Best Body Lotion for Sensitive Skin
If you, like me, have been blessed with sensitive skin, you probably struggle to find a body lotion that doesn't cause irritation.
You may think I am being facetious when I say "blessed," but really I do think sensitive skin is a good thing. Skin is the body's first line of defence and having a sensitive skin means you're much less likely to coat your body in a layer of harsh chemicals that could be harmful to your system. Although you might imagine that anything manufactured for your skin will not contain anything harmful to humans, but some toiletries contain a long list of chemicals that have either been proven to be carcinogenic or that cause concern.
Ingredients That Irritate Sensitive Skin
While what irritates my skin may not be what irritates yours, there are some ingredients known to frequently cause irritation or sensitivity. For instance most of us should use mineral sunscreens instead of chemical, and perfume (often listed as parfum) in a product is likely to cause irritation. Many preservatives also affect sensitive skin and so for that reason it is best to buy organic or preservative free products.
Essential Oils and Sensitive Skin
But be careful because some organic products rely on essential oils for preservatives and some of those can even cause problems for sensitive skin. Generally the oils that cause irritation are not used in body lotions - I've never seen black pepper in an ingredients list! But there are others that do get used, such as peppermint or lemongrass. Both of these are best avoided, as are clove, basil and wintergreen.
I have tried many body lotions, both the more conventional "hypo-allergenic" type and organic lotions. The two featured in this article, by Allergenics and Green People stand out for me as particularly good. Both these lotions are made in the UK and so may not be available where you live, although Green People is available on Amazon.com. If you cannot get these lotions, be sure to choose one that has:
- no preservatives
- no scent, perfume of parfum
- no sodium laurel sulphate (this is a known irritant for many people)
Avoid these, not just in body lotions, but in all cosmetics, including soap and shampoo. Since I switched to an unscented shampoo, my scalp has stopped itching.
Toiletries without preservatives don't last as long as those with, but most will last for 6 months to one year.
For more information on the effects and hazards of ingredients, check out the EWG website.
Warning: please be aware that this review is based on my experiences and that of my family and I cannot guarantee that your sensitive skin will react the same way as mine. You should test any new cosmetic on a small area of your skin first.
The Best Body Lotion
Allergenics hand cream is gentle and effective on even very dry hands.
5 stars for Allergenics "Skin" soothing body lotion
Allergenics Preservative Free emollient
This lotion works to protect your skin in two ways.
- It does not contain ingredients that irritate skin.
- It does contain ingredients that soothe and that protect against external irritants.
Some of the soothing ingredients are aloe vera and borage oil. Aloe vera is well known for soothing skin and in its pure form is even useful for sunburn. Borage oil is also known as starflower oil and can help soothe dermatitis.
What this means - and I can only report how this is for me - is that there is no itchiness or skin irritation after using this lotion.
The lotion is light and non-greasy, not too thick or thin. It lasts well and is reasonably priced, at least in the UK.
Other Allergenics products for sensitive skin
Allergenics make a range of toiletries for sensitive skin. Their emollient cream, which is available on Amazon, is much thicker than the lotion and particularly good for rough or dry areas of skin such as elbows or hands. I have used this cream many times and found it effective for restoring moisture, and soothing.
The Allergenics shower gel can be used on face as well as body. I find that most shower gels make my skin itch, and since I changed to Allergenics Wash this has stopped, so I am very pleased with it!
Although initial outlay is quite high, Green People products last a long time and are very gentle on the skin.
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Green People No Scent Natural Hand and Body Lotion
I love Green People's philosophy and I love their products. We started out by using their baby care range, then as our babies became kids we used their kids range and eventually I used their adult products too. Green People was founded by a mother whose little daughter was allergic to the chemical-based skin care products available.
Because Green People's products were created with allergic skin in mind, not surprisingly, they are great for those of us with sensitive skin. For example, I've had an itchy scalp and dandruff for years, and tried all sorts of anti-dandruff shampoos over the years. Since I switched to Green People's No Scent shampoo, the itching and dandruff have cleared up.
Green People's No Scent Natural Hand and Body lotion is thicker than the Allergenics one, which makes it good for hands, feet, elbows and anywhere else that needs some extra moisture. For me, this makes it not quite as suitable for an all-over lotion, but if you like a thicker lotion, this would be better for you. Although it is quite expensive, particularly outside of the UK, like all Green People products it is highly concentrated and does last a very long time.
Recommended for Extremely Allergic Skin
If you have additional skin problems such as severe eczema or psoriasis, then I would recommend this lotion rather than Allergenics one. This is because I did a comparison of other reviews of the two products, and not one person reports an allergic reaction to this lotion or any of Green People's No Scent range, whereas one reviewer did report a reaction to Allergenics cream. In addition, some people report that it even helped psoriasis.
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