[unpaid/sample] We are as far away from £50 creams as we possibly could be with Lotil and yet, if you have extremely dry skin that needs a lot of attention, it’s not sustainable (for most of us) to be constantly slathering luxury products all over our body. I am happy using whatever works, particularly for my body which is now drier than it used to be. I take skin supplements which keeps a lot of the dryness at bay but not entirely any more. Vaseline does the job, as does O’Keefe’s and E45 and as will Lotil.
The ingredients are basic – but they’re there to rehydrate skin and prevent moisture from leaving it and that’s pretty much all dry skin needs. I’ve broken down the ingredient list so you can see what’s there and why.
Aqua (Water), Glyceryl Stearate SE (a combination of glycerin and stearic acid), Glycerin, Lanolin Alcohol ( non-drying organic compound produced from lanolin), Benzyl Alcohol (preservative considered safe for skin), Cetearyl Alcohol (fatty alcohols considered safe for skin), Oleic Acid (omega 9 fatty acid), Triethanolamine (Emulsifier and pH adjuster and considered safe for skin), Stearic Acid (fatty acid), p-Chloro-m-Cresol (germacide – unlikely but possible irritant), Parfum (Fragrance) – Linalool, Limonene, Citronellol, Coumarin, Geraniol, Anise Alcohol, Benzyl Cinnamate.
p-Chloro-m-Cresol is there because it offers an anti-bacterial quality and that’s important if you have sore skin that’s prone to infection. Compared to many products this is a very short ingredient list and that’s because it doesn’t need to add any extras to get the desired effect. A 50ml tube is £3.99.
It’s really easy to get side-tracked by products that offer more than you need and I think body products are where you can make savings although that said, I’ll put in a word for the lip balm which I’ve used blended with lipstick to get a low sheen balm – and it’s £1.99. I’m always conscious that I’m recommending products that very quickly drain the old bank account – a spell of basics that are good for the skin and good for the wallet is a wise decision! Do you have a any ‘basic’ favourites that you turn to? I’d love to know. Lotil is available at Boots, Superdrug, Lloyds – all the usual suspects. I’m taking a few days in the sunshine (hopefully it’s sunny!) soon so I’ve been using the foot cream just in case it’s warm enough for Fitflops – really, I don’t have a single complaint because sure enough, my feet are less dry and better looking than when I started and very acceptable to be shown :-).
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What a good idea! My favourite basic that I keep returning to is the Nivea eye make up remover. It just works really well and is always on offer in either Boots or Superdrug so I can generally pick it up for under £2.
Agreed – that’s a really good product.
Not heard of Lotil before, will give it a try. An elderly neighbour who had lovely hands and nails introduced me to Dog Oil. It’s a mix of rapeseed oil and petroleum jelly and is rumoured to help with arthritis. I rub it on my hands, shins and ankles. If you suffer from itchy ankles it does calm the itching. You get it from the health food shop.
Dog oil! I am googling……
I find Cerave body lotion to be the absolute best. It has all the ingredients to care for the skin barrier and very reasonably priced. Their eye cream is great for lips too.
Weirdly, I just didn’t get along with it – in terms of the smoothing effect I was hoping for at least, it just didn’t happen. I really want to try the new micellar though.
WOW, I had forgotten about Lotil but remember how good it was for treating some severe dry heels that had split and wouldn’t heal, many years ago. I must give it another go. Good to know it is still out there.
Yes, it’s one of those that goes under the radar but ever so useful to have in the bathroom cupboard.
Palmers cocoa butter for bodies and neutrogena hand cream are basic I always have Jane.
Yes, great, both of them wonderful 🙂