Every morning, I start off the day with a bowl of Greek yoghurt, berries and nuts sprinkled with coconut flakes.
It’s a delicious breakfast that gives me all the energy I need until lunchtime without reaching for a cookie (or two, or three – once I start, I can’t stop). Added bonus: it helps my digestion, too.
Lately, I’ve started showering with yoghurt, too.
Ok, I’m not using the real thing. Aveeno has jumped on the healthy trend and put yoghurt powder in a new range of body washes and moisturizers. But, was it a good idea?
When yoghurt is added to cosmetics, it’s usually in powder form. This powder is a source of lactic acid, an exfoliating acid that doubles up as a humectant.
In lay terms, lactic acid dissolves the glue that holds skin cells together, so they can slough off and reveal the brighter and smoother skin that was hiding underneath.
As a humectant, lactic acid attracts moisture from the environment into the skin, keeping it soft and hydrated. It’s so gentle, even sensitive skin can use it.
The catch? There isn’t a whole lot of yoghurt powder in any of the products in this range. Bummer!
Avena Sativa (Oats)
In skincare products, they hide under the name of colloidal oatmeal. Colloidal oatmeal is a source of vitamins and enzymes with antioxidants and soothing properties. They alleviate the symptoms of psoriasis, eczema and irritations.
Plus, colloidal oatmeal is so gentle, even babies and ladies with the most sensitives of skin can use it to get some relief.
Aveeno Daily Moisturising Body Yogurt – Apricot & Honey Scented
II’ll come right out and say it: I don’t like the scent. It’s lovely, sweet and all that. But, I don’t like the scent of apricots (yes, I’m a weirdo). Do you see the problem there?
If you share my dislike for apricots, go with the Vanilla and Oat scented version. You’ll make both your nose and your skin happy.
Now that’s out of the way, let’s talk about performance (cos that’s what really matters, right?).
This body cream is made with a blend of hydrating glycerin and moisturizing petrolatum. The former attracts moisture into the skin while the latter locks it in, ensuring it won’t go anywhere.
And nope, petrolatum isn’t dangerous. It’s derived from oil, but it undergoes a purifying process that rids it of all toxic impurities before being added to creams and lotions.
While we’re talking about misunderstood ingredients, this moisturizer also has isopropyl palmitate. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know I avoid it like the plague. It never fails to give me pimples. On my face.
My face is combo and its oilier areas can’t stand isopropyl palmitate. The skin on my body, on the other hand, is very dry and doesn’t seem to have any problems at all with isopropyl palmitate. I’ve been using it for several weeks and no pimple has reared its ugly head, yet.
Although it’s so rich and moisturizing, its texture is fairly lightweight and glides smoothly on my skin. It does a great job at keeping my skin soft and moisturized for most of the day. I only have to reapply it in the evening, which is cool with me.
Again, keep it mind my skin is VERY dry. For any other skin type, its moisturizing effects will last much longer.
Daily Moisturising Yogurt Body Wash – Vanilla & Oat Scented
The vanilla and oat scent is a lot subtler than the apricot one. But, also sweeter and lovelier (if you prefer vanilla to apricots, that is).
Scent aside, there’s not much to report. It’s a gentle body wash that uses a mix of mild surfactants (cocamidopropyl betaine and sodium laureth sulfate) to remove dirt from the skin and clean you all up well.
It’s loaded with glycerin to keep your skin hydrated while the surfactants do the cleaning. Afterwards, even my dry skin feels soft instead of tight!
Me thinks I’ll skip the apricot scented stuff and stick to the vanilla only from now on. 😉