When it comes to skincare, the body is often ignored. And that’s a shame in the wintertime, because body skin is susceptible to dryness, redness, and irritation more in the winter months than other times of the year.
For those who aren’t used to investing $$$ into body skincare, Neutrogena Hydro Boost Body is a nice entry-point, at just $8.99 at Target. It’s replete with a lot of proven hydrators — glycerin, cosmetic-grade petrolatum, cetyl alcohol (“C” alcohols are hydrating), dimethicone, and sodium hyaluronate, plus a tiny bit of vitamin E. No, it won’t blow you away with exotically-sourced ingredients or newfangled technology, but it’s a good lightweight lotion that will work.
A note about petrolatum: I actually support its use. Despite internet rumors, many dermatologists consider to be among the best moisturizers in modern day skin care (Cosmetic Dermatology). Petrolatum actually does not clog the pores, either. In fact, petrolatum has been affirmed to be non-comedogenic and to not cause allergic reactions (American Academy of Dermatology Invitational on Comedogenicity).
Petrolatum also doesn’t cause cancer. Belief that cosmetic-grade petrolatum causes cancer stems from the fact that impure petrolatum contains compounds known as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). However, cosmetic-grade petrolatum must meet industry standards for purification, so, if anything, it contains extremely low to no amount of PAHs. Truth be told, the greatest human exposure to PAHs is through commercial-grade fuel burning, not cosmetic-grade petrolatum.
So, there you have it. If you’re looking for an ultra-hydrating lotion that is unscented, ultra-affordable, and won’t stain your clothes, look no further than Neutrogena Hydro Boost Body!
Ingredients: Aqua, Glycerin, Isopropyl Palmitate, Petrolatum, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ethylhexylglycerin,Caprylyl Glycol, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Carbomer, Sodium Polyacrylate,Sodium Hydroxide, Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum, CI 42090.