What You Should Know
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SkinMedica produces a line of skin care products including the usual assortment of cleansers, toners, and moisturizers. Many of the SkinMedica products are focused on aging skin. SkinMedica Ceratopic Replenishing Lotion, while not specifically targeted to aging skin, claims to rehydrate dry and damaged skin and restore the skin’s natural barrier. SkinMedica Ceratopic Replenishing Lotion targets the rough skin on hands, feet, elbows and knees but can also be used on the face. According to the company’s website, it can be used as often as necessary.
The SkinMedica website contains a shopping cart feature and all products can be purchased directly from them. The company also provides a 30-day money-back guarantee on its products, minus the shipping cost. We like to see manufacturer’s guarantees as they give customers confidence that they can go ahead and buy and if the product doesn’t work out for them, they can get their money back. We would also like to see references to clinical trials supporting the effectiveness of the products, but did not find any on the SkinMedica website.
According to the company’s website, the ingredients in SkinMedica Ceratopic Replenishing Lotion are: Olive oil, soybean oil, oat kernel extract, carnosine, squalane, sodium hyaluronate, and tocopheryl acetate (Vitamin E). We believe that this is a list of active ingredients, and not a full list. We always find it concerning when a skin care company does not disclose its full ingredient list as it does not allow the consumer to compare ingredients with other products to determine quality and likely effectiveness. It also makes it impossible for those with skin allergies and sensitivities to assess whether there are any potential allergens in the product.
Of the ingredients listed, sodium hyaluronate, also known as hyaluronic acid, stands out for us. Hyaluronic acid can hold over 1,000 times its own weight in water and can deeply hydrate the skin. Vitamin E and squalane may also provide moisturizing and softening effects. None of these ingredients, except for hyaluronic acid, appear to be able to effect any long-lasting change in the symptoms of aging skin, such as wrinkles and sags. We feel that those battling wrinkles should invest in a skin care product developed specifically for that problem. Along with hyaluronic acid, we like to see collagen to replace the body’s diminishing supply and peptides like Matrixyl 3000 which stimulates the body’s own production of collagen or Argiriline which smoothes wrinkles by relaxing underlying facial muscles.
- Available for online purchase directly from the manufacturer.
- Contains hyaluronic acid.
- May not contain proven ingredients to help aging skin.
- No references to clinical studies supporting the effectiveness of the product.
- No full ingredient list available.
The Bottom Line
SkinMedica Ceratopic may be a useful moisturizer and hydrator of cracked and scaly skin on the body. However, we prefer that, for the face, a more specialized and expertly formulated product is used. Facial skin has different needs than elbow skin. We also prefer skin care companies that provide full disclosure of their ingredients as today’s consumers want as much information as they can to make their purchasing decisions.