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Medik8 Hydr8 Body- reader reviewed

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Dry Skin
May 6, 2013 Reviewed by TIA Community Member 3 Comments
Reviewed by Lori

I began my trial of Medik8 Hydr8 Body Skin Rehydration Formula ($66.70) with great anticipation. Although I was concerned about the use of silicones and preservatives, Marta had very good things to say about the effectiveness of Medik8 Firewall ($162 in the shop), so I took my chances. My skin had become excessively dry this winter, and I was slathering on lotion like crazy all season.

According to Medik8’s website, Hydr8 Body contains “moisture magnets,” a shea and cocoa butter blend, as well as natural glycerin. The claim is that Hydr8 Body locks water into the skin by connecting microscopic “water-sponge molecules” to skin-binding cites, rather than just temporarily dampening cells like ordinary moisturizers do. Medik8 also states that “Hydr8 Body actives are so effective, the binding is only released by the natural shedding of skin cells and not merely by washing.” After all of that, I quite anxious to give it a go!

Let me first say that I am more of a fan of various body butters  my skin seems to need the thickness of a “butter” compared to a lotion. So when the bottle of Hydr8 Body arrived, I immediately questioned how this thin pump-dispensed lotion could improve the moisture level of my dry winter skin. The fragrance of Hydr8 Body is described as light and refreshing, but it’s honestly not a scent I would particularly choose. However, if you are a perfume wearer, it is a scent you could probably wear without it interfering with other scents you have on. The pump dispenses the lotion with ease and absorbs nicely, but 250ml is not a lot of lotion for this dry body! After weeks of use, the pump stopped working, prompting me to find ways to access the remaining lotion... and call me frugal, but at $68 for 250ml I would not want to waste a drop!

As a kindergarten teacher, these hands get washed a LOT, even more so during cold and flu season, and of course all that sanitizing can dry a girl’s hands out. I must admit that once I got over the thin consistency and the product’s scent and focused more on the results, I noticed that it did a nice job of hydrating my hands. I actually looked forward to using it a few extra times each day. I can’t say that I noticed any wonderful moisturizing action going on over the rest of my body. As a matter of fact, at the end of the trial I was quite happy to return to my regular products.

I must admit, I may not scrutinize my body butter’s ingredients the same way I do my facial products but a few of this product’s ingredients caught my attention. First, there appears to be some concern with dimethicone’s covering and trapping property. There is a fear that it not only interferes with the skin’s natural processes (sweating, temperature regulating, sloughing off dead skin cells, etc…) but like petroleum jelly, dimethicone can actually end up drying your skin. Second, it contains phenoxyethanol, a preservative some experts consider to be toxic and a number of natural and organic cosmetic brands are working hard to remove. Last, another ingredient that raised an eyebrow is tocopherol acetate, which some studies have found to be a skin irritant.

Overall, many people might find that Hydr8 Body does an okay job moisturizing their normal to dry skin but at $68 for 250ml I am certain it is not a product I will continue to use.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cetearyl Alcohol, Saccharide Isomerate, Glyceryl Stearate, Dimethicone, Theobroma Cocoa (Cocoa) Butter, Pentaerythrityl Distearate, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopherol Acetate, Parfum (Fragrance), Sodium Polyacrylate, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Xanthan Gum, 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1, 3-diol, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Limonene, Linalool, Potassium Sorbate, Geraniol, Citral, Citric Acid
  • May 7, 2013

    by Medik8 Scientist

    Apologies for the typos. I am on an iPad.

  • May 7, 2013

    by Medik8 Scientist

    Dear Lori,

    Many thanks for your review. I'm sorry that Medik8 Hydr8 did not live up to your expectations.

    We will be reviewing your comments and using them along with other feedback in helping us improve our products.

    Hydr8 Body is a very popular product for Medik8 and one of the great things about our 'moisture magnets' are that the cream does not need to be as buttery as standard body hydrators. We would rather not point out the complex here, but it is very effective and we have trials using TEWL monitoring equipment to prove 24+ hour moisturisation.

    Solely to help explain to TIA readers how Medik8 works rather than in any way try to deflect your criticism, I would like to respond to a few of your observations.

    Medik8 is 100% paraben-free. It takes a long time to develop a really good skin care range and get consistent quality. We sell our products globally and therefore need to be in compliance with a multitude of different regulations and consumer trends. Good preservation is fundamental to a safe product and phenoxyethanol at low percentages combined with ethylhexylglycerine is an excellent and safe substitute to parabens. Trends changes over time and we have to maintain a level-head on the ever changing spotlights that dance around cosmetic ingredients. Lets remember that the safety of cosmetics being properly preservatived is genuinely serious and we act responsibly in sticking to the best advice we think is out there. We are advised and are supplied by Schulke and Mayer, arguably the world authorities on cosmetic preservation. They we a German preservative manufacturer. As an active cosmeceutical company, our product effectiveness and consistent quality, rather than chasing trend is our priority. I remember a few years ago when phenoxyethanol was seen as the gold standard replacement for parabens. We avoid methylisothiazolinone and other isothiazolinone-derived biocides and lots of other preservatives which we do not 'like'. To paraphrase Winston Churchill, democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others ;-) we think that of phenoxyethanol.

    You are quite right about the bottle. It does have a problem getting out the last 10% and that just isn't good enough. We actually overfill the bottles to compensate but the good news is we are switching to a tube and this is coming through in the next months. We are also tweaking the formula a little. We product develop a bit like software companies. So every 2 years there is an update. Small tweaks. Evolution not revolution. We take on board all feedback. But like I say, this is an extremely popular product in the range so we tinker with extreme caution - we know there is no wrath like mucking around with customers' favourite moisturisers :-)

    Tocopherol acetate is a highly stable derivative (or ester) of vitamin E which is great for dry skin and body creams. In a cream format, we prefer the derivative because it is more stable and you know Medik8 has a thing about ingredient stability.

    The level of dimethicone is very low. It provides great skin feel. No tackiness from such a hydrating cream is something I think you mention but do not remark upon. A lot of the butter creams are too greasy. Customers tell us they use the product after a bath or before getting into bed and want something super hydrating but not heavy. That's the moisture magnet idea.

    The fragrance is deliberately neutral and light because customers tell us repeatedly that they don't want their perfume overpowered. However kudos to you for your timing because we have been working on a special edition version for gifting and pampering. Identical formula but with a different fragrance. Tis decision has not been finalised. The original will always remain available.

    Thank you again for taking the time to review Medik8

  • May 6, 2013

    by Marta

    Thank you for your honest review Lori. I haven't tried this but looking at the ingredients, the formula doesn't seem to live up to Medik8's standards. Shea butter and not much else to write home about.

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