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