthier.
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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