Consumer Reports Study Chooses Best Body Moisturizer

Recently, Consumer Reports did a study on body moisturizers, and the results were surprising, to say the least. Do you need to spend a lot of money to avoid dry skin? Let’s find out. Here’s how the study worked:

Twenty-six female staffers helped us out. In our temperature- and humidity-controlled lab, we measured the skin moisture on their bare legs in the morning with a special device. Then we applied the lotions and measured again after 2 hours, 5 hours, and 24 hours. Many of the products are claimed to moisturize up to 24 hours, and the ratings are based on that time frame.

Sixteen other staffers took home the four pairs of look-alike products. (We covered the labels.) A panel of 10 used the highest- and lowest-scoring lotions side by side. Our sensory panelists assessed each lotion’s scent and feel.

What they found in the study:

All lotions left skin more moist, but top-rated brands were about twice as effective as (other) brand(s)… Our staffers had no preference when they compared look-alike pairs. But most thought the highest-scoring lotion moisturized better than the lowest-scoring one.

What was the favorite? One of the lowest-costing lotions in the study. Surprise, surprise. You don’t have to pay a lot to moisturize your skin, and sometimes better products are less expensive. Good news for us penny-pinchers. And the winner is …

Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream scored the highest. It has almost no aroma, can be used on the entire body, and is even good for use on the face. It’s a moisturizer ideal for dry, sensitive skin. Cetaphil is fragrance free, and does not contain irritants like lanolins and parabens. It actually binds moisture to your skin, so you don’t lose it throughout the day. That’s good news for the upcoming winter months. If you have trouble with chapping or your skin drying out during those cold winter days, Cetaphil can help keep that from happening.

Do you use Cetaphil? I must admit, I haven’t. I am certainly going to try it now, however. Tell me your thoughts on twitter, Facebook, or leave me a comment here on the blog.


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