When I first started blogging about natural beauty I was already using Aveeno products, in particular their body lotions. Aveeno is one of the few ‘natural’ brands that’s available in high street drug stores such as Boots, so it’s pretty accessible, and not too expensive either. A year or so later and I still go back to Aveeno as a trusted brand whose products I know will be effective. So I thought I’d blog about their creams and lotion to explain why I keep going back for more.
First up –
Aveeno’s Skin Relief is designed for extra dry skin – especially for use during winter. Since my skin is always on the dry side and I suffer from Keratosis Pilaris on the back of my arms (little rough, red dots), I definitely need something very moisturising, especially in winter when the condition worsens and central heating also really irritates my skin. Skin Relief is a life saver for me. It’s the only thing I’ve found which calms the redness down on my arms and is an overall incredibly nourishing moisturiser.
This lotion contains shea butter which is known to soothe dry, itchy skin, plus their ‘triple oat formula’ of ‘naturally active oats, oat oil and oat essence’. It is fragrance free which is great for sensitive skin as much less likely to irritate. The formula is thick and rich and takes a minute to absorb, which I like as I don’t trust lotions which seem to get sucked into your skin, leaving no trace at all. I find something which leaves a slight tackiness or sheen is actually far more protecting and long-lasting. So this isn’t something that bothers me. However if you don’t have very dry skin and want something a bit lighter, especially in summer, this might not be for you. Which brings me onto the next specimen…
As a slightly lighter alternative to Skin Relief, I’d definitely recommend Aveeno Daily Moisturising Lotion. The two lotions are quite similar but this is definitely lighter and sinks into the skin a little quicker. So it’s a great everyday option in summer, or if your skin isn’t particularly dry.
This lotion also includes soothing and moisturising oatmeal extracts and emollients, which protect skin from the elements and prevent water loss, allowing it to replenish itself. It’s also claimed to help soothe eczema for up to 24 hours. It’s fragrance free and non-comedogenic so won’t clog pores (same as Skin Relief) so is great for sensitive skin. This gives me plenty of nourishment in summer and is great in the mornings as sinks in quickly, while still leaving you with the feeling you’re being protected all day long.
Last winter I got quite run down with a cold, made worth with all the exposure to central heating, wind and cold, the skin on my face, especially around my rose, was red raw and flaking. I went to my pharmacy to buy some cold fighting supplements (Goldenseal if you’re interested) and was recommended Aveeno Cream. This is a similar formulation to the other above products but more concentrated and suitable for the face – it’s not greasy. I plastered this on my dry nose and cheeks; it didn’t sting at all and helped hugely in repairing and soothing my dry skin. I also felt it gave me a layer of protection which was preventative against the problem getting worse when I went out in the cold, windy weather. This would be a great product to soothe sunburn too – so not completely unseasonal advice!
I’m a big fan of all the Aveeno skincare products that I’ve tried. Despite branching out and trying many others, they’re still firm favourites. What are your favourite body lotions?
Aveeno skincare is available at Boots and is very reasonably priced, starting at around £5.