Skincare is one of my favourite things and I’ll be posting up plenty of reviews soon, including various products from the Aveeno range. In this article, I’ll be focusing on the Aveeno Skin Relief Body Wash and Skin Relief Moisturising Lotion.
Product: Aveeno Skin Relief Body Wash & Aveeno Skin Relief Moisturisng Lotion
Active Ingredient: Soothing Collodial Oatmeal
Source: Home Tester Club
Aveeno was established in 1945 by two brothers – Sidney and Albert Musher. In conjunction with the Mayo Clinic Dermatology Centre in America, the brothers experimented with raw cereals to create a soothing natural bath additive featuring colloidal (finely milled) oatmeal.
Aveeno produces skincare that uses naturally active ingredients to provide the best benefits for your skin. Their range includes the following:
- Aveeno Daily Moisturising Range (body)
- Aveeno Skin Relief Range (body)
- Aveeno Baby
- Aveeno Postively Radiant Range (face)
Dry, irritated skin
My skin can become very dry so I’m always on the lookout for anything that can help me retain some moisture in my skin. When I was selected to review the Aveeno Skin Relief range by the Home Tester Club, I was so excited. I use Aveeno Dermexa on my baby and four year old and was keen to try out the Body Wash.
Aveeno Skin Relief Body Wash
The Aveeno Skin Relief Body Wash is fragrance free and moisturises while cleansing. I’ve become so accustomed to heavily scented body washes, that it felt a bit strange to use something fragrance free. But at least I know there aren’t any perfume additives in the wash. When I first used it, I kept trying to rinse and rinse, because I felt like I hadn’t removed the wash from my body. It took me a while to realise that what I was feeling was the wash at work moisturising my skin.
When you have dry and irritated skin, you need to make sure that the body wash you are using is not making your skin condition worse. This is why I love the Skin Relief Body wash. I use it on my son as well. His skin has been eczema prone since he was a baby. Using this wash makes sure that his skin doesn’t get dried out.
Another amazing use of the Aveeno Skin Relief Body Wash is as a shaving lotion – just apply to your legs in the shower then shave for a silky smooth finish.
Aveeno Skin Relief Moisturising Lotion
The Aveeno Skin Relief Moisturising lotion comes in a handy pump pack, which makes things nice and easy. No more fiddling with a bottle trying to squeeze the lotion out. The lotion glides on beautifully and is not too runny. It also absorbs really well, so you’re not standing around waiting for it to dry before you get dressed. You can feel that your hands are softer and not as dry, but they don’t feel greasy, so you can continue with your day without feeling like you’ll be leaving greasy fingerprints everywhere.
I found that the Skin Relief Moisturising lotion works really well for my four year old son on his dry, itchy eczema patches behind his knees and on the insides of his elbows. If I don’t keep his skin moisturised, he’ll scratch himself raw. Prevention is certainly a whole lot better than using steroid creams, so the Skin Relief Moisturising lotion is perfect to maintain the moisture in his skin.
For myself, I’m guilty of forgetting to moisturise. So my legs become dry and scaly – like a drought stricken mud flat. Using the lotion, I can see straight away that the dry, scaly skin is being moisturised and nourished. I’m trying to make it a habit to moisturise straight out of the shower. Which is the best time to do it really, as your pores are all ready for some extra nourishment after the heat and steam open them up. It’s also a great way to practice self care and take some time out for yourself during your busy lives.
If I had to choose between buying the body wash or lotion, I’d choose the lotion. It just feels like it can target dry skin a lot more than the wash can. You can apply it any time that your skin is starting to feel dry or irritated.
Naturally Active Ingredients
So what makes the Aveeno Skin Relief range so great? The active ingredients in the formulations are the secret to its effectiveness. Aveeno prides itself on the use of ingredients which are derived from nature and then uniquely formulated to reveal your skin’s natural beauty. In the case of the Skin Relief range, it is the colloidal oatmeal and triple oat complex which makes the products wonderful for soothing dry and itchy skin.
Oats have been found to provide the following benefits for your skin:
- soothes – oatmeal soothes dry, itchy skin
- moisturises – helps to restore moisture
- buffers – returns your skin to normal pH levels)
- protects – provides a protective layer on the surface of your skin
- cleanses – the oat particles adhere to dead skin cells and dirt, allowing them to be washed away
The Aveeno Skin Relief Moisturising Lotion and Body Wash work really well to keep my skin and my family’s skin beautifully moisturised. I would definitely recommend you try it if you’re looking for a solution to your dry skin. Do you have any other suggestions of products that work well for dry and sensitive skin? Let me know in the comments below!