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Reviewed and rejected: Environ Super Moisturizer

Is a Solution for:
Dry Skin, Oily Skin
February 8, 2008 Reviewed by Marta 4 Comments
I had high hopes for Environ's Super Moisturizer because I like the Clay Masque by the same company. But after a week of using it I had break outs all over my face. Full disclosure: I have extremely sensitive skin (this week I developed an allergy to my watch strap - honestly), so first of all I had to be sure that Environ Super Moisturizer was the culprit.

I stripped back my regime to the bare - and trusted - basics (Tracie Martyn Amla Cleanser, Image Ageless serum, Ischia Thermae Eye Cream) and waited a week for everything to calm down. Then I did the 'behind-the-ear test'. Environ's moisturizer started to sting and itch within a couple of hours of dabbing it behind my left ear (the right ear, with a dab of Zelens, was fine).

Now I was curious to know which of the ingredients in Environ moisturizer I was reacting to (assuming one can be isolated; sometimes single ingredients can be benign and only cause an allergic reaction in combination). It contains some pretty standard cosmetic ingredients and I couldn't find any evidence to suggest that they are associated with allergies, such as caprylic/capric triglyceride, pentylene glycol (coconut oil) and jojoba seed oil.

Working down the list, I found that Environ Super Moisturizer contains petrolatum. Since buying this cream, I have discovered that petrolatum has been banned in Europe because it causes allergic reactions and also because it is considered to be a possible carcinogen.

Looks as if I have my culprit. From now on, I will take special care to see that petrolatum (or petroleum jelly) isn't in anything else that takes my fancy. In the US, one needs to be especially alert because the FDA (although it has banned petroleum in food) allows it in cosmetics. Many lipsticks contain it, which is  rather alarming. So do two of my recent posts, the Zim's Spa Gloves and Dremu's Deception.
  • October 10, 2016

    by Gee

    I have had a skin analysis done and was not diagnosed with rosace, as I thought, but ezcema. Since I started on the Skin Omegas, Vitamin C and Environ Super Moisturiser + a month ago, my skin has become worse... after taking off my make up at the end of the working day, my skin is extremely red, very hot and I feel like I need an ice pack on my face. My skin was not like this before I started using these products. Reading reviews I don't have dry skin so no idea why this moisturiser in particular was prescribed. I also used the AVST eye gel and have now cut that out except for using on my eyelids and not round the whole eye. I don't feel Environ is worth the money if it is going to make my skin worse before it gets better.

  • May 25, 2012

    by Christine Reed

    I think it is a great product for certain skin types thats why a medical Esthetician should analyze your skin before attempting to use this product. In fact it cannot be sold unless you see a specialist so I don't think you would have had this reaction if you were on the proper skincare in the first place. Environ products have changed the look of more poeple than I can even count and continue to change. If you are in Los Angeles I would be more than happy to set you up with a free consult anytime. www.platinumimageservices.com

  • February 13, 2008

    by Marta

    <p>Yes it is. Which is a scary thought because I grew up with Vaseline. Anyway, here is a link <a href="http://www.health-report.co.uk/petroleum_petrolatum_health_concerns.htm" rel="nofollow">http://www.health-report.co.uk/petroleum_petrolatum_health_concerns.htm</a></p>

  • February 13, 2008

    by mt

    <p>similar results - love the mask (great overnight), dislike moisturizer. skin looked just bad after a few days of use. spotty. <br />
    but - petroleum jelly is banned? isn't that vaseline? </p>

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