Last week, we enjoyed a bit of an Indian summer here in South Australia. I can't believe that I was wearing clothes that I would normally wear in the middle of summer - 3 weeks out from winter! Despite this warm spell of weather, my skin still looked like it does in the middle of winter, because the air was deceivingly dry and dehydrating. Combined with a cold spell we had prior to this, my skin has become very stressed - and my hands are the biggest indicator of this. When my hands become dry, cracked and split, I know that it's time to amp up the skincare on my body and face, as these generally tend to follow next. I need thicker hand creams, moisturising body washes and more hydrating body lotions.
So I was very keen to try the AVEENO Daily Moisturising Body Wash and AVEENO Daily Moisturising Lotion. Both of these products contain oatmeal - and ingredient which has been been used as far back as the times of the ancient Greeks and Romans. I have included some information from AVEENO about the benefits of oats further below. You may have also seen the recent advertisements for these products, with Jennifer Aniston as the new face of AVEENO.
All the info from AVEENO - Colloidal Oatmeal
AVEENO scientists have developed innovative processes to retain oatmeal's ACTIVE NATURALS. Active Naturals are ingredients derived from nature and uniquely formulated by Aveeno to optimise the healthy and beautiful appearance of skin.
The role of colloidal oatmeal in skin care
Colloidal oatmeal contains a broad-spectrum of non-denatured active components that provide a number of skin benefits:
- These beneficial components include:
- proteins: help moisturise and sooth dry skin
- lipids: replenish skin and help slow moisture loss
- vitamin E: an antioxidant, which helps fight free radical damage and help prevent aging
- enzymes: antioxidant properties, nourish skin and help balance pH levels
- polysaccharides: leave a protective film on the skin to prevent water loss
- saponins: help lift potentially irritating dirt and oily secretions
- avenanthramides: anti-irritation benefits
In my experience as a health professional, I learned that when the skin's lipid barrier is impaired, it can lead to skin issues (such as dermatitis). Therefore it is important to maintain the integrity of this lipid barrier with the use of topical products which help to keep this lipid barrier functioning normally. The lipid content of oats makes them a useful ingredient to help maintain this barrier and therefore reduce water loss from the skin.
AVEENO Daily Moisturising Body Wash
All the info from AVEENO
AVEENO Daily Moisturising Body Wash cleanses and moisturises for visibly healthy looking skin every time you shower. This breakthrough formula combines natural colloidal oatmeal - long known to retain moisture and soothe skin - with a unique blend of natural oils and emollients to lock in moisture. This creamy, lightly fragranced formula lathers gently then rinses clean, resulting in softer, smoother, healthy looking skin long after you shower. And it's soap-free, dye-free and even gentle enough for sensitive skin. FOR DAILY USE: Squeeze body wash onto a wet pouf, washcloth or hands. Work into a rich, creamy lather, then rinse. FOR SHAVING: Apply by hand as a rich shaving lotion for silky, smooth legs.
As an overall body wash, I loved many things about this. The texture is thick and creamy, and it lathers generously. The feeling on my skin after rinsing and drying off was just what my skin needed - it felt soft, hydrated and moisturised, but there was absolutely no residue whatsoever. I've tried many body washes and body scrubs that claim to leave the skin moisturised after use, but they leave a horrible oily residue on top of the skin. The Aveeno Body Wash manages to moisturise the skin without the residue, and it is also long lasting - even the day after, I could feel the improvement in hydration of my skin.
Scent wise, I find it really pleasant - it is fresh, slightly floral, but very modern. It's actually a very calming, relaxing scent, and reminds me of a Johnson's body wash that I purchased a few years ago, that was designed to be used at night time to help you relax. The scent does linger for a little, but I personally didn't find it overpowering.
I also used this body wash for shaving as recommended, and it worked brilliantly. For this method, you don't lather the body wash - you just apply it right out of the bottle, directly onto the skin. The razor just glided over my skin with easy, and my skin was left feeling much smoother and less irritated after.
Just a note regarding the ingredient listing - this body wash doesn't have SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate), but it does contain sodium laureth sulfate (also known as SLES). From my personal understanding, SLES is formulated to be less irritating than SLS. However, for those who have issues with sulfates in general, they might need to check the suitability. Even though I have occasional flare-ups of eczema, I didn't have any issues with this.
The verdict: A richly lathering, hydrating body wash which doesn't leave any residue on the skin. It's perfect for the colder months when skin feels parched, and works brilliantly as a shaving lotion, to help prevent dryness and irritation from razors.
AVEENO Daily Moisturising Lotion
All the info from AVEENO
AVEENO Daily Moisturising Lotion unlike ordinary lotions, contains natural oatmeal blended with rich emollients to moisturise your skin for a full 24 hours. The unique oatmeal formula of AVEENO also helps prevent and protect dry skin providing temporary relief of the scaling and chapping associated with dry skin. This naturally nourishing, nongreasy formula absorbs quickly, is noncomedogenic (won't clog pores), and contains no added fragrance. AVEENO Daily Moisturising Lotion leaves your skin soft, smooth and naturally healthy looking.
Clinically proven to:
- Relieve dry skin
- Moisturise for a full 24 hours
RRP: $3.95 (71mL), $9.95 (225mL tube), $12.95 (354mL pump)
Firstly, I love the convenience of the pump pack that the 354mL size comes in - great for the bedside table or desk. The consistency of this lotion is on the thicker side of the scale, however it glides beautifully on the skin, absorbs quickly, and doesn't leave any residue. This is a must for me when it comes to body lotions and hand creams - I absolutely dislike having any sort of feeling of lotion on my skin.
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This lotion makes my skin feel like it's slurped up a huge drink of water. And best of all, this hydrated feeling lasts a really long time - as stated on the packaging, 24 hours. I have been using this lotion a lot on my hands, as they had become extremely dry and cracked last week - to the point of bleeding. This lotion has really helped, because even after washing my hands, they still feel soft and hydrated. And they also look less red and irritated.
Although there is no added fragrance to this, you still get the mild scent of the oats. For some reason, it reminds me a bit of frangipane (almond scent/flavouring), but it's not overpowering.
The verdict: A thick textured, hydrating, but readily absorbed and non-greasy lotion. The hydration is long lasting, and can even be felt after washing the skin. Great to use on the hands.
Stockists: Pharmacies and Priceline nationwide
Official website: www.aveeno.com.au
These products were generously provided for consideration, and has been reviewed in accordance with Chic Beauty's Disclosure Policy. All thoughts and opinions expressed are the author's own.