Murad Clarifying Body Spray

The Clarifying Body Spray by Murad is a spray that works for application at any angle, even hard-to-reach areas, claiming to reduce the number and severity of breakouts on the body and prevent new breakouts from forming, while soothing the skin.

Ingredients: Water, Alcohol Denat, Butylene Glycol, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Niacinamide, Allantoin, Glycerin, Nymphaea Coerulea Flower Extract, Panthenol, Glycolic Acid, Menthol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Hydroxide, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Oil

Denatured alcohol is the second ingredient, which can be drying to the skin. This contains 0.5% salicylic acid – for home use, the maximum strength is 2%, and this is what I see in many skincare products, so was surprised that this Murad product has only 0.5%. This also has glycolic acid. Glycerin is a humectant. The spray also contains menthol, which provides a cooling effect, tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E), niacinamide for reducing inflammation and allantoin to soothe and protect the skin. Cymbopogon schoenanthus oil is also known as lemongrass oil, often used for fragrance.

Directions: After cleansing, spray an even layer over affected areas. Start with one application daily, increasing to two of three times daily if needed. If dryness of peeling occurs, reduce application to once a day or every other day.

My teenage daughter and I both used the clarifying body spray, she for back acne for 1-1/2 months and me for chest acne for 4 months, once a the day in the evening. Her back has larger pimples and hyperpigmentation from the breakouts. My back has smaller pimples and whiteheads. The clarifying body spray is a fine mist that spreads easily, is easy to apply and dries fast. It was not drying to the skin. The scent of the product was odd, first smelling like alcohol for a couple seconds, then I thought a mix of almost a urine smell and licorice for a couple seconds (maybe the lemongrass?), however, the scent does not last long as the product dries very fast.

As above, the spray did not prevent new breakouts from forming and the skin was not particularly improved. Since it was not helping, my daughter stopped applying after 1.5 months.

For me, I used daily in the evening for 4 months on my chest. I did not really feel a cooling or soothing effect, nor see a reduction in inflammation. This also did not help prevent new breakouts nor really improve the texture and breakouts already on the skin. I should add that I’m not sure if the breakouts on my chest are keratosis pilaris (this product has helped the KP on my legs particularly); my chest has looked like this for years now (KP is hard to improve and there is no cure), but the breakouts randomly look worse and better. The Murad body spray may not be as beneficial for KP as other products. In any case, I would not repurchase.

Drunk Elephant Kamili Cream Body Cleanser Review

Kamili is a body wash from Drunk Elephant for all skin types, formulated with mild surfactants to gently cleanse and plant oils and amino acids to soothe, strengthen and moisturize the skin. This product claims to create a rich foam that lifts dirt and other residue without drying the skin.

Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Sodium Laurylglucosides Hydroxypropylsulfonate, Coco-Glucoside, Glycerin, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Sodium Chloride, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Coconut Alkanes, Passiflora Edulis Seed Oil, Plukenetia Volubilis Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cassia Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Carbomer, Sodium PCA, Panthenol, Glycol Distearate, Sodium Lactate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, PCA, Alanine, Arginine, Glycine, Histidine, Isoleucine, Phenylalanine, Proline, Serine, Threonine, Valine, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Aspartic Acid, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Seed Extract, Benzoic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Sodium Acetate

Kamili contains coconut-based surfactants, an amino acid blend to strengthen and soothe skin and plant-based oils that provide moisture. There is no added fragrance, just the natural scent of the ingredients (sweet almond).

Directions: Apply to wet skin, massage and rinse. It is suggested to follow with Drunk Elephant’s Sili Body Lotion. Drunk Elephant says Kamili can be used to cleanse the face as well.

I have combination skin on my body; dry legs and back and oily chest. I have keratosis pilaris on my legs and arms and acne on my chest. I usually use Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Body Wash which I do not need much of to make a rich, long-lasting lather due to the sodium laureth sulfate. When I use the Aveeno, my back tends to feel dry and itchy, so I wanted to try something else.

Kamili has cocamidopropyl betaine, a surfactant often used in sulfate-free shampoo that makes the lather. Kamili has light, soft, rich bubbles when massaged onto a bath poof (if using just the hands, it does not lather much), but I need to use about twice as much body wash than I would using a wash containing sulfates (perhaps to be expected).The foam does not last long on the body or the poof. I’ll wash my whole body, shave one leg (I just use body wash to shave) and by the time I go to the other leg, the bubbles are almost gone. I tried to “reactivate” the bubbles on the poof by massaging again and adding water, which does not work, and I have to add more body wash.

The body wash itself cleanses well and rinses well with no residue. My skin feels moisturized and a bit softer and my back does not get dry or itchy. Kamili is more enjoyable to use than other body washes; I think because of the softness of the bubbles and the almond scent. The acne and breakouts on my chest remained the same (though I did not really expect the body wash to help).

I’ve used Kamili a few times on the face as well. I have oily/combination skin. This product foams a bit while massaging with the fingers. It cleanses well (needs a double cleanse for makeup and sunscreen) and rinses well, however, after rinsing and drying, the skin feels quite dry on its own and to the touch and I would not continue to use this product as a facial cleanser.

While Drunk Elephant’s Kamili Cream Body Cleanser is moisturizing, has soft bubbles and is nice to use, the bubbles do not last long and I need to use quite a bit of product. I likely will not repurchase.

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Lush Silky Underwear Review

Silky Underwear from Lush is a body dusting powder that claims to leave skin feeling smooth, silky and dry, with cornstarch and koalin clay to absorb moisture and cocoa butter to nourish the skin. This does not contain talc.

Ingredients: Corn Starch (Zea mays) , Kaolin , Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao) , Magnesium Carbonate , Fragrance , Jasmine Absolute (Jasminum grandiflorum) , Vetivert Oil (Vetiveria zizanoides) , Cinnamyl Alcohol , Benzyl Cinnamate , Linalool 

Directions: Sprinkle all over body and rub in. Can also be sprinkled on bed sheets and hair.

Silky Underwear is a very fine powder that has a jasmine/vetiver scent. Vetiver is related to lemon grass and citronella. The scent is light and sophisticated and does not interfere with other scented products. The scent fades over time, lasting about an hour on the skin.

Once rubbed into the skin, Silky Underwear leaves a silky, soft, invisible layer on the skin. It does not leave a dry feeling on the skin and is slightly moisturizing. It does absorb some sweat while hanging out at home or working at the office and leaves the skin relatively dry, but on a hot day or when working out, the skin will get sweaty.

Silky Underwear is quite versatile. I put this product on the inner thighs to help with chafing when wearing skirts, over deodorant and under and between the breasts. It helps the most under the breasts where there is chafing from a bra strap or, when not wearing a bra, absorbs some sweat. The skin looks much better and less red here when I use Silky Underwear. It does not work as a dry shampoo, but leaves a nice scent in second- and third-day hair. Sprinkled on the sheets before sleeping leaves a nice, light scent. It can be applied to the feet and sprinkled in shoes.

Silky Underwear needs a better lid. After a few uses, powder gets clogged in the hole and does not dispense. A shaker lid would be much better.

While Silky Underwear could have better packaging, the skin feels soft and silky, chafing and redness are improved and the powder has many uses. I will continue to purchase.

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Drunk Elephant Sili Body Lotion Review

Sili by Drunk Elephant is a body lotion that claims to restore moisture, lock in hydration and improve dry and dull skin.

Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Squalane, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Coconut Alkanes, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Pentylene Glycol, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Adansonia Digitata Seed Oil, Schinziophyton Rautanenii Kernel Oil, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Terminalia Ferdinandiana Fruit Extract, Plukenetia Volubilis Seed Oil, Sodium PCA, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Allantoin, Sodium Lactate, PCA, Alanine, Arginine, Glycine, Histidine, Isoleucine, Phenylalanine, Proline, Serine, Threonine, Valine, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Seed Extract, Behenic Acid, Aspartic Acid, Adansonia Digitata Seed Extract, Beta-Carotene, Musa Sapientum (Banana) Pulp Extract, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Linoleic Acid, Ceramide NS, Ceramide AP, Ceramide EOP, Ceramide NP, Ceramide EOS, Cholesterol, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Pulp Extract, Caprooyl Phytosphingosine, Caprooyl Sphingosine, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil, Sorbitan Isostearate, Ceteareth-25, Tocopherol, Citric Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 60, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin

Sili is made up of plant oils and butters, amino acids, antioxidants and five ceramides to moisturize, provide a protective barrier and nourish and rejuvenate the skin. For a moisturizer to be complete and effective, it should contain an emollient, an occlusive and a humectant, all of which Sili is formulated with. Ceramides are lipids found in the upper layers of the skin forming a protective barrier, protecting against moisture loss and damage from the environment.

Directions: Massage over body until absorbed. Can be used on wet skin and can be used on the face as well.

This is a light-weight lotion. Like Drunk Elephant’s other body and hair products, Sili has a sweet almond scent (think almond extract); the natural scent of the product as there are no added fragrances. The scent lasts for only seconds.

I have dry shins and normal skin elsewhere on the body, other than very dry hands. I’ve used Sili daily after showering for over a month now. On application, the skin has a smooth, soft and silky feeling, with a light protective layer left behind. It is not heavy or greasy and absorbs quickly. On application to the hands, the skin has a silky feeling with relief of the dryness for about 10 minutes. After this, the skin feels dry again, but still has the silky layer that lasts on the skin over a couple light hand washes. After a month of twice-daily use as a hand lotion, there is some improvement of surface hydration, but nowhere near the improvement I would expect (the skin still feels dry, though does not really look dry). My shins are dry (not visibly excessively so, but feel dry to the touch compared to the rest of the leg) and I have to use quite a bit of product for the skin to feel moisturized and protected and even after a month, while softer, the skin still feels dry. Elsewhere on the body, while there is not much difference in terms of hydration, the skin is softer. The skin has the smooth silky feeling for a few hours after application. I used the lotion a few times on my face. I have oily skin and this provided moisture and a protective layer over the skin.

Over the last week, I have been adding a couple drops of moisturizing oils (trying squalane, rose hip and the Briogeo hair oil) to the Sili, then applying to the hands and body and this seems to increase hydration and protection of the skin immediately and throughout the day, so Sili just is not moisturizing enough for dry skin. It maintains normal skin, however.

Drunk Elephant Sili Body Lotion absorbs quickly, is not greasy, improves softness of the skin and leaves a silky protective layer, preventing water loss, however, is not very moisturizing. This would better suited to the face and neck (I use on my underarms as well) and normal skin with very minimal dryness and would provide light hydration in warmer weather. I do prefer Sili over the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream in terms of softness and silkiness of the skin. I likely would not repurchase.

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First Aid Beauty KP Bump Eraser Body Scrub Review

KP Bump Eraser Body Scrub by First Aid Beauty is a scrub that contains pumice as a physical exfoliant and 10% glycolic and lactic acids as chemical exfoliants. This is safe for all skin types and is fragrance-free. This claims that the AHAs loosen the top layer of skin and decongest pores, while the pumice sweeps it away, helping improve rough, dry bumps and dry skin, revealing smooth, healthy-looking skin. Despite this product being called KP Bump Eraser, this makes no claims on nor mentions keratosis pilaris on the packaging or website.

Ingredients: Pumice, Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycolic Acid, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Lactic Acid, Dimethicone, Stearic Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sodium Hydroxide, Palmitic Acid, Glycerin, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Sorbitol, Colloidal Oatmeal, Tocopherol, Chrysanthemum Parthenium (Feverfew) Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Bisabolol, Hydrogenated Coconut Acid, Xanthan Gum, Steareth-20, Steareth-21, Myristic Acid, Sodium Isethionate, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, EDTA.

Bisabolol and colloidal oatmeal soothe the skin. Feverfew and licorice root can help red irritated skin.

Directions: Using one to two times a week, apply to wet skin and massage on affected areas. Rinse and pat dry. Follow with a moisturizer. Do not use on the face.

Keratosis pilaris is the result of a buildup of keratin that clogs the opening of the hair follicles and causes bumpy, rough skin, often affecting the upper arms, thighs, buttocks or cheeks. KP is also called chicken skin or strawberry skin. There is no cure or preventative, but the skin can be made to look better by exfoliating and moisturizing.

I have had KP on my upper legs and upper arms and small pimples and whiteheads on my chest for the last 10 or so years and bought KP Bump Eraser in hopes of smoothing and improving the appearance of my skin. I used once a week for a month and then twice a week for the remaining 2-1/2 months. After massaging, I let this sit on my skin for a couple minutes while washing my hair to get the benefit of the AHAs, and followed with a moisturizer.

The product has fine-grain pumice that is not irritating when massaging on the skin. It has a mildly acidic scent. This rinses off well in the shower.

From the first use, my skin felt very smooth. I use sugar scrubs regularly and while my skin feels smooth, the KP Bump Eraser works so much better to exfoliate the skin because unlike sugar, pumice does not dissolve in water so it can be scrubbed for longer. My arms had some improvement in overall skin tone and smoothness of the bumps. I was hoping for more improvement for the breakouts on my chest. My legs, being the most affected, had the most improvement in redness and overall appearance of the bumpy skin (the worse the skin is, the more noticeable the improvement will be). My shins are often quite dry and this sloughed off the dry skin.

I wonder how much the AHAs in the scrub have an effect on the skin, being a rinse-off product, and if I would get the same results without the addition of the chemical exfoliant. I’ve just purchased the Skin Smoothing Body Lotion with 10% AHA from Reversa to see if I get further improvement.

With First Aid Beauty’s KP Bump Eraser, the smoothness of the skin is very good, the look of dry skin is improved, overall skin tone is a bit better and bumps are generally improved. I would repurchase.

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