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Why is Gold Bond lotion good enough for stylists?

Renée asks… I’m a stylist and I just started in a new salon. I noticed that everyone uses Gold Bond hand cream after shampooing clients’ hair. I always thought that was kind of a crappy, low grade product. Shouldn’t they be using a better hand cream?

The Beauty Brains reply:

Gold Bond is kind of the gold standard when it comes to protecting your hands from detergent over-exposure. That’s because it contains 5 times the minimum amount of skin protectant that’s required by law.

The best skin protectant ingredient

The OTC (Over The Counter drug) monograph requires that a formula contain 1% or greater of dimethicone to be considered a true skin protectant product. Since dimethicone is relatively expensive, many companies will skimp on how much they use. But Chattem, Inc, the makers of Gold Bond, put use 5% dimethcone in this product which is MUCH higher than the concentration used by many other creams and lotions. In addition, they include petrolatum another outstanding moisture barrier ingredient. Together these two ingredients help lock moisure in the skin so it can heal itself.

To be honest, I’m a little surprised to see that it also contains menthol which on one hand can give a cooling effect but on the other hand can irritate raw skin. If you like the way it feels, it must be working for you. In any case, this is an inexpensive product that really works – there’s no need to spend more money on expensive brands.

Gold Bond Medicated Body Lotion ingredients

Active: Dimethicone 5% Menthol 0.15%

Inactive Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Stearamidopropyl PG Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Petrolatum, Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf Juice, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Distearyldimonium Chloride, Ceteareth 20, Propylene Glycol, Steareth 21, Steareth 2, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Disodium EDTA, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Propylparaben, Methylparaben, Triethanolamine, Fragrance

You can buy Gold Bond Medicated Body Lotion using this link and help support the Beauty Brains. Thank you!

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  • SoapyGuy January 18, 2016, 1:42 pm

    Menthol is a counterirritant, thought to work by “drowning out” pain sensation by exciting nerve pathways that do not transmit pain. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gate_control_theory

  • Terry December 31, 2016, 3:30 pm

    Is Gold bond safe to put on our skin, the largest organ of the body? I take bioidentical hormones and am amazed the power of skin absorption to change body chemistry. What is the safest most effective lotion for dry skin?

    • Randy Schueller January 1, 2017, 8:07 am

      I don’t know of any reason why Gold Bond wouldn’t be safe for skin application.

  • Sandra August 2, 2017, 10:30 am

    You just explained and verified what I discovered by chance. I also had thought that Gold Bond lotions were…well, not the best. On a trip once I forgot handcream, bought a small Gold Bond to tide me over, and never went back to anything else! It feels good, not sticky or oily, and has real staying power. For me, in addition to soothing regular dry skin, it helps prevent winter-time cuticle “splits”, and rough heels.

  • Joy January 7, 2018, 11:41 am

    I bought Gold Bond Medicated Body Lotion (the one with menthol) and put it all over my body after showering. This was a huge mistake! At first, it was only kind of tingly, which was nice, but a minute or so after I finished all over treatment, the burn of the menthol began. The irritation and pain from the menthol was unbearable! I got back in the shower, but feeling any temperature of water on my already irritated skin was horrible! I just tried to get it off my skin as quickly as possible, but the menthol had soaked in or something so I was completely miserable for a few hours until it wore off.

    It’s really good for your hands, though. Just don’t rub your eyes after applying.

    It might not be this bad for everyone, this is just my experience. But I will never apply something with menthol all over my body again!

  • Erika Price March 16, 2019, 12:44 pm

    As a pet stylist, I too am plagued with dry, cracking skin on my hands due to the constant bathing of dogs. I have found that Gold Bond Ultimate Foot Cream works best to relieve this. It has both urea and dimethicone listed as its second and third ingredients, no menthol.