We’re always on the lookout for that perfect antioxidant serum that will help keep premature aging at bay for as long as possible. But how many of us use antioxidants on our bodies too?
It’s true that, being less exposed to the sun, our bodies tend to age slower than our faces, but that doesn’t mean they don’t deserve some antioxidant love too.
One of my favourite antioxidant rich body lotions, suitable especially for dry and sensitive skin, is Derma E Vitamin E Intensive Therapy Body Lotion, Fragrance Free. Here’s why:
What Derma E Says
Dramatically soften, smooth and condition dry, rough, flaky skin with this naturally therapeutic body moisturizer. Doctor-developed with a healthy dose of full-spectrum, naturally-sourced Vitamin E, this silky-smooth healing lotion instantly delivers superior antioxidant, moisturizing and nourishing benefits. Full-spectrum Vitamin E is able to restore and maintain skin’s natural barrier function, helping it regain its natural ability to lock in moisture and defend itself against elemental stress. With the full mix of tocopherols and tocotrienols (alpha-, beta-, gamma- and delta-) sourced from Cranberry Seed and sustainably harvested Red Palm Oil, this moisturizing lotion provides more complete Vitamin E moisture, nourishment and antioxidant defense against environmental aggressors. Lightweight for daily use, this non-greasy formula absorbs instantly to intensively moisturize and revitalize for healthier, nourished skin.
Safflower Seed Oil
Derived from the seeds of the Carthamus Tinctorius plant, Safflower Seed Oil is rich in fatty acids, particularly linoleic acid. Because of this, it has powerful moisturizing properties. It is able to repair the skin’s protective barrier, thus helping to slow down water loss. The result is softer, smoother, more hydrated skin.
Although when ingested Safflower Seed Oil also has antioxidant properties, it isn’t clear yet if it retains them when topically applied on the skin. Even so, it is a very beneficial ingredient for dry skin and can be used by everyone, apart from those who are allergic to ragweed.
Allantoin is an anti-irritant that can be found in plants, such as comfrey and horse chestnut. The type used in cosmetics, though, is often derived from urea. Allantoin helps soothe skin and calm down irritations, and is effective at treating eczema, psoriasis, and other skin conditions. Its inclusion makes this a wonderful cream even for the most sensitive of skins.
Derma E claims this lotion contains the “full-spectrum Vitamin E”, which I guess means they have included all its 8 forms. But the ingredient list only mentions tocopheryl acetate. There are ingredients, such as safflower oil and cranberry seed oil, which are also sources of vitamin E, but these aren’t as powerful as you may be led to believe.
Still, vitamin E is a wonderful ingredient to add to any lotion. It has strong antioxidant properties that help fight free radicals (one of the main cause of premature aging), and can strengthen the skin’s protective barrier, helping to keep it hydrated. But, unlike popular belief, it can’t heal scars.
Further considerations on the formula
Derma E Vitamin E Intensive Therapy Body Lotion, Fragrance Free features two humectants, glycerin and sodium hyaluronate), that draw water from the environment into the skin, thus providing some much needed moisture. The cream also contains a bunch of antioxidants, such as green tea, that help fight premature aging. It is fragrance-free (although a fragranced version is available too), which makes it ideal for sensitive skin too.
Full Ingredient List
Purified Water (Aqua),Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Allantoin, Panthenol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Organic Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil*(.1%), Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil* (.1%), Organic Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract* (.1%), Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid; Actimoist® Bio-1), Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract* (.1%), Elaeis Guineensis (Red Palm) Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin.
The Bottom Line
Most suitable for dry and sensitive skin types, Derma E Vitamin E Intensive Therapy Body Lotion, Fragrance Free is rich in antioxidants, moisturizing, and soothing ingredients that leave skin soft, smooth, and moisturized for hours.
Have you ever tried this lotion? What’s your favourite cream or lotion to keep your body moisturized in winter?