Can't live without ... Eucerin Intensive Treatment Lotion w/w 10% Urea
A few years back, I was searching for a body lotion to lessen (or at least not aggravate) ingrown hairs, spots and bumps. I had no idea the lotion I would find would become my staple daily body moisturiser that I … cannot live without.
At the time I was using what the GP told me was the best and only moisturiser for my extremely dry skin, the Fifty:Fifty (White Soft Paraffin and Liquid Paraffin). For years I slapped on this greasy, thick (highly flammable!) slick and the problems it caused with waiting to absorb, my clothes, washing machine and hair follicles. And I never heard a word about the skin benefits of urea.
I had assumed from the various prescription moisturisers I had used all my life that a lotion would never be able to sufficiently moisturise my dry scaly skin. How happy I was to be wrong! This lotion spreads easily onto the skin and absorbs wonderfully. My skin feels moisturised without that layer of grease on top, allowing me to dress straightaway without that sticky feeling I had come to expect. My skin feels smoother and stays hydrated for longer.
Furthermore, it banished the scaly cracked skin that blighted my arms and legs! Which, now that I understand my skin better, is not a surprise given Eucerin Intensive Treatment Lotion is designed for ichtyosis (coarse, dry, scaly skin) as well as atopic eczema (dermatitis), hyperkeratosis (thickening of the outer layer of skin) and xeroderma (abnormal dryness of the skin). But don't just think that it is for diagnosed skin conditions - I actually found this wonder on the Pixiwoo website who were recommending it for how it makes their skin look.
While I do not currently get Eucerin Intensive Treatment Lotion on prescription (because that would require a trip to the dreaded GP) I do see that it is available to doctors in the BNF (British National Formulary – follow the link to view other urea-containing emollients). I tend to buy when it is 3 for 2 in Boots or 1/3 off at Escentual.
And if I haven't convinced you, I highly recommend you read about the skin benefits of the urea content in this lotion on Colin's Beauty Pages. The above is just my opinion but Colin is a bona fide scientist so you gots to listen to him!
UPDATE Nov 30, 2017: got this on repeat prescription from a very nice GP!