Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Review - Lierac Hydrofilia Anti-Dessèchement Super Body Cream

A while ago I received a generous package from a PR person working for Lierac filled with items to review for the dry skin and cold weather season. Today we'll be looking at one of my favorite types of purchases: Body Cream. Specifically, Lierac Hydrofilia Anti-Dessèchement Super Body Cream.

Image from Lierac's Website
What the Promo Material Said
"Just because the rest of the body is bundled in layers of clothing doesn’t mean it isn’t affected too! The cold seeps through and depletes the skin of its nutritive and moisturizing elements, leaving it rough, dull and flaky. Specially formulated for ultra-dry, cracked skin and for the treatment of keratosis pilaris, Hydrofilia Super Body Cream ($36) contains a potent moisturizing and lipid-replenishing complex for immediate comfort and reinforced hydration. Enriched with lactic acid and urea, this luxurious cream helps diminish flakiness and skin tightness, reducing scaly and flaky skin by 98%.* Hypoallergenic.
* Self-assessment by female volunteers aged between 21 and 60 with very dry and" skin."
Check out what Wikipedia says about Keratosis pilaris


Ingredients
WATER (AQUA). UREA. MINERALOIL (PARAFFINUMLIQUIDUM).HEXYLDECANOL.HEXYLDECYLLAURATE.LECITHIN.GLYCERIN.BUTYLENEGLYCOL.CYCLOMETHICONE. DIMETHICONE.CHONDRUS CRISPUS(CARRAGEENAN).GLUCOSE.XANTHAN GUM. CETEARYL ALCOHOL. CETEARYL GLUCOSIDE. GLYCERYL STEARATE. PEG-100 STEARATE. POLYACRYLAMIDE. C13-14 ISOPARAFFIN. LAURETH7. GLYCINE. NYLON12. SODIUMLACTATE.TOCOPHEROL.FRAGRANCE(PARFUM).PHENOXYETHANOL.METHYLPARABEN. ETHYLPARABEN.BUTYLPARABEN. ISOBUTYLPARABEN .PROPYLPARABENBOTANICAL ORIGIN (D’ORIGINE VÉGÉTALE)

A Comment on UREA
I must say when I first saw "Urea" as one of the main active ingredients I nearly threw up. In case you don't know, urea and it's derivatives are a type of protein that is found in human urine. I've been checking ingredient lists lately and finding stuff you don't want to know about is a common occurrence for me now. But I still sucked it up and tried this product as my night time body moisturizer. I also subsequently discovered that Urea is also present in my favorite toner and a few other skin care products I've been using for a very long time. So my retching upon reading the ingredients and my husband's subsequent  tasteless comment of "wouldn't it be cheaper if we just poured pee on your face?" were completely ridiculous and unwarranted.

Texture
This cream is thin in texture, almost gelatinous. It is white but transparent when it dries. Once applied I do not feel the need to reapply this cream. My skin feels hydrated (well hydrated) for hours. This is a plus as other body lotions I have tried do not seem to have a lasting effect of feeling hydrated without feeling greasy. There is no greasy feeling here.


Scent
There is a flowery scent associated with this product. It's not heavy, but be aware if you are scent sensitive.

Cost
$36 for 5 oz. It seems a little hefty, but with how my skin has been upon using it, I don't think this is a terrible price.


My Experience
Over the last two months, I have been experiencing strange eczema patches on my torso. I don't know what's causing it, though my suspicions run toward my detergent. My dermatologist gave me a steroid cream to help eliminate it. It does do that, and only takes a week to work, but I hate the idea of using steroid creams to solve a reoccurring problem of "Dry skin". Enter Lierac.

I have been using Lierac Hydrofilia Body cream every day for about three weeks (since the patches of eczema have gotten worse). I am happy to report that once applied, any dry skin itchy areas are relieved. I am also happy to report that my eczema spots have reduced in redness and number, though some still remain. I'm going to continue to use it for a couple of more weeks, but so far I am finding it to be a nice alternative to the meds my doc gave me. I'm not saying you'll get the same result if you have the same problem, just letting you know my experience.

Bottom Line
If you are looking for some serious hydration this winter, I suggest you may want to give Lierac Hydrofilia Anti-Dessèchement a try. Just don't think about the Urea Factor or the price tag.

Full Disclosure
The products in this review were furnished to me by PR for my use, but specifically for a review. I was not paid to provide this review, and have provided my honest opinion of the product. I don't sell Lierac products, nor am I affiliated with Lierac in any way.
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