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Skin-Lasting Super Hydrator- reviewed and recommended

Reviewed by Marta January 3, 2012 15 Comments

A big thank you to TIA community member Dennis since this is one of the best ways I have spent $28 in a while. Skin-Lasting Super Hydrator is an unusual and effective moisturizer that clarifies, whilst being suitable for skin dry and itchy.

Although Dennis warned me that Skin-Lasting has a unique non-cream formula, I still felt unprepared for such a light, I’d even venture to say watery spray. I couldn’t imagine how this would hydrate my skin. And yet it did. I tried it, as directed on face, body, neck and hands and found that I liked it best for neck and hands, which looked and felt softer and smoother for hours after application.

Although I like very much the simple effectiveness of the Skin-Lasting formula and the lack of anything nasty, I do have a caveat – and that is that I would not use Skin-Lasting every day indefinitely. The very ingredients that moisturize and hydrate are also pretty serious exfoliators.

Although glycerin is an effective moisturizer that studies have shown to improve hydration of the outer layer of the skin, it also degrades the corneodesmosomes that hold skin cells together. The end effect of this degradation is more consistent desquamation (shedding of the outer layer of skin) and ultimately smoother-looking skin. That’s all well and good, but here in Skin-Lasting it is coupled with lactic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid that also loosens the glue-like substances that hold skin cells together, thus shedding the top layer of dull, damaged skin.

And, if that wasn’t enough, there is also urea. Like lactic acid, urea is one of the common keratolytics, which serve to exfoliate and soften keratin (a key component of skin). It also increases moisture levels within the skin, as well as having a localized anesthetic effect, helping to curtail cycles of itching, irritation, and flare-ups.  Unfortunately, this attribute of urea wasn't evident when I applied Skin-Lasting just after shaving my legs and got a stinging sensation that will ensure I don’t do that again (note that Skin-Lasting does have a version for sensitive skin).

Overall, with its antixodant aloe, green tea and vitamin C, Skin-Lasting is a great value product. It is specially formulated for post-retinol dryness and for those with eczema or dry, itchy skin. I will continue to use it. But I am going to keep in mind that my smoother looking skin is as much to do with cell-sloughing as hydration. Exfoliation is a necessary part of one’s beauty regimen, but one that I am cautious about overdoing.

Ingredients: Water, vegetable glycerin, lactic acid, urea (carbamide), aloe vera leaf juice, hyaluronic acid, green tea leaf extract, vitamin C, sea salt

  • April 15, 2012

    by Michele Watson

    I have just opened a new bottle of this and tried it again this morning just in case it was the sample that was damaged. I again had immediate itching and it in no way moisturised my mature,dry and sensitive skin. It says on the label it can be used for psoriasis-which my son suffers from-but I cannot see how this can be. It made my skin even drier and even the smell is unappealing. Sorry Dennis but it's going in the bin!

  • March 22, 2012

    by Michele Watson

    I am using a sample of this and I really do not like it. It makes my skin itch,is very watery and has no moisturising effect whatsoever. Sorry to be negative but thats my experience so far...am actually annoyed that I ordered without trying.
    Skin Nutrition is still my HG.

  • January 13, 2012

    by Janice Wohl

    I really need this. A BIG birthday coming up next month and by February my skin looks like an alligator! I've tried a lot of products and would like to see if it really works as advertised

  • January 5, 2012

    by Jody

    I'd like to give this a try. I have dry, dehydrated skin that is always breaking out. Trying to find something that treats both conditions is almost impossible.

  • January 5, 2012

    by Dennis

    Susan, I remember your comment post on amlactin and feeling like a hypocrite because of the terrible ingredients! this is totally a worthy alternative! hope you love it!

    And you're welcome! :)

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