Review of Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion by fes_fsa
while i can't stand this product, i've given it 5 lippies, because it is the product that made me realize that my skin hates glycerin!
i tried this the first time in a friend's bathroom and my hands just LOVED it! they were so soft, i couldn't believe that this was a d/s lotion! so i bought the pump bottle of this stuff and after a week or so of using it exclusively as a body lotion/facial moisturizer, it started slacking. it wasn't absorbing into my skin--my skin had this film on the surface that wasn't quite "greasy", but wasn't "sticky" either, and under that, my skin felt drier than ever. AND if i applied more of this stuff, it would actually sort of clump in patches on my skin! like i had patches of oxidized oil on my skin!
i asked someone who makes toiletries for a living what was causing problems for me in such a popular lotion. it's fine to use a lotion with glycerin. it's fine to use a lotion with petro products (mineral oil, petroleum, etc.,). it isn't good for your skin in the long run to use a product with both, especially if you've got dry skin and problems with eczema.
petros make it so water stays in/on your skin (it doesn't mean you can't sweat, as sweat glands and pores are much too small for petros to penetrate and clog--hence all the lotions with mineral oil that are "non-comedogenic"). glycerin pulls moisture to the surface of the skin and works great if you're in an area that's at least %60 humidity.
i don't get outdoors much, so i'm always in an air conditioned or heated building with very little humidity. there isn't enough moisture in the air around me to pull to the surface of my skin, so the glycerin pulls it from deeper layers of younger skin to keep the dead surface moist. since layers of skin are being forced to sacrifice their water content, this sends the signal to the oil glands to produce more oil, because the skin thinks its natural defensive lipid barrier is in danger(hence, that "greasy" feeling that so many people get from moisturizers/lotions on their face). also, since there's petro in this product, even if i was in a humid place, this ingredient makes it so moisture can't get out, but it can't get in either. so you're stuck with soft skin that's been "moisture sealed", with a product that sucks moisture from living skin to moisturize dead skin.
hope this review helps. especially for those who wonder why the hell this stuff or any of their facial moisturizers are making their skin so greasy when they've got tremendous dry skin problems if they don't use a moisturizer. seriously, try a lotion without glycerin--i know it's more pricey or watery, but there aren't many out there that don't have it--IMO, the lotion companies know what i know and are just trying to get you to buy more of their lotion.