Skincare Review: Eucerin Body Lotions (Saved My Skin)

Hey everybody, I hope you had a restful weekend and are ready to take on the week! We have been having a mild winter in Belgium, but the temperature has dropped rather significantly since yesterday, and now we’re looking at a week of -6 Celsius (around 20 degrees Fahrenheit) weather. That’s why I thought there’s no better timing to review and recommend Eucerin lotions!

When I first came to Belgium a little more than 3 years ago, I found it appalling how people didn’t shower rigorously on a daily basis. Coming from a subtropical country where a shower or two are required, the idea of not scrubbing the heck out of my skin with a shower lily every day seemed flat-out unhygienic and repulsive. Therefore, I went on with my daily routine until one day, in the middle of the winter, my skin started itching horribly.

If you have never experienced itchy skin in winter, you probably wouldn’t know what I’m talking about. Let me put it this way: imagine having a million ants crawling on your skin all the time, particularly on your legs. Of course social etiquette dictates that you don’t scratch your legs in public, but when you do get to scratch your skin breaks so easily that you can’t go on anyways. It was bad. It was so urgent that I ran to L’Occitane, paid for the most nourishing cream they had, only to have the situation stay the same. Don’t get me wrong. Most L’Occitane products work very well, and I am personally a fan of the brand. It’s just that it didn’t work out so well that one time.

Finally, one day I had the good sense to go into a pharmacy for help. The pharmacist recommended Eucerin PH5 Body Lotion, and that was the end of my misery and beginning of my loyalty to Eucerin body lotions!

Eucerin PH5 Body Lotion was what saved my skin back at the time. It promises to “reinforce skin’s natural defense” and “penetrate rapidly to durably reestablish the skin’s natural reserve of hydration (this is my own translation, so bear with me if it is not perfect).” The big bottle (400 ml) comes with a pump that works really well. It is easy to control how much/little product you want every time you pump. The texture is on the thick side, and it has a smell that I can’t quite put my finger on. It doesn’t smell like the plant-based smell that I’m usually into, but it is not overwhelming either. The smell also lingers for a little while on my skin, but not annoyingly obviously. Like all thicker lotions, it takes a little time and patience to work it into the skin. It leaves a protective film behind, but it is not greasy. My skin looks happy and radiant after using this lotion, and most important of all, the itching completely stopped after the first use. I have tried other lotions after that, usually during warmer months when my skin is not as sensitive. However, every winter I get my bottle of PH5 Lotion just in case.

This year, when I went to the pharmacy to stock up on my supply, I saw a new one called AQUAporin Active. Being curious, I picked up the rich version (there is also a light one, but I wanted to be on the safe side). This lotion claims to bring “optimal, intense, and durable hydration to your skin,” and your skin should become “fresh, supple, soft, and radiant” as the result. Compared with the PH5 Body Lotion, this one has a much thinner texture though it is definitely not what you would call runny. It has a different smell. Again, not what I normally gravitate towards but it’s not unpleasant. The great thing about this one is it absorbs instantly into my skin. I can jump right into my clothes without worrying the lotion getting onto them, so that’s a big plus. I get enough miniaturization from this one, though I do have doubts about being able to say the same for extremely dry skin (like what I had 3 years ago). I still have to experiment with it in harsher weather (like the coming week), and I will report back to let you know if it resists!

A big bottle of Eucerin PH5 Body Lotion retails for around 19 euros, and AQUAporin Active retails for around 17. Like all truly effective products, a little goes a long way! Sometimes you can find a 20% off sticker on the bottle, so all in all I consider the price very reasonable! I know that Eucerin markets different lotions in the US, and I can’t vouch for those. Since I do have positive experience with this brand however, if you are at the end of the rope trying to find a lotion to get you through winter, I would still advise you take a look at Eucerin body lotions!

Bottom line: Highly recommended! Eucerin body lotions don’t have the fanciest packaging or scents, but if you want something truly effective to get you through winter, make them your best pals!

How about you? Do you have problems with dry skin in winter? How do you combat the problem? Have you tried anything Eucerin?

Stay tuned and stick around, folks!

Sunny xx

11 responses

  1. Finally a kindred spirit! I am from Malaysia and have been living in Norway for the past 5 years. The winter makes my skin itch so badly, not to mention the eczema flare ups.

    I do have Eucerin’s AQUAPorin rich cream in rotation among the many different lotions and body oil I have to use to survive winter. It definitely does help. I do like L’occitane’s Shea Butter body cream (I think it’s in a white tub) but it’s not very economical as I slather a lot of moisturizer everyday, and sometimes even re-apply before I sleep.

    Some of my favourites are:
    1. The German Nivea cream – there are a few options for this but the German one works better.
    2. Weleda Skin Food – this is not a huge tube for the body but I apply it to stubborn dry spots on my skin. It works wonderfully well and has a herb-ish smell.
    3. Raw shea butter – I buy this via Etsy. A large jar costs less than 10USD and it lasts for a long time.
    4. Organic jojoba oil – I used a lot of this in Summer and Autumn to prepare my skin for winter.
    5. Clinique’s Body Butter – pretty good body moisturizer but cheapest when bought at Duty Free ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hey Fieran, thanks so much for dropping by and leaving all the tips in a comment! I really appreciate it, and I’m sure anyone who stumbles upon this article will as well!

      I think the concept of hygiene is very different in hotter/colder climate. I have learnt not to over-soap myself in the meantime, and that definitely helps! The L’Occitane Shea Butter Body Cream is a good product, but for some reason it didn’t help when the situation was completely out-of-hand that time. That’s why Eucerin has a very special place in my heart!

      I’ve heard so much about German Nivea! It’s strange how they make different versions in different countries, while this one is more effective than the others! I’ll have to check where Nivea products here come from! I didn’t know it’s possible to get raw shea butter but I bet it’s effective!

      Just checked your blog out too. I’m head over heels about New York as well! Following you now ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. You’re most welcome.

    Indeed, not over-soaping makes a big difference. I’ve started being a bit more careful with the shower gels/cremes I use. I only use cremes in winter. Body Shop makes a nice coconut shower creme that works very well. Weleda’s Pomegranate shower cream is very soothing for dry itchy skin.

    I agree, it’s so weird how they have different versions..must be something to do with the availability of ingredients or maybe even export laws.

    I’m crazy about travel and would love to visit Belgium one day ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for following me and have a nice day!

  3. I’ve never used Eurerin, but your tips and tricks make me want to buy some.
    I also live in Norway and am in need of some good moisturizing skin products.

    X, Sarah

    • Hey Sarah, thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment! I just checked out your blog (it’s GREAT! I’m following you now), and it looks SO FRICKKING COLD in Norway! You should really give Eucerin a chance. Keep me posted about how it works for you! Hope to see you around often ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. i like eucerin products!
    i was using eucerin aquaphor cream my lips for years.
    i got slightly itchy bumpy skin this winter thanks to my daily wear of tights. ;/
    right now i am using a tube of curel lotion for sensitive skin and it seems to work for me but i wann include this in my next drugstore order.

    have a great week, Sunny!
    (love love your blog ^-^)

    • Oh yeah, I use Eucerin lip repair (again, it’s marketed with a different name here, but I think it’s the same thing) too! You should really give Eucerin lotion a try if your skin is dry and sensitive. Let me know how it works for you (I hope it won’t disappoint you)!

      Have a great week too Lena! I’ve really enjoyed your blog too ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Yeah, for some reason calves always have it the hardest when it comes to dryness! Lucky you for not having dry skin, Teri! Do you still need some lotion in winter though?

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