It took me a few months and lots of experimentation, but I’ve finally been able to banish dry skin.
On my face, I mean. If only I could do the same for the rest of my body!
That’s a lot more tricky because I love my steaming hot shower and long, warm baths. And when I say hot and warm, I don’t mean hot and warm. I mean so-boiling-hot-you-could-cook-an-egg-in-there.
What can I say? All that heat just feels so good. Until I get out of the shower (or bath) and my skin starts complaining. It’s now all dry and, often, itchy too.
I’m not ready to give up this guilty pleasure for good just yet, so I’m doing the next best thing. That’s using a soothing body wash, like Aveeno Body Wash.
To be honest, this was a very unusual choice for me. Both the packaging and scent are very plain, and those are just the two things that usually attract me to a body wash. I’m shallow like that.
So, why did I change my magpie ways and turned to Aveeno Body Wash all of a sudden? Oats.
Oats have soothing and moisturizing properties
Yep, oats. Or colloidal oatmeal, as the Aveeno marketing department calls it. Or Avena Sativa Kernel Extract, as it is listed on the label. But, it’s all the same thing. A very fine powder derived from the grinding and processing of whole oat grains.
Call them however you like, but oats are one of the most underrated ingredients in skincare. These unassuming little things have moisturizing, soothing, anti-inflammatory, and barrier-repairing properties that can alleviate the symptoms of dry skin, psoriasis, and eczema.
Basically, oats moisturize skin and fix its protective barrier (when it’s broken), helping skin retain all the moisture it needs to stay soft and healthy. They also soothe irritations, relieving the itchiness that goes along with them. If you have dry and sensitive skin, oats are something you need in your skincare routine. No excuses.
The Rest of the formula is very gentle, too
But, there’s only so much oats alone can do. What makes this body wash so gentle is also the use of several gentle surfactants, such as cocamidopropyl betaine, decyl glucoside, and sodium laureth sulfate (not to be confused with its irritating cousin sodium lauryl sulfate), that strip all dirt, but not all the natural moisturizing oils, from the skin.
Add in some glycerin, which draws moisture from the environment into the skin, and you’ve got a body wash that cleanses, soothes, and moisturizes skin at the same time. And that matters a lot more than a pretty bottle or floral scent, doesn’t it?
Aveeno Body Wash has a gel-like consistency that’s easy to spread on the skin. You don’t really need that much to cleanse the entire body, even though the opening is quite big, and tends to release more product than necessary, which is a bit frustrating.
Apart from that, I have no complaints. After showering with Aveeno Body Wash my skin is perfectly clean, pleasantly soft to the touch, and, most importantly, never itchy. There’s no uncomfortable feeling of tightness, which is such a relief.
Of course, I’m not ready to give up fancier body washes for good just yet. But, it’s great to know there’s something I can turn to whenever my skin gets too dry and itchy. If you suffer from the same thing, you should get yourself a bottle too.
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