It’s no secret I’m a skincare junkie. What may surprise you is how little attention I pay to the skin of my body. It’s so easy to forget about it. It’s always hidden under layers of clothing.
But then, one fine day, summer comes along. Its warmth prompts me to shed those layers, and happily don sundresses and miniskirts instead. But there’s a problem. My skin’s never ready for them.
It’s always so parched, dry as the desert, and desperately begging for some moisture. Cold temperatures dry it out faster than you can say, “hello winter!” My negligence only adds to the damage.
This year’s even worse. There’s not much of a summer here in London. You get a couple of weeks of sunshine and warmth, and cold winds the rest of the time. My skin was more neglected than usual. It was not pretty, trust me.
Enter Aveeno Daily Moisturising Lotion. Simple and unassuming, it had often failed in the past to attract my attention amid the flashier, more colourful bottles lining the shelves of drugstores.
But if it doesn’t scream for attention, it’s because it doesn’t have to. The formula speaks for itself. It’s a godsend for dry and sensitive skin. Its secrets? Oats.
Oats, Unsuspected Allies For Dry, Sensitive Skin
Unlike most natural ingredients sprinkled in lotions for marketing reasons, oats actually do something great for the skin: they soothe it.
A 2003 study has shown that oats have anti-inflammatory and skin-protective properties that calm down irritations and redness, and help dry, sensitive skin get back into top shape.
Who knew oats could be so useful?
Glycerin & Mineral Oil: Attract & Bind
Glycerin and mineral oil are both amazing for dry and sensitive skin too. The first it’s a humectant: it draws water from the environment into the skin. But that’s not enough to drench its thirst.
For that to happen, this water must stay in. If it evaporates, skin becomes dry again. That’s where mineral oil comes in. It creates a protective barrier on the skin that locks water in. Together, glycerin and mineral oil keep skin hydrated for hours.
But isn’t mineral oil dangerous? Not the kind used in cosmetics. That undergoes a rigorous purification process. All those nasty toxins are removed. What’s left is a safe, powerful moisturizer.
My Thoughts & Experience
Aveeno Daily Moisturising Lotion isn’t really a lotion. Lotions are lightweight. This one has a rich, thick consistency. Not as thick as that of a body butter, but definitely richer than your average body cream. That’s good. My dry skin needs that.
What it doesn’t need is that annoying greasy residue so many creams leave behind. Thankfully, this one doesn’t. It sinks in so quickly, I can just slather it on, and get dressed immediately afterwards. It won’t stain my clothes or get stuck to them.
I’ve been using it for a few weeks, and I can already see a big improvement. My skin isn’t as parched anymore. It’s much softer and smoother. I don’t need to reapply it 30 times a day to keep it that way. Just once in the morning’ll do the trick.
I do have one complaint, though. This lotion seriously lacks antioxidants. Our bodies need them as much as our faces to keep wrinkles at bay. If Aveeno could include even just a couple, it would take the formula to another level.
But I still like Aveeno Daily Moisturising Lotion a lot. It’s simple and basic, which is just what dry, sensitive skin prone to irritations needs. If you need something that soothes and nourishes it, you can count on it to do the job well.
Aveeno was kind enough to share their secret, oats, with us, so it’s only fair we return the favour, isn’t it? So, here goes:
1. I apply Aveeno Daily Moisturising Lotion straight out of the shower, when my skin is still that little bit moist. That helps retain more water, making the lotion work even better.
2. I use sunscreen religiously. Our body needs it to stay healthy, and keep wrinkles at bay. It may ages slower than our face, but wrinkles will get it too if we’re not diligent with sunscreen.
3. I skimp on body lotions. I don’t mind splurging on expensive face creams, when they’re worth it (thankfully for my wallet, that’s rarely the case). But when it comes to body products, there’s no need to spend a fortune. As long as they keep my skin soft, smooth, and moisturized from morning till night, my skin’s happy. And so am I.
What are your skincare secrets?
Aqua, Glycerin, Distearyldimonium Chloride, Isopropyl Palmitate, Paraffinum Liquidum, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour, Paraffin, Cera Microcristallina, Stearyl Alcohol, Myristyl Alcohol, Benzyl Alcohol, Sodium Chloride.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Pros: Rich, non-greasy texture absorbs quickly; Moisturizes even very dry skin, leaving it soft and smooth for hours; Soothing, calms down redness and irritations; Affordable.
Cons: Lacks antioxidants.
Summary: Ideal for dry, sensitive skin, Aveeno Daily Moisturising Lotion calms down irritations, and leaves skin soft, smooth, and hydrated for hours.