Now that summer’s coming (hopefully, here in London, too), I’m trying to train my skin to do without a body butter. It’d be nice to use a lotion for once, you know. Just to switch things up a bit.
But, I can’t just quit cold turkey. My dry skin would throw a tantrum and get all flaky and cracked faster than I can say “damn it!”. So, I’m tricking it with an oily lotion like Neutrogena Deep Moisture Oil-In-Lotion instead. So far, so good.
Here’s why it’s working:
The first thing dry skin needs is moisture. Plenty of moisture. Glycerin draws it from the environment deep into the skin to keep it soft and smooth.
The problem with glycerin is that, when there isn’t enough moisture in the air, it starts drawing it from the depths of your skin instead. Translation: if there’s no moisture in the air, it dries out the skin.
Somehow, I don’t think this’ll be an issue here. I’ve just mentioned in case you live somewhere it could be a problem.
Elaeis Guineensis Oil
The second thing skin needs? A barrier that locks that moisture in. That’s where oils come in. Neutrogena promotes sesame oil in its marketing copy, but there’s more elaeis guineensis oil than sesame oil in here, so we’ll go with the former, ok?
By the way, elaeis guineensis oil is the scientific name for palm kernel oil.
Like all oils, it creates a barrier on the skin that traps moisture in, preventing it from evaporating into thin air. It’s very gentle, too (it’s often used in skincare products for babies).
Let’s Put It To The Test: Personal Use & Opinion
I love the texture: it’s not lightweight but not too rich either. It sinks in pretty quickly and leaves no greasy residue behind. I can literally slather it on and get dressed straight away. No waiting.
The scent is nice and clean. A bit boring but it’s not like I’m smelling my legs all day.
But, does it work? Well, my skin is super dry and this stuff can’t keep it soft and moisturized for 24 hours like it claims. But, it does last for 12 hours or so. That means I only have to reapply it once in the evening. Not too bad. Plus, it gives my skin a slightly dewy glow.
I think it’ll do just fine for this summer. 😉