How’s your scalp doing?
Hidden under layers of hair, it’s easy to completely forget all about its existence. I know I do, until it starts complaining. You know what I’m talking about, right?
That annoying itching sensation that occurs when it becomes all dry and sensitive, and that makes you scratch your scalp like a crazy chimpanzee. So irritating, in every possible sense of the word.
To relieve our itch, Aveeno has come up with Skin Relief Soothing Shampoo, which promises to soothe the scalp while cleansing hair gently. Always ready to test multitasking products, I headed to the bathroom. Here’s what happened.
Clear and transparent, Aveeno Skin Relief Soothing Shampoo has a gel-like consistency that spreads easily on the head, covering it in a big, white cloud of foam. Seriously, this stuff foams like crazy, so go easy and use a tiny amount, or you’ll spend ages rinsing it off. Trust me, I’ve been there.
All this foaming craziness is due to the choice of surfactants (you know, those maligned ingredients that makes us all clean by helping dirt and sweat mix with water). They’re ammonium lauryl sulfate and cocamidopropyl betaine. They’re not the gentlest available, but they’re not super harsh, either. Somewhere in the middle. They cleanse hair without irritating the scalp, leaving my mane looking clean and feeling soft.
It also helps the formula is infused with skin soothers. One of my favourites, which is also the reason why I’m such a big fan of Aveeno (they put it literally everywhere!), is oats. Those unassuming little things (that taste amazing with chocolate chips, raisins, and mixed seeds – one of my fave breakfast treats) are amazing for sensitive skin.
A 2003 study, one of the many about oats, has shown they have anti-inflammatory and skin protective properties. Put simply, this means they can soothe skin and scalp, helping to relieve itchiness, redness, and irritations.
But, won’t they end up down the drain when you rinse off the shampoo? A big chunk probably will. That’s why Aveeno recommends you leave it on for a few minutes before rinsing it off. That won’t make it work as well as a leave-on product so if you expect super quickly results, you’ll be disappointed. But, it improves its performance a bit.
I believe, if you’re suffering from a dry and sensitive scalp, this shampoo is worth a go. It may work slowly, but, at least, it’ll give you soft, clean, and lovely-smelling hair from wash one.
Aqua, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Glycerin, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Chloride, Avena Sativa Kernel Flour, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Allantoin, Bis(C-13-15 Alkoxy) PG-Amodimethicone, Hydroxypropyl Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Ethylhexylglycerin, C14-15 Alcohols, Cocamide MEA, Isotridecyl Alcohol, Propylene Glycol, Sorbitol, Acrylates Copolymer, Polyquaternium-39, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Parfum.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Pros: Gentle, cleanses hair without irritating the scalp; Helps soothe the itch associated with dry and sensitive scalp; Smells good.
Cons: Not sure it’s a con, but it takes a while to get rid of the itch completely.
Summary: Infused with soothing oats, Aveeno Skin Relief Soothing Shampoo slowly helps relieve the itch associated with a dry and sensitive scalp while leaving hair clean, soft, and smelling gorgeous.