Beauty Test Drive: Curel Itch Defense Lotion
I was cursed with dry skin. When I was younger, I could literally write on my legs because they were so ashy. And as I’ve aged, I’ve developed a slight case of eczema. After years of trying every lotion I could find, I finally developed a regimen that kept my skin moisturized for a day, at best. After showering, I’d apply baby oil while my skin was still wet and then lotion after my skin was dry. But this regimen gets hot in the summer. Fortunately, I discovered Curel Itch Defense Lotion, which not only prevents itchy, dry skin, but also soothes eczema. I attended a press event where Kao Brands Company introduced its Curel Itch Defense Lotion and gave attendees a free bottle. A good daily skin regime is key for eczema sufferers. And while changes in diet can be beneficial, the easiest solution is an effective moisturizer. Itch Defense, which has been given the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance, contains four components to treat dry skin and eczema: Ceramides restore and replenish the skin; pH levels are balanced at a healthy level; humectants increase moisture; and emollients leave skin feeling protected.
All of that sounds nice, right? But how does the Curel Itch Defense Lotion really work? I used the lotion for one day without applying baby oil first. My skin felt moist and soothed, without that sticky feeling some lotions have. But the next day I was traveling to Atlanta and didn’t have an empty 3 oz. bottle to bring some of the lotion with me. Forgetting that Atlanta has really hard water, I figured I’d be OK during my trip. Wrong! Not only did my skin look dry after applying lotion, but I had to resort to my baby oil routine. I couldn’t wait to get back to NYC.
The morning after I returned, I went back to using the Itch Defense, and miraculously it knocked my skin back into shape with just one application. My skin felt smooth and soft for a full 24 hours. Even the callouses on the balls of my feet felt softer! The Curel Itch Defense Lotion not only soothes my skin and a few patches of eczema, but it also decreases the amount of time I used to spend putting on lotion and oil. This product is also good for babies 6 months or older because it’s steroid-free! So chuck those tiny eczema medication tubes, stop slathering on sticky lotions, and above all else, stop scratching after trying Curel Itch Defense Lotion. [$7.99, Drugstore.com]