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Every year I suffer from dry skin that gets so bad that my skin can actually start to split and bleed. I was convinced it was eczema but my doctor told me that it was a condition known as winter dry skin or 'winter itch' and is caused by low humidity in the air from central heating etc. Bathing in hot water and going from hot to cold environments also contribute to sucking out what moisture is in the skin. It is a painful uncomfortable condition and one that I need to keep on top of everyday to keep it in check.
Normal body lotions do absolutely nothing for me as the dryness is so bad they are immediately sucked into my skin but do nothing for the outer layers where the itchiness and scabbing occur. I have learnt over the years to make sure that I have cool baths and to immediately put on a heavy duty thick greasy cream such as an aqueous cream as soon as I get out of the bath and to reapply several times throughout the day as this is the only way to keep my skin moisturised enough so that the stinging and itchiness don't start.
I usually stick to aqueous cream as it is so cheap and really effective for me. It isn't the nicest thing to use however as it is so greasy and can end up blocking my pores on my body causing me to get some spots which is something I don't normally suffer from on my body.
My sister works in a beauty salon and brought me home a bottle of Dermalogica ultra rich body lotion that had nearly ¾ left in the bottle for me to try. They use the bottle in the salon as a tester but as someone had been a little bit too enthusiastic with the pump action dispenser and broke it the salon had replaced the bottle and said she could have the broken one.
The ultra rich body lotion comes in a large bottle containing 473ml of the lotion which is good as there is nothing worse than buying something that is designed to be used on such a large area like the body in a tiny bottle that you know is only going to last for a few days.
The lotion itself is white in colour and doesn't have a heavy smell. The lotion comes out looking more like a heavy cream than a lotion but what is so good about this is that the cream actually changes upon contact with the skin. The cream actually becomes more lotion like when you start to rub it in to the skin and it actually liquefies so that you can get a little in your hands and when you start to rub it in it will actually spread a lot better than a thick cream and do a larger area of skin at a time. For example a small amount of the lotion will do my entire chest and stomach area whereas with aqueous cream because it is so thick I spend ages rubbing it in to the same area because it doesn't spread very well.
As well as spreading really well the lotion didn't just absorb in to my skin straight away and it took a good 5 to 10 minutes before I could dress again. This has its good points and its bad points. It meant that I could make sure I had applied the cream everywhere but it also meant that I couldn't just put my clothes straight back on in case I stained them,
This lotion was like the love child of a light lotion and a heavy emollient cream. It moisturised nearly as well as an emollient but it didn't have the heavy greasy feeling that emollients have. I didn't have to spend ages rubbing it in like with an emollient to ensure that there was no white greasy residue on my skin and once it had absorbed my skin was touch dry with no greasy layer on top to stain my clothing with.
I was really impressed that a lotion could be so moisturising. Almost immediately on contact with my skin it was left feeling so much more comfortable and it took the itching away. The texture of my skin was left looking much better too and it helped take away the course almost lined texture that is a symptom of winter dry skin condition.
One of the best things about this lotion is that it offered long lasting relief from the itchiness and dryness. Usually when I have tried lotions even those that promise intense moisture they give me an immediate relief but this only lasts for an hour maximum before the dry skin symptoms come back. With this lotion I could put it on in the morning and I wouldn't have to reapply it until late afternoon/night-time again.
I did notice though that when applying it on severely dry areas such as my shoulders I did need to apply it twice as once wasn't enough for these extra dry areas.
During my time using the lotion my skin felt moisturised but it also felt and looked healthier. The texture of my skin was much improved as I mentioned but it also didn't clog my pores up and I didn't suffer from any spots on my back and chest when using it which I can only put down to the quality ingredients and its lighter non greasy consistency.
The lotion can be used by even the most sensitive skin including those who suffer from eczema. Ingredients include pure vitamin E and hydrolic acid which is responsible for its excellent moisturising properties as it is able to hold moisture in the skin up to 1000 times better. Panthenol also helps to repair skin and help it look healthier.
Because it spreads so well Dermalogica also recommend using the lotion in place of a massage oil for deeply moisturising massages.
I absolutely loved this body lotion and thought that it gave amazing results. It wasn't quite as moisturising as my aqueous cream but then again it didn't feel as heavy and uncomfortable on my skin and for a lotion it is by far the most moisturising one I have ever tried. However there is a price to pay for such a quality product and that price is £37 for a bottle. As much as I liked this and thought it was great on my skin I am not sure I can justify spending so much money on it when my aqueous cream moisturises better albeit not as nice to use for only a few pounds.
I have used many of Dermalogica's skincare products and one the more recent ones to come under my scrutiny is the Dermalogica Ultra Rich Body Cream. This body cream is basically a moisturiser. With a lot of past and current experience with Dermalogica products I know how good some of them are at caring for my skin, so when I came across this body cream I decided to give it a go. Priced at around the £27 mark for a 473ml bottle it most certainly isn't cheap, especially considering it is a moisturiser.
In typical Dermalogica fashion the packaging is a simple white bottle with navy blue branding on it. The pump-action top is white with a matching navy blue collar. As ever this gives the product a clean and professional finish and straight away I am drawn in. As I use Dermalogica products regularly I love that the bottles are all uniformly similar, but this can get confusing as I have to be careful when reading the smaller text stating what the bottle holds.
The body cream certainly is rich. When I dispense a small amount onto my fingers I notice how very rich and creamy it is and it is thick but not too gloopy. According to Dermalogica, this body cream is designed to relieve extra dry skin and is also long-lasting. Vitamin E is present to help restore the skin barrier function and reduce moisture loss. Eczema sufferers will most definately find the appeal of this product. I have a cousin that found this body cream very effective on their skin and having borrowed my bottle they subsequently bought their own - what more recommendation could you wish for?!
I like the big size of the bottle. Although the price is quite high I think this is one product you could really do to try on your skin before purchase. Saying that, I am sure you wouldn't struggle to find someone willing to sacrifice themselves and take this off your hands!
The body cream does feel great on my skin and ultimately the most important thing is does this work? If you have particular areas of dry skin then I am confident that this body cream would help restore the barrier against moisture loss and return the skin to natural health. I don't use this body cream daily, just on dry skin such as on my feet, especially between my toes and sole of the foot and also on my hands as the cold weather is causing noticeable dry skin patches.
Being a huge make up fan I was delighted when my OH aunt walked through the door with a box of make up and offered it to me, of course I didn't refuse and was soon upstairs rumaging through all the make up, I was shocked to see that most of it was very expensive, Clinique, Dermalogica, Clarins! Estee Lauder..I couldn't wait to try out everything because I know that with some products you really do get what you pay for.
The RRP retail price of this is £37.00 I can see after a nosey online, you get 473ml of product, its very expensive in my opinion for a skin cream which is basically just a moisturiser. I would recommend looking around online as I seen it for quite low prices!
The appearance, like most of their other products is once again very nice and simple.
It actually looks quite similar to one I was prescribed my doctor, except the bottles white!
Its quite a rounded shape and stands on its bottom, like I said its white opaque in colour and has the Dermalogica logo down the side of it in a deep blue colour, it has a white pump with a thick blue rim underneath that which matches the bottle.
Over the rest of the bottle is some more information you may find useful.
Overall, I like the design and nothing I could say which is bad.
What are the claims? Dermalogica Ultra Rich Body Cream is an ultra-rich, long-lasting body cream designed to help heal and relieve extra dry skin. This unique liquefying formula is also ideal for all-over, deeply-moisturising body massages. Fortified with Dermalogica's Environmental Protection Complex of Glycolipids and Vitamin E to help restore and enhance the barrier function of skin, reducing moisture loss while combating free radical damage. Hyaluronic Acid and Evening Primrose Oil, a concentrated source of skin-smoothing Linoleic Acid, quenches and reconditions thirsty skin while Panthenol aids in cellular repair. *TOOK FROM PURE-BEAUTY WEBSITE*
This really appealed to me, because I do suffer from eczema on my upper arms so having a cream what works is a lovely thing as sometimes wearing clothes which show my arms can be a confidence knocker as my arms go quite funny with fake tan, and look all patchy! not a good look.
As with most moisturisers I usually use after a shower/bath because I just find that works better for me, and I am sure for other people too. There was around 250ml left in the bottle.
I found the cream had no scent to it, it was a plain white colour and was quite rich and heavy feeling, it did feel very greasy considering it was not meant to be greasy. The cream was easy to apply to my skin and I was told to take my time massaging it into the areas which needed it most, so I took a good 5 minutes massaging it in, I did notice that the cream did still feel very greasy on my skin even after around 5 minutes which wasn't good in the slightest as it just makes me feel unclean and all sticky, then I usually get to hot and sweaty! not good.
After being applied it took about 15 minutes until it dried completely into my skin, and I have to admit my skin didn't feel greasy any more, and my eczema was a lot more easy on the eyes, I noticed after I applied my fake tan too the patches were not as bad. I used this everyday combined with a body scrub I had received to and I have to be honest my eczema disappeared while I was in use of this.
I used this on my face too but it broke me out even more than I am so I stopped!
Over all, I would recommend for those who are rich, have very dry skin and need a bit of a boost to make them feel better about it and just want a expensive product.
I wouldn't buy it myself as it broke me out on my face and the one I was prescribed by my doctor was nearly just as good when used with my Champneys body scrub so..
I've not long reviewed the conditioning body wash from Dermalogica and since I use them in along side each other I thought it best to review this too. The body wash always makes my skin feel wonderfully conditioned but I would never go without a body concentrate or body cream afterwards.
This body cream really is ultra rich and yet it never feels greasy !! My daughter for example who has exczema loves using this or the Elemis milk bath as her body treatment, so it suits all skin types.
*Who is this for ? *
Everyone with skin !! Even those with oilier skin types on their faces tend to have a need for a rich body cream !! This would suit dry skin types and very dry skin types too. However, it's not too thick and greasy if you are used to using a hydrating body concentrate and wish to continue to layer that underneath if you have VERY dry skin problems.
*How to use*
If you like to use a body concentrate ( i.e a body serum type product that targets certain skin issues ) then I would use this cream after that to help lock in the ingredients. That said, this is ultra rich enough to be moisturising in its own right.
I prefer to towel dry before using this particular cream, so if you're used to using a body oil ( such as Monoi moisture melt from Elemis ) that is applied onto damp skin, then I would alter your habit and wait until your skin is a little drier. If you're in a rush then there's no problem adding it to damp skin but in my opinion it takes away some of the richness of the cream by adding it onto damp skin. But each to their own and see what's best for you.
*Why this works*
Two of my personal favourite hydrating and moisturising ingredients are in this body cream. Hyaluronic Acid amd Shea Butter. ( Please note that Shea butter is produced from the oil from the Shea nut. It's not known thus far to cause any problems for people with nut allergies but best to make note of this anyway. ) Hyaluronic Acid is an ingredient that is capable of holding 1000 times its own weight in water, which makes it a wonderfully hydrating ingredient and wonderful to find in a body product. Shea butter is wonderfully moisturising on the skin whilst thought to have healing and rejuventating properties on the skin also.
On top of those it also contains forms of Vitamin E , Evening Primrose oil and Vitamin B5 all of which moisturise, hydrate and help protect the skin.
Ingredients: Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia ) Extract, Dicaprylyl Maleate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Isopropyl Isostearate, Butylene Glycol, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Cetyl Dimethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 60, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glycolipids, Hyaluronic Acid, Evening Primrose (Oenothera Biennis) Oil, Shea Butter (Butyropermum Parkii), Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Disodium EDTA, Trethanolamine, DMDM Hydantoin, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Propylparaben, Methylparaben