The Aveeno Ultra Calming Daily Moisturizer Doesn’t Exactly Live Up to Its Name
I’ve been on the hunt for a cheaper option for a daytime moisturizer with SPF that won’t irritate my skin now that my favorite one from Boscia has been discontinued.
I hated paying as much as I did for that one, so I’m hoping I can find a new one without ruining my skin in the process.
Since I like Aveeno’s body products and saw that they have a calming moisturizer with broad-spectrum SPF 15, I thought my search would be short and sweet.
I don’t love this moisturizer. I’m sure it’s great for people with normal skin (it does moisturize well), but my sensitive skin can’t handle it, despite its so-called calming qualities (it contains feverfew, which is close to chamomile, for calming skin down).
When I put this on, my cheeks sting and get redder. I’ve gotten it near (not in) my eyes and they’ve started stinging, too. I’m disappointed.
The texture’s not as silky or lightweight as I’d prefer, but if it actually did calm (or at least avoid aggravating) my skin, I would overlook that.
It feels a little thick, but that doesn’t last all day. I’m able to let it sink in for a few minutes and then put makeup on top of it, though my makeup does look a little flakier, not as smooth, when I have this underneath it.
The scent is pleasant, almost like clean laundry, and very faint. Some of the ingredients make me question why this is marketed toward people with sensitive skin, though.
One, there’s fragrance, even if it isn’t very strong. Two, I realize that certain alcohols are not drying or irritating to the skin and have beneficial purposes, but the word alcohol appears again and again in the ingredients list. The same goes for “cones” and parabens.
I thought I’d found something less expensive than what I’d been using, and I neglected to check the ingredients list before I used it because I trust the brand to deliver results (like I mentioned earlier, I like a lot of the body lotions).
I’ll happily return this and get my $18 back.
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