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Vanicream Moisturizing Skin Cream – Look at the label

Vanicream is an elegantly simple formula that is particularly well suited for sensitive skin. Why? Let’s look at the label…

This product only contains a few ingredients that are relatively inert and it doesn’t contain the usual suspects that can irritate skin such as anionic surfactants and fragrance. It’s even free of “typical” preservatives such as parabens and Methylisothiazolinone, instead it uses a combination of sorbic acid and BHT. If the product was packaged in an open mouth jar I’d be worried these preservatives aren’t robust enough to protect it from the microbes introduced when you dip your fingers into the product. Fortunately it’s packaged with a pump dispenser which provides some added protection against contamination.

The moisturizing ingredients are petrolatum, which provides an effective barrier to moisture loss, and sorbitol, which is a humectant that will help bind water to the skin.

Vanicream Ingredients

Purified Water, White Petrolatum, Cetearyl Alcohol and Ceteareth-20, Sorbitol Solution, Propylene Glycol, Simethicone, Glyceryl Monostearte, Polyethylene Glycol Monostearate, Sorbic Acid and BHT

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  • Kevin March 22, 2014, 12:06 pm

    Too bad it contains Sorbic Acid, which irritates my skin. I do much better with Parabens.

  • Jenn March 22, 2014, 8:01 pm

    I suffer from dry skin on my forehead and have not found a solution yet! It’s a tricky one for me as some moisturizes break my skin out into bad rashes that don’t go away for days. This one looks interesting though and seems to have a lot of reviews…. I will certainly look into this one more.. Thanks x

  • Pedro March 23, 2014, 12:53 am

    Isn’t glycerin a better humectant than sorbitol?

    • Randy Schueller March 23, 2014, 10:29 am

      Based on what I’ve seen in the past, yes, glycerin does absorb more water than sorbitol.

  • Karen March 23, 2014, 2:55 am

    I was so glad to read this review because I’m a huge fan of Vanicream. I use both their regular and light lotions as a moisturizer, as well as their hand cream and bar soap. A dermatologist recommended it to me due to skin problems I can develop with other products that would seem innocuous but aren’t. Since making the change, I’ve had no issues and my skin is amazingly hydrated, even on tough to soften areas like my feet; far better and for longer than any other moisturizer I’ve used in the past. Absolutely LOVE this stuff!

    Thanks, Beauty Brains. Now I know why! :)

  • Eileen March 23, 2014, 11:36 am

    I’ve tried Vanicream a couple of times throughout the years and both times, my skin broke out in a rash. I should have known after the first time and so shame on me for trying it a second time, but a friend kept insisting it was the best stuff around for sensitive skin. I’ll have to respectfully disagree :-(

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