If you have dry or eczema-prone skin, it's important to use a shower gel or body wash that can cleanse skin without drying it out—and is fragrance-free. Sometimes that can be a tall order, but there's good news on that front: Cleansing Oil Wash from Skinfix fits the bill perfectly and earns our highest rating thanks to its excellent ingredients and gentle formula.
Cleansing Oil Wash is packaged in a plastic bottle with a pump dispenser. True to its name, this fragrance-free cleanser has a somewhat oily feel, though it foams a bit when it comes in contact with water. It rinses off easily, but leaves a bit of a residue behind. That's a good thing, because what's left behind are skin-conditioning ingredients that will help soothe irritated, very dry skin.
Speaking of those ingredients, they include some powerhouses that are brilliant when it comes to treating skin with a damaged barrier (which is the case with very dry or eczema-prone skin). This features gentle cleansing agents that won't dry out skin, such as decyl glucoside and coco glucoside. While that's good, what's even better is the inclusion of a host of anti-irritant and emollient ingredients like oat kernel flour, chamomile extract, grape seed oil, jojoba seed oil, and sunflower seed oil.
While this is a cleanser, and meant to be rinsed off, the residue the oils it contains leave behind will still have a softening and soothing effect on skin. If you do have skin that falls into the category of very dry or eczema-prone, Cleansing Oil Wash is an excellent formula to consider , and one we highly recommend!
Note: This does contact a small amount of rosemary leaf extract. While rosemary oil is a potential skin irritant, rosemary leaf extract poses only a small potential of causing irritation—especially in the amount included in this product (and considering that it will be rinsed off).
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, it’s people who have chronically dry, sensitive skin that’s prone to issues like eczema and contact dermatitis.
The brand’s 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 didn’t come into being until 2006, when Dixon’s 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 aren’t 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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