Aveeno Skin Relief Moisturising Lotion review

“Where have you been all my life?! I SO needed you in my teens.”

That’s the first thing that popped into my head when I tried Aveeno Skin Relief Moisturising Lotion.

Back then, I was so obsessed with makeup and skincare (for my face), I’d totally forget I had a body to take care of, too.

I’d literally jump out of a boiling hot bathtub, towel myself dry and put on clothes. It never occurred to me that I needed a body cream. Duh!

It’s not like my skin didn’t try to tell me. It was as parched as the Sahara. Itchy like a bug bite. Heck, I think once it even cracked.

That was my wake up call. It’d be a few years before I started moisturizing my body every single day, but from that point on, I did bother slathering on a body cream a couple of times a week. What can I say? Lazy habits die hard.

I don’t remember which body cream I used back then. But I know this: had I had Aveeno Skin Relief Moisturizing Lotion, my skin would have healed sooner. Here’s why:

What’s In Aveeno Skin Relief Moisturising Lotion?


Shea butter may get all the credit, but it’s petrolatum that does the moisturising job. It’s in 4th position, whereas shea butter is at the bottom of the list. Bummer!

So why did Aveeno Skin Relief Moisturising Lotion chose to go with petrolatum instead? Surely, that’s the devil?!

Not so fast. Just because an ingredient is derived from oil, it doesn’t make it bad for you. Petrolatum undergoes a strict purifying process that strips it of anything toxic and carcinogenic. The end result is a molecule so safe and gentle, even the most sensitive of skin types can use it.

Petrolatum is a skin protectant. It’s a fancy way of saying it creates a barrier on the skin that keeps moisture in, so skin stays hydrated for longer.

This barrier has another important job: it protects dry and sensitive skin from harsh weather, pollution, irritating skincare products and anything else your skin comes in contact with on a daily basis.

Because your skin won’t heal as fast if it keeps getting injured on a daily basis!

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Oats are Aveeno’s secret weapon. I’m not kidding. This breakfast staple is just what the doctor ordered for dry, sensitive and itchy skin. Here’s why:

  1. It’s soothing: Oats have anti-inflammatory properties that calm down irritations, sunburns, rashes, hives, eczema, psoriasis… you name it, it soothes it.
  2. It makes skin stronger: Oats strengthen your skin’s protective barrier, so your skin stays well hydrated (no more moisture loss, yay!).
  3. It prevents wrinkles: Oats are full of antioxidants, like vitamin E, ferulic acid and caffeic acid. They fight free radicals, so they don’t give you wrinkles.
  4. It’s gentle: Pretty much everyone can tolerate oats. If it’s good for kids and eczema sufferers, it’s good for you, too.

Aveeno Skin Relief Moisturising Lotion contains 3 types of oats – Avena Sativa Kernel Flour, Avena Sativa Kernel Extract and Avena Sativa Kernel Oil – for triple the benefits. Yay!

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I’m sure you’re tired of seeing glycerin in ALL your skincare products. But there’s a reason why it’s always there.

Glycerin is a moisture magnet. It attracts water – both from the air and the deepest layers of your skin – and dumps it into the superficial layers of your skin.

The extra moisture plumps up fine lines and wrinkles, makes skin softer and smoother, and gives the complexion a dewy glow.

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Rich, but sinks insinks immediately. Ok, it wouldn’t sink immediately into oily skin. But the dry, sensitive, itchy skin this is made for? It soaks it up in a few seconds.


It’s fragrance-free.

How To Use It

Every day, after a shower/bath. Or anytime your skin could use the extra moisture or soothing care.

Performance & Personal Opinion

The skin of my body is on the dry side. Sure, it’s not as bad as it was in my teens (I do take much better care of it now!), but that’s just it’s natural skin type, I guess.

Usually, I treat it with body butters. Anything with the word “lotion” in the name makes me run in the opposite direction. 9 times out of 10, they’re not moisturizing enough.

Aveeno Skin Relief Moisturising Lotion is the exception. It’s so moisturizing, it leaves my skin soft and smooth from morning till evening. No need to touch up during the day.

The best part? It doesn’t leave a greasy residue behind. I can slather it on and get dressed straight away.

If you’ve tried everything to soothe your sensitive, dry, itchy skin, do give this a go. It doesn’t have the fanciest packaging or the loveliest scent (good cos scent = irritation), but those oats do pack a soothing punch!

aveeno skin relief moisturising lotion with shea butter

Who Is This For?

  • Dry skin
  • Sensitive skin
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Irritated skin

Who Is NOT For?

Oily and/or acne-prone skin.


FYI, the packaging changed since I first wrote this review. The new bottle has a similar colour scheme (minus the yellow) and a pump applicator for ease of use.

It’s also available in a tube.

Does Aveeno Skin Relief Moisturising Lotion Live Up To Its Claims?

The formula is clinically proven to moisturise, soothe and protect very dry irritable skin.True.
The formula helps to improve the balance of the skin’s natural microbiome.True.
It gives you more resilient and healthy-looking skin from day 1.True.

Price & Availability

£6.55 at Feel Unique

Do You Need It?

If you have dry, sensitive, itchy skin, this is an excellent option to consider.

Dupes & Alternatives


Aqua, Glycerin, Distearyldimonium Chloride, Petrolatum, Isopropyl Palmitate, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Oil, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Steareth‑20, Sodium Chloride, BHT, Potassium Sorbate, Benzyl Alcohol