Aveeno Skin Relief Moisturising Hand Cream

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Alisha Kotecha
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In recent years there has been a big emphasis on a multi regimented skincare routine, not only for the face but also for the rest of the body as well as a rise in demand for products which provide clean ingredients. Hand creams are seen as one of the base products which are essential for healthy looking skin with more and more consumers looking for a product which consists of natural ingredients. Aveeno skin relief moisturizing hand cream has gained popularity as a result of social media campaigns and celebrity endorsements of the product explaining the benefits of its use. Aveeno and its parent company Johnson and Johnson also works closely with scientists and and dermatologists to provide products which promote healthy skin. However, through my research it is clear that Aveeno skin relief moisturising hand cream can be considered a sustainable product but overall there is a lot of information which the company fails to provide its consumers not only about the product itself but also its practices.

What it's made of:


All of the ingredients in the moisturizer apart from water and Avena Sativa Kernal Flour are not natural and are instead manufactured, this is a clear contrast to what the official website promotes as it states that they ‘cultivate our natural ingredients in ideal conditions’. Some of the ingredients in the hand cream include Aqua, Glycerin, Petrolatum, Avena Sativa Kernal (Oat) Flour, Aveena Sativa, Kernal Oil, Aveena Sativa Kernal Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter and BHT. Avena Sativa Kernal (Oat) Flour is a natural oat extract which soothes against redness, itching, stinging and irritation and is the ingredient which the website largely focuses on. BHT stands for butylated hydroxytoluene which is a preservative and antioxidant which means that it stops the growth of bacteria and fungus. There are no parabens in the moisturiser, which can disrupt hormones in the body, but it is important to consider that not all Aveeno products are paraben free. Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, also known as shea butter is used to soothe the skin. However, the use of Petrolatum, which is a mineral oil can be seen as controversial as there are health and environmental hazards associated with its use. This is because sometimes it can be contaminated with hydrocarbons which can often lead to cancer. On this basis, the European Union states that this ingredient can only be used in cosmetic products if ‘it can be shown that the substance from which it is produced is not a carcinogen.’ This information is not provided on the Aveeno website or on the Johnson and Johnson website.

How it's made:


The Aveeno website has a page which explains how they use sustainable practices when it comes to manufacturing their products to reduce their environmental impact. However, there is no information regarding how they source the majority of their ingredients. For example, glycerin production usually occurs from the extraction of raw fats and oils from palm or coconut oil which requires the use of water, temperature and pressure which has global warming potential and has also contributed to freshwater and fossil depletion. The production of palm requires large amounts of land which promotes deforestation and in turn releases CO2 emissions. As well as the production of raw material, bottle production also contributes to releasing carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere as it requires the use of natural gas and oil to manufacture the plastic from which the bottles are made up from. However, Aveeno has been attempting to reduce their environmental impact through using sustainable packaging and by 2022 they aim to incorporate refillable packaging and reduce the weight of their tubes to minimize plastic use. In addition, they still use animal testing because they have similar policies to its parent company, Johnson and Johnson. However, the Johnson and Johnson website states that they do ‘not conduct animal testing in the research or development of our cosmetic products’ but then go on to say that they are investing in methods that do not require using animals which demonstrates a contradiction with their statements and their practices. They also sell their products in Mainland China where testing is required in order for the items to be sold in store, for this reason they are not PETA approved. Aveeno products are made in different locations such as Korea and Canada. The products are made in these areas before they are shipped to different parts of the world therefore not making it sustainable due to the CO2 emissions that are released from transporting it, however on their website they state that their supplier uses a mix of rail and truck from the farm to the milling center to reduce the emissions released. 

Who makes it:


Aveeno has been owned by Johnson and Johnson since 1999 but was founded by Albert and Sidney Musher in 1945. The website does not have any information about the supply chain including how they produce their products and how they treat their workers. The details that are provided are vague as they state that they work with farmers from countries like the UK to source their oats, with no details about the farmers’ rights mentioned on either the Aveeno website or on the Johnson and Johnson website, which could mean their workers are not treated in the best way.