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Dry skin is a pain any time of year – but most especially in the winter, when cold, blustery air outside combined with dry heating indoors sucks every bit of moisture from your body. This is why one of my top skincare priorities this time of year is finding a body lotion that can handle my uncomfortably tight, ashen, itchy skin that begs for relief. So when presented with a tester of the Stemulation Relance Body Lotion ($98), I couldn’t resist snatching it up.
Yet this was no ordinary moisturizing body lotion. Sure, it has the prerequisite shea butter and botanical oils (I’m a fan of both). There’s also skin-smoothing glycerin high on the ingredients list. However, this body lotion has an edge for its anti-aging benefits. Like other Stemulation products, it contains human stem cell cultured media – comprised of those super proteins we love so much for their ability to effectively turn back the clock on our skin. And there’s more. Relance (French for boost or revive, natch) contains exfoliating sodium lactate, a salt derived from lactic acid, as well as fruit extracts aplenty to protect against environmental damage. I had actually never tried a product with lactic acid (or at least not to my knowledge), so I did worry a bit that the product might sting or cause an allergic reaction. Fortunately, it did neither.
I applied the Relance Body Lotion, from my shoulders and chest to my toes, every day for several weeks following my morning shower. It has a subtle citrusy scent, with a not-too-thick, creamy consistency that absorbs almost immediately. There’s no greasy after-feel, so on those rushed mornings (the story of my life), you won’t have to wait a few minutes until the product soaks in before getting dressed. Afterward, my skin felt wonderfully replenished – as if I were hanging out in tropical 80-degree weather rather than bone-dry or bone-chilling air. Remarkably, this feeling lasted all day! With other body lotions and creams, I’ve often had to reapply at night because my skin would start reverting to its dry, itchy state.
I’m certain the lactic and fruit acids have even worked their magic on the KP bumps plaguing my upper arms. I have a mild case of keratosis pilaris that likes to rear its ugly head in the winter, but by the time I had just about used up my tube of Relance, my skin looked – and felt – noticeably smoother. Yay! While the price tag of Relance is nothing to sneeze at, this is one of those finds that might just be worth the splurge.