There are so many body creams, lotions and butters out there but very few of them are worth your time and money. Somehow, the development and quality of body products has lagged behind face skincare, as if, that skin needs less attention than our face. Our entire body is covered in skin, our biggest organ in our body, and it needs the same nourishment and care all around.
Sadly though, even if you wanted to nourish your body’s skin as well as your face skin, you would struggle. Most body moisturisers, no matter of form or brand or price, contain just basic moisturiser ingredients with the added shea butter or other popular one to make it sound good. While shea butter is definitely a good moisturiser, it’s not everything your skin needs. What happened to hyaluronic acid, vitamins A, C and E, ceramides, peptides, anti-oxidants etc? The rest of your body skin needs those too!
I’ve been looking for a valuable body moisturiser for ages and I found another one that is worth your time and money. The Paula’s Choice Daily Replenishing Body Cream. Let’s have a detailed look.
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The Paula’s Choice Daily Replenishing Body Cream doesn’t come with outer packaging but it doesn’t really matter, it’s not necessary and it’s even greener this way!
The actual body cream comes in a baby purple tube of good plastic quality and it is initially sealed, so you will know if someone opened it or not. The seal will also minimise ingredient oxidation and hence, prolong the lifetime of the cream. Don’t open it unless you are planning on using it straight away.
It’s very durable and the product comes out by squeezing it. I love how this product looks, the baby purple works really well, and it will look nice on your beauty dresser.
However, there is a downside to the tube packaging. I know all too well how annoying it can be when you are trying to squeeze a tube with creamed hands, BUT a tube is the best packaging for a cream. Jars or tubs are not sanitary, and they allow air and light into the product, which in turn slowly decreases the ingredients’ efficiency.
Colour and Texture
The Paula’s Choice Daily Replenishing Body Cream has a white cream consistency. It’s thicker than a lotion but thinner than a body butter. It’s almost the perfect middle ground texture. It keeps the thickness of a nourishing body butter but at the same time also the spread-ability of an easy to apply lotion.
This body cream doesn’t contain fragrance and any scent comes naturally from the ingredients. It does have a subtle scent but it’s hard to describe. The closest I could compare it to is a plain cream with no fragrance. Just a cream. It’s neither pleasant or unpleasant but the lack of added fragrance is a huge positive, as it can irritate and damage the skin. You might not even smell it at all, it’s very subtle and goes away when you apply the product.
The lack of fragrance is not only a positive skincare-wise but also practically with other aspects, especially if you have pets. My cat hates strong scents and runs away from me after I use a, for example, strong coconut body butter etc so this product is great. Animals have a much stronger sense of scent than us and even if you think the scent is pleasant for you, the strength of it alone will be annoying to your pets.
One tube of the Paula’s Choice Daily Replenishing Body Cream contains 210mL and retails for £23. Given the ingredients the price is very good.
To get £7.50 off your first Paula’s choice order (minimum £25 order) click here.
Practicality of use – user experience
This product looks nice and is easy to use. The cream has the perfect texture, thick as a body butter but yet thin enough to spread.
The only drawback, which is only really a drawback if you want to be super picky, is that it is annoying to squeeze a tube with creamed hands. However, as I explained in the packaging section, jars or tubs are not sanitary, and they allow air and light into the product which in turn slowly decrease the ingredients’ efficiency.
As a result, this product has the best packaging and texture.
Paula’s Choice labels this product as compatible for all skin types and there are no ingredients that are skin type specific.
If you have sensitive skin and you are concerned, try a little at the back of your hand first.
Avoid the eye areas and use only externally. Do not use any cosmetic products on broken skin. If you have a condition consult with your medical doctor first prior to using this or any cosmetic product.
This product lasts for 12M which is more than enough time to use it up.
Here’s what the brand says about the product:
“Rich yet lightweight body lotion with ceramides and shea butter for daily hydration.
Intense hydration in a lightweight formula
Enriched with softening shea butter and replenishing ceramides, this nourishing body lotion delivers intense hydration in a lightweight, non-greasy formula. Plant-based antioxidants and skin-restoring peptides leave skin healthy and rejuvenated. Non-fragranced, it can be used daily by all skin types.
What are the key ingredients?
This plant lipid, extracted from the karite tree, is used as an emollient and has smoothing properties for dry skin. it’s also a rich source of antioxidants.
Major components of skin’s outer layers, necessary for their water-retention capacity and provide replenishing and restoring benefits.
Help to protect skin against harmful free radicals, among others caused by sun light and pollution. They have anti-ageing properties and calm skin.”
So, here’s the thing. I have oily face skin but very, very dry body skin. My body skin flakes, that’s how dry it is, if I don’t moisturise often. Usually, when I use a body moisturiser my skin is nicely moisturised for a day or two but then goes back to flaking quickly if I don’t moisturise again.
The Paula’s Choice Replenishing Body Cream stopped all that. I didn’t use it every day, I used it every 2 or 3 days, and yet my skin never flaked of felt dry. This cream might not give you that instant deeply moisturised feeling that other body butters do and if it’s just that feeling you are looking for you will be disappointed. However, your skin will feel normal and healthy after using this.
This cream nourished my body skin and helped repair my epidermis. It nourished and moisturised for the longer term, not just superficially like most, and even a week after not using it because I ran out, my skin was still not dry or damaged enough to flake.
Body butters should not be judged by how amazing they smell or feel at the moment but rather whether they actually do anything nourishing for your skin. That is what matters, not the 5 minute application experience.
Here’s the exciting category. This body cream is very nutritious for the skin. It contains a lot of moisturisers and conditioners, vitamin E, anti-oxidants, ceramides and even a peptide. It’s so much more nutritious than most body moisturisers out there.
With that being said, it is of course not perfect. I wish it also contained vitamin C and hyaluronic acid, but those two specifically are actually easy to add! You can easily and cheaply buy both as serums. Drop them in your palms and spread with the body cream on your skin.
For example check out these products:
To keep this post shorter, I am only listing the ingredients that have a skincare effect in the positives and negatives and ignoring the compounds that only or mainly play a formulation role. A full list of ingredients can be found further down.
- Water (aqua) – Water based formulation.
- Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil – A skin conditioner and anti-oxidant that gives the skin a soft and smooth appearance.
- Cetyl Alcohol– Conditions and softens the skin. It is a fatty alcohol and so it is not perceived to be as damaging to the skin as others.
- Glycerin – Found naturally in the skin so can be seen as a skin replenishing ingredient. A skin conditioner that helps improve and smooth the appearance of skin. A good moisturiser that is almost always present in moisturising products.
- Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter Extract – A good skin conditioner. Helps retain moisture by forming a barrier and reduces the appearance of rough patches and dry flakes. Anti-flammatory, soothes itchy, irritated or sunburnt skin. Absorbs UVB, anti-oxidant, emollient, skin replenishing.
- Butylene glycol – Skin conditioner that can also prevent moisture loss from the skin. Sometimes also used as fragrance.
- Dimethicone – Creates a barrier and can therefore protect the skin. Also acts as a skin conditioner. It leaves a silky feeling and can even fill in lines temporarily.
- Glyceryl Stearate – A lubricant giving smooth and soft skin appearance.
Easily penetrates skin, slows water from escaping by forming barrier, anti-oxidant.
- PEG-100 Stearate– A moisturiser.
- Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil– A yellow-green oil high in vitamin A,C, D, E and might also contain omega 9 fatty acids which aid skin healing and regeneration. It also contains lecithin and it has antibacterial and anti-wrinkle properties. It can protect against UV light and pollution (not as good as a sunscreen) and even has anti-ageing effects. It is a skin conditioning agent and while it is suitable for all skin types it is particularly good for the dry types. It can also moisturise, soothe and soften the skin. It penetrates the skin to a higher degree than a lot of other oils.
- Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil – Also known as Jojoba oil, a skin conditioner that can enhance the skin’s restorative properties.
- Ceramide AP – Ceramides are found in the skin naturally and can moisturise, improve elasticity and even reduce lines and skin irritation. They can also condition hair! Ceramides are great for repairing the skin barrier. Check out: What are ceramides and do they work in skincare?
- Ceramide NP – See above.
- Ceramide EOP – See above.
- Squalane – A moisturiser, source of replenishing fatty acids and anti-oxidants. Creates a barrier between the skin and the environment, keeping the moisture in and also conditions the skin.
- Cholesterol – One of the main lipids in our skin other than ceramides. A good skin conditioner and replenishing compound that can help maintain the skin’s healthy feel and appearance. Our skin naturally contains cholesterol, it works by strengthening the outer structure of the skin and protecting it from dehydration.
- Allantoin – Skin conditioner.
- Tocopherol – Refers to a class of compounds with similar activities to vitamin E. A skin conditioner, anti-oxidant and fragrance agent. Check out: Vitamins C & E – Do they work in skin care?
- Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil – A skin conditioner that can contain anti-oxidants.
- Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract – A skin conditioner and powerful antioxidant with anti-inflammatory and astringent properties. May protect against free radicals, prevent sun damage and preserve the natural moisture barrier of the skin.
- Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract – A skin conditioner.
- Hydrolyzed Acacia Macrostachya Seed Extract – A moisturiser.
- Phytosphingosine – A natural phospholipid that can act as a skin and hair conditioner. Has water-biding, skin restoring and preservative properties.
- Myristoyl Tripeptide-31 – A peptide with retinol-like properties, improving skin’s texture, tone and firmness.
- Lecithin – A lipid that improves skin equilibrium.
- Panthenol – Form of vitamin B5. A moisturiser and potential acne treatment.
- Hydrogenated Lecithin – A more stable form of lecithin which plays some formulation roles as well as being a skin conditioner and replenisher.
- Caprylyl Caprylate/Caprate – A humectant which can help improves the skin’s barrier.
- Ethylhexyl Olivate – A skin conditioner.
- Lactic Acid– An AHA that is naturally produced in the process of bacterial fermentation. Has hydrating properties and can help brighten and even out skin tone.
- Cyclohexasiloxane – Skin conditioner that feels silky and slippery. Also applies a protective barrier on the skin and prevents moisture loss. Fills in wrinkles and lines temporarily.
- Cyclopentasiloxane – A solvent that enhances fluidity and gives a silky feeling. It can also temporarily fill in wrinkles and creases. Can lock in water by forming a protective barrier on the skin.
- Maltodextrin – A film former. Some studies suggest it might enhance the anti-ageing activity of weak acids.
- Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate – Can help moisturise and enhace the delivery of other ingredients. Can be used as an acne agent due to its anti-microbial properties.
- Myristyl Alcohol – A skin conditioner.
- Lauryl Alcohol – Can act as a skin conditioner.
- Lecithin – Generally considered safe but some suspect this to be a carcinogen. However, there is no proof.
- Myristyl Alcohol – A study claims this to be a carcinogen and cause skin tumors in multiple tests, but only in high doses given to animals. However, more studies are needed to make conclusions. This compound is approved by the FDA as a food additive and by the CIR for use in cosmetics.
- Dehydroacetic Acid – A preservative, fungicide and bactericide killing off and preventing the growth of microorganisms. Controversial reports, some classify this as toxic and others as safe.
Ingredients that can cause irritation to some:
This is actually really case specific, as different people have different sensitivities and allergies. Just because a compound has been reported by some to cause sensitivity, it doesn’t mean you will have an issue. “Sensitizer” compounds being present is not a negative in my opinion, as this is the case with pretty much everything out there and funnily enough I’ve seen products that are targeted specifically for sensitive skin, containing some compounds that have been reported by some, or are known to be, sensitizers.
If you have sensitive skin or you are prone to skin sensitisation and unwanted reactions, try a little bit of this at the back of your hand first and consult a medical doctor if you are concerned.
Also check out: What is sensitive skin? What are the causes and what can we do?
With that being said, the following compounds present in this body cream have been either proven or claimed by some to be sensitizers, irritants, allergens etc: Stearyl Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Cholesterol, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Benzoic Acid.
Full list of ingredients
Aqua, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil (non-fragrant antioxidant plant oil), Cetyl Alcohol (texture enhancer/emollient), Stearyl Alcohol (texture enhancer/emollient), Glycerin (skin-replenishing), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter Extract (emollient/antioxidant), Butylene Glycol (texture enhancer), Dimethicone (hydration), Glyceryl Stearate (texture enhancer), PEG-100 Stearate (texture enhancer), Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil (non-fragrant plant oil), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil (non-fragrant plant oil), Ceramide AP (skin-replenishing), Ceramide NP (skin-replenishing), Ceramide EOP (skin-replenishing), Squalane (olive-derived emollient), Cholesterol (skin-replenishing), Allantoin (skin-soothing), Tocopherol (vitamin E/antioxidant), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil (non-fragrant antioxidant plant oil), Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract (antioxidant), Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract (skin-soothing), Hydrolyzed Acacia Macrostachya Seed Extract (antioxidant), Phytosphingosine (skin-restoring), Myristoyl Tripeptide-31 (skin-restoring), Lecithin (skin-restoring fatty acid), Panthenol (hydration), Hydrogenated Lecithin (skin-restoring fatty acid), Caprylyl Caprylate/Caprate (coconut-derived emollient), Ethylhexyl Olivate (olive-derived emollient), Lactic Acid (hydration), Cyclohexasiloxane (texture enhancer), Cyclopentasiloxane (texture enhancer), Cellulose Gum (sugar-derived hydrator), Maltodextrin (sugar-derived hydrator), Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate (hydration), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer (film-forming agent), Carbomer (texture enhancer), Behenyl Alcohol (plant-derived emollient), Myristyl Alcohol (plant-derived emollient), Lauryl Alcohol (plant-derived emollient), Arachidyl Alcohol (plant-derived emollient), Phenoxyethanol (preservative), Benzoic Acid (preservative), Dehydroacetic Acid (preservative).
This body cream might not give you that deep instant moisturised feeling, but that’s not what makes a good body moisturiser. It will deeply nourish your skin and give it the ingredients it actually needs to be healthy.
Finally, a body cream as it should be! The Paula’s Choice Daily Replenishing Body Cream will be the standard for all body creams to live up to. Give your body skin as much love as you give your face, and stop wasting your money on cheaper body creams that are leaving your skin starving for nourishment. Invest in your skin and body, you live in it!
To get £7.50 off your first Paula’s choice order (minimum £25 order) click here.
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