I’ve run into a second product in the past year that my skin reacted badly to—Oil of Olay’s Silk Whimsy body cream in Rose fragrance. I used the product once and noticed that the fragrance was very strong but didn’t smell much like roses-almost a fake chemical smell.
I wanted to try it out anyway-my truly fragranced products like Philosophy’s Falling in Love body lotion or Laura Mercier’s Pistachio body creme don’t have this effect, but these less expensive products have something in them that makes my skin VERY upset.
Within a day of using the product I got a few little spots–I thought it was heat rash because I went “trotting” which is slow jogging. I shrugged it off.
Used the product again and noticed that the spots became more numerous. Immediately stopped the product and applied a little cortaid cream which pretty much took care of the rash.
To mention another product, I tried St Ives body lotion, don’t remember the fragrance but also had a severe reaction to that as well. That reaction was so bad, my friend who is a personal injury lawyer thought I might have actionable issues.
I guess people with sensitive skin to start out with know to avoid these fragranced products but as I age, I think I am joining the ranks.
I read about Cerave’ products recently and a reader also suggested their lotions for their moisturizing properties. I bought the body cream version-I always go for the most heavy formula because I like extremes, and this morning my skin is pretty silky soft.
Cetaphil products have always been a hit with me and I really love a new product Aveeno Baby lotion with 24-hour moisture with oatmeal to calm the skin. Tried it at my mom’s house in Maui and really kicked Vaseline Intensive Care’s Aloe body lotion (which if I continued to use that would probably cause a reaction). Besides Intensive Care is so 80-s – I guess they have a lot of old faithful followers.
Johnson&Johnson baby body washes in the apple and honey or shea formulas are great too! Their baby body lotions don’t quite do it for me, but their baby body cream is pretty good.
It probably makes sense in the long run to make the switch to products made for sensitive skin-hopefully they have less chemicals?