Aveeno Skin Relief Moisturising Lotion With Shea Butter Can Soothe Extra Dry & Sensitive Skin (But Not Thanks To Shea Butter)

by Gio
aveeno skin relief moisturising lotion with shea butter

“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 With Shea Butter.

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 With Shea Butter, my skin would have healed sooner. Here’s why:

Key Ingredients In Aveeno Skin Relief Moisturising Lotion With Shea Butter


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 With Shea Butter 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.

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

Related: 7 Ingredients With An Undeserved Bad Reputation


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 With Shea Butter contains 3 types of oats – Avena Sativa Kernel Flour, Avena Sativa Kernel Extract and Avena Sativa Kernel Oil – for triple the benefits. Yay!

Related: Dry, Sensitive Skin? Here’s Why You Should Add Oats To Your Skincare Routine


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.

Related: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Glycerin In Skincare

Let’s Put It To The Test: Personal Use & Opinion

Aveeno Skin Relief Moisturising Lotion With Shea Butter has a rich texture that sinks 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.

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 With Shea Butter 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!

Available at: £7.99 at Look Fantastic

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Have you tried Aveeno Skin Relief Moisturizing Lotion With Shea Butter? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Ingredients: 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, Isopropyl Alcohol, Sodium Chloride, BHT, Potassium Sorbate, Benzyl Alcohol

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y March 17, 2019 - 2:34 am

Hi. Thanks for the recommendation. I picked up some of this today to help with my chest wrinkles – sleeping on your side is not the way to go! I was wondering if I could run my routine by you. I’ve been reading your lists of what not to mix with what and have made some corrections so that I’m no longer using retinol & aha together. I have aging skin (late 30s), large pores with lots of oiliness but am also really dry. At night I use miceller water to take off my makeup, Kiehls Ultra Facial Cleanser, The Ordinary’s Vitamin C Suspension 30% in water, Kiehls ultra face cream and then the Ordinary’s Rosehip oil over top. I used to use Strivectin’s advanced retinol intensive night moisturizer, but couldn’t figure out how to use it with the vitamin c. I have really bad redness right now from acne scars, and I was hoping the vitamin c would get rid of it so am leaving the retinol for right now. In the daytime, I use the Kiehls ultra facial cleanser again (am I possibly over-cleansing?), the ordinary’s Nicinamide 10% + zinc, clinique’s dramatically different moisturizing gel and then wait 15 min and pat on Shiesiedo’s 50 suncreen. It seems like a lot!! Any advice? I also have Paula’s choice 8% aha gel but am afraid to use it in case I’m over-exfoliating. Thanks so much for any advice you could give.

Gio March 21, 2019 - 4:24 pm

Y, did your skin get worse after you started using the vitamin C? 30% is an incredible high concentration and can dry out skin if you’re not used to it.

I do bespoke skincare consultations, so if you need more help with your routine, you can book a slot here: https://www.beautifulwithbrains.com/skincare-consultation/


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