Reviewed by Sophie

It could have been the Proactive. Or the stripping cleansers I had used in the past to manage my oily, breakout-prone skin. Maybe it was my sojourn in the Mojave Desert. Perhaps it was my diet. I’m still not sure of the cause, but the result was painfully obvious: sensitive, dehydrated skin that made me look older than my 34 years. No matter how much water I drank or how much moisturizer I slathered on, my skin refused to bounce back. It became increasingly reactive, uneven, tight, flaky – as well as oily and breakout prone.

As I researched my skin’s dramatic behavior, I learned about how the skin barrier is supposed to function. A healthy barrier keeps essential moisture in and environmental irritants out. Apparently, my barrier needed some serious help.

On paper, Osmotics Cream Extreme Intensive Repair seemed to be the perfect solution. Promising to eliminate the underlying cause of dry skin, Cream Extreme boasts a list of featured ingredients that reads like a roll call of barrier repair all-stars: ceramides, cholesterol, essential fatty acids, physiological lipids, lanolin, glycerin, L-carnosine, linoleic acid, allantoin, and vitamin E. Hopeful, I was ready to give Cream Extreme a try.

Taking a pea-sized amount from the attractive frosted-glass jar, I warmed the emulsion between my fingers. It was thick and reminded me more of a balm than a cream. After patting the cream onto my face, I was expecting it to sit on top as an un-breathable layer. Instead, Cream Extreme absorbed nicely, leaving a velvet finish to my skin.

The next day, I noticed that my skin seemed slightly less red and a bit more hydrated. Throughout the next several weeks, my skin appeared somewhat smoother and the troublesome flakiness diminished. On the downside, I experienced some clogged pores and a few new breakouts. I stopped using it after four weeks.

Although Osmotics Cream Extreme Intensive Repair was not the miracle cream I was hoping for, I would recommend it to someone with skin that is dry rather than dehydrated and who isn’t prone to breakouts.

Ingredients: Purified Water, Lanolin, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Petrolatum, Hyaluronic Acid (Polysaccharide), Soybean Sterol, Ceramide, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Linoleic Acid, Stearic Acid, Allantoin, L-Carnosine, Carbomer, Tromethamine, Diazolidinyl Urea (and) Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate