Are They Dupes?: SkinCeuticals Body Retexturing Treatment VS Olay Quench Daily Lotion

by Gio

a dupe for skinceuticals retexturing treatment

How do you choose your skincare products? If they go on my face, I take a quick look at the ingredients. Those with the most goodies come home with me. But when it comes to body care products, it’s often all about the scent. The better they smell, the less I can resist them.

Of course, I take ingredients into considerations as well, but body lotion formulas tend to be fairly simple and uninteresting. Anti-aging superstars that make facial creams so precious are rarely added to them.

Olay Quench Daily Lotion is a very welcome exception. Full of goodies, it can also be considered a dupe (if we don’t use the term too strictly) for the much more expensive SkinCeuticals Retexturing Treatment. Here’s why:

Ingredient Analysis

niacinamide molecular structure


Niacinamide is one of my favourite ingredients. If I had my way, I’d add it to every cream and lotion! Why? Because it is such an effective multitasker.

A form of Vitamin B3, it hydrates skin by increasing its levels of ceramides and free fatty acids and reducing water loss. It also helps fight wrinkles, decrease hyperpigmentation, soothe rosacea, and treat acne!

No matter what your skin type or needs are, you need to include some niacinamide in your skincare routine now! Both creams contain a generous amount of it, which is what I love the most about them. But which one is better? Let’s continue our investigation…

glycerin molecular structure


Glycerin is a humectant. This group of ingredients is little-known but highly useful. Humectants draw moisture from the environment into the skin, which helps to keep it hydrated and soft. Glycerin is the most common. Its quite hard to find a cream or lotion without it!


Hydroxyethyl Urea VS Petrolatum

Skinceuticals Body Retexturing Treatment contains another powerful humectant: hydroxyethyl urea. A 2004 study has found it is just as hydrating as glycerin, which is why it is sometimes used in its place.

Hydroxyethyl urea also has some exfoliating properties. By helping remove dead skin cells and providing hydration, it is able to turn dry and rough skin into hydrated, smooth skin. So, you could say that it has “retexturing properties”. The name of the cream doesn’t lie after all!

Petrolatum works differently. It’s not a humectant, but an occlusive emollient. It works by creating a barrier on the skin that slows down water loss, helping to keep it hydrated, soft and smooth.

Petrolatum gets a bad rep because it is derived from oil, but the two substances are by no means the same thing. The petrolatum used in cosmetics it is highly refined. All its toxic and carcinogenic impurities have been removed to make it safe for topical use.

Both hydroxyethyl urea and petrolatum are wonderful moisturizers that help dry skin get back into tip-top shape. Which one to use depends on your personal preference (and in this case, that of your wallet too!).

Further Considerations On The Formulas

Both Skinceuticals Body Retexturing Treatment and Olay Quench Daily Lotion are wonderful moisturizers for dry skin, giving it all the hydration it needs.

But I prefer Olay. And no, not just for the price. While I applaud Skinceuticals for its use of hydroxyethyl urea and niacinamide, two wonderful ingredients rarely used in body products, it also contains too much alcohol for my taste.

Although a recent study has shown that alcohol is not as irritating as previously thought, it may still cause dryness if used regularly. And that’s the last thing your dry skin needs.

The citrusy oils Skinceuticals has added to replace preservatives can also cause irritations too, especially if you have sensitive skin. That’s what often happens when you stop using parabens, which have been unfairly maligned. You swap safe preservative for irritating ones.

Olay Quench Daily Lotion instead, is much gentler. It is scented, which could cause problems if your skin is super sensitive. But it also contains a few antioxidants, such as green tea and vitamin e, that can help fight the premature signs of ageing, and amino acids, which work by binding water to the skin, providing even more hydration.

SkinCeuticals Body Retexturing Treatment Ingredients

Aqua / Water / Eau, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Hydroxyethylpiperazine Ethane Sulfonic Acid, Niacinamide, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat., Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Undecane, Dimethicone, Sorbitan Palmitate, Tridecane, Glycine, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Lactate, Carbomer, Cetyl Alcohol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Stearic Acid, Triethanolamine, Palmitic Acid, Dimethiconol, Chlorphenesin, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hyaluronate, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Oil / Orange Peel Oil, Limonene, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil / Sweet Almond Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Oil / Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Oil / Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Citrus Nobilis Peel Oil / Mandarin Orange Peel Oil, Mentha Piperita Oil / Peppermint Oil, Citrus Grandis Oil / Grapefruit Peel Oil.

Olay Quench Daily Lotion Ingredients

Water, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Petrolatum, Isopropyl Isostearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glycine, Alanine, Proline,Serine, Threonine, Arginine, Lysine, Glutamic Acid, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Dimethicone, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Panthenol, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Polyethylene, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, Behenyl Alcohol, Benzyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol Cetearyl Glucoside, Dimethiconol, Disodium Edta, Stearic Acid, Peg-100 Stearate, Sodium Pca, Betaine, Sorbitol, Ethylparaben, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, C12-13 Pareth-3, Laureth-7, Sodium Hydroxide, Fragrance, Tin Oxide, Titanium Dioxide

The Bottom Line

Although Olay Quench Daily Lotion is not an exact dupe of Skinceuticals Body Retexturing Treatment (it can only moisturize, not exfoliate skin as well), its high concentration of niacinamide makes it a wonderful, and cheaper, alternative. It is also a lot gentler on the skin.

Have you tried SkinCeuticals Retexturing Treatment and Olay quench Daily Lotion? Which one is your favourite?

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MonicaP July 17, 2015 - 6:03 pm

This was a really good comparison post because I’m always thinking that higher end is better .. but there are those hidden gems. I’ve added the Olay to my list .. will purchase when I’m due for more body moisturizer 🙂


Gio July 17, 2015 - 6:35 pm

Monica, I think high-end is often better for makeup. Those powders are more finely milled. But for skincare, that’s rarely the case. Most high-end brands just make basic formulas and charge high prices for them. At least Skinceuticals puts lots of goodies in its products, but you can still find cheaper alternatives. Such as this Olay cream. 🙂

Vivella July 18, 2015 - 10:32 am

Really great article thank you. Unfortunately I regularly see denatured alcohol in skincare these days, listed in the first few items, including some eye creams! I won some very expensive skincare in a competition last year, but to be honest I much prefer Olay Regenerist products!

Gio July 18, 2015 - 6:11 pm

Vivella, that bothers me too. I get it alcohol denat is cheap, but considering how much some brands are charging, you’d think they could afford using a more expensive ingredient…

Congrats on winning! I love the Regenerist line too. Works much better than a lot of more expensive products.


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