Category: Moisturizer (body)
Product Name: George’s Special Dry Skin Cream & George’s Light Special Moisturizing Lotion
Product Description:George’s Special Dry Skin Cream was created for lasting dry skin relief. It provides relief from different types of skin symptoms and conditions and it works! That is why it is recommended by dermatologists, pharmacists and physicians. Provides immense relief for those suffering from any of the following conditions: eczema, psoriasis, sunburn, windburn, cradle cap, winter itch, flaky skin, tough elbow skin, radiation therapy, sport chafing (runners, cyclists), swimmer’s itch, dry hands and cracked cuticles, foot problems including those associated with diabetes.
George’s Light Special Moisturizing Lotion is a lighter version of George’s Special Dry Skin Cream, and has been carefully researched and formulated to soothe and protect problem skin. It is gentle enough for use every day and can be used by those with sensitive skin. It maintains the integrity of the cream with a minimum of ingredients and has no additives that could cause allergies. Use daily to moisturize, soothe and protect dry skin. (from georgescream.com)
Price: George’s Special Dry Skin Cream – $2.99 / $6.99 / $14.99 CAD
George’s Light Special Moisturizing Lotion – $2.99 / $10.99 CAD
Amount: George’s Special Dry Skin Cream – 30mL (tube) / 90mL (tube) / 450g (jar)
George’s Light Special Moisturizing Lotion – 30mL (tube) / 360mL (bottle w/ pump)
Packaging: The cream is available in three sizes. Two smaller sizes come in glossy white tubes with white flip caps and the full size comes in a jar with a twist off lid.
The lotion is available in two sizes. A smaller glossy white tube with a blue flip cap, with the full size is in a white bottle with a standard blue pump that locks.
Experience: When I was first contacted to see if I would be interested in trying out George’s Cream, I was curious but also skeptical. Skin is always troublesome and I’m quite particular with my moisturizer. I had never heard of the company, but I was pleasantly surprised to find out that this brand is a Canadian success story, so I was instantly interested. This was compounded when I discovered that George’s does not contain urea, lanolin or parabens and has been specifically made to be hypoallergenic and fragrance free. They also don’t test on animals, which is a critical factor for many people.
To give a frame of reference for this review, I’ve been using these products regularly since December. My overall skin type would be best described as combination; the skin on my upper body is combination-oily, whereas the skin on my lower body is combination-dry. My skin is notoriously picky with moisturizers, whether they’re cream, gel or lotion – so these products definitely are up against a lot.
The packaging is quite typical, though I find the tubes to be quite malleable. It’s very easy to squeeze out the product, so be careful not to squeeze out too much the first time you try. A locking pump is always a plus in my books because it makes the product instantly portable. My only gripe with the packaging is that I’m often left with hardened bits after a few uses. It’s definitely a typical problem with many pump bottles, but I still find it annoying.
The texture of the cream is a bit peculiar. It actually reminded me a little of Glaxal Base; a product I used to use as a child when my eczema was really bad. It’s thick and creamy, but what makes it different is that it also has a fluffy quality to it. The formula is very rich, and while I wouldn’t call it greasy there it does take some time to fully absorb. The lotion on the other hand absorbs quite quickly. In fact, I was skeptical at first because I felt like I needed to use more, when it was really unnecessary. The texture of the lotion is quite light, and on the more liquid side of traditional lotions without being runny.
Neither of these moisturizers carry a fragrance that I can detect. That might be a deterrent to some, but I really appreciate that it’s absent since my sensitive skin often reacts to overly fragrance body lotions. I’m at a loss of how to describe the scent, it’s quite subtle and isn’t the typical synthetic or medicinal scent of many prescription creams.
I’ve taken to using the lotion as my after shower moisturizer. It’s light enough that it doesn’t cause any breakouts, but moisturizing enough to keep my skin soft and flake free. Despite the relatively mild winter, it’s still been dry and this lotion has been a great help. The cream is too heavy for all over body use for me. It’s great for really stubborn spots on elbows or heels, but I actually prefer to carry it around in my purse so I can use it on my hands. My job requires massive amounts of hand-washing, which is great for hygienic purposes but it can do some major damage as well. This is a great balance to all that washing because it restores the stripped moisture and keeps my skin soft and intact.
Pros: George’s Special Dry Skin Cream – keeps cuticles soft, no fragrance, no irritation, soothes irritated skin, super moisturizing
George’s Light Special Moisturizing Lotion – absorbs quickly, doesn’t leave a residue on the skin, no breakouts, no fragrance, no irritation, very moisturizing
Cons: George’s Special Dry Skin Cream – takes longer to absorb
George’s Light Special Moisturizing Lotion – pump clogs up after 2-3 uses
Availability: In grocery, mass merchandise and drug stores nationwide (Canada) including Shoppers Drug Mart &