Eucerin-Eczema Relief Hand Cream

overall rating:

2

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Peter Mofokeng
12/1/2021
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Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis) is a battle millions face every day. From excessive itching, rashes, and fissures to dry and cracked skin, eczema amplifies many insecurities about our skin and its overall appearance. Some of us constantly agonize over what we look like, and having eczema doesn't make the anguish any better. Over 31.6 million Americans have this skin disorder, affecting all races. One in every ten people will develop eczema as a child. As an adult with eczema, I often have to be extremely careful of what soap I bathe with, what lotion I use, and my diet. If I ignore those three factors, my skin tends to turn red and begins to itch incredibly. Eucerin Eczema Relief, in my opinion, is almost as good as any prescribed skin ointment. It moisturizes and mitigates the pain from constant scratching. 

What it's made of:

1.5

Eczema Relief Hand Cream is fragrance and steroid-free. Therefore, compared to topical prescriptions, there are no ingredients in the cream, such as scents, that alter skin pigments and affect allergies. Also, another critical active ingredient in the cream is Colloidal Oatmeal Skin Protectant, which nourishes and moisturizes the epidermis or surface layer of the skin. Other ingredients include: Water, Glycerin (allows the skin to retain moisture), Mineral Oil, Cetyl Alcohol (softens skin and remove flakiness), Glyceryl Stearate (fortifies epidermis), Stearyl Alcohol (soften and smoothes skin), Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides (softens skin), Caprylic-Capric-Triglyceride (protects epidermis), Octyldodecanol, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter (helps retain moisture and natural anti-aging agent), Cetyl Palmitate (prevents emulsions or sores), PEG-40 Stearate (skin cleanser), Glycyrrhiza Inflata Root Extract (skin lightener), Ceramide NP (anti-aging and dry skin preventer), Phenoxyethanol (prevents bacteria growth), Caprylyl Glycol (skin hydrator), Benzyl Alcohol (texture), Decylene Glycol (skin conditioning), Menthoxypropanediol (cooling agent)(MPD), Sodium Citrate (water softener), and Citric Acid (skin exfoliator). I appreciate that there are many ingredients listed here, but each of them plays an integral role in the makeup of this cream. The ingredients listed above are all relatively synthetic, and some are derived from nature. For example, all ingredients are relatively non-toxic for cosmetic use. Other ingredients such as Butyrospermum Parkii Butter and Glycyrrhiza Inflata Root Extract are 100% natural. Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, a hand-cultivated shea butter produced in Africa, produces a minimal carbon footprint as it predominantly excludes the use of machines. Glycyrrhiza Inflata Root is grown in rich dirt. It generates a net-zero carbon footprint based on how it's grown and the carbonless process underpinning its cultivation. Generally speaking, many manufactured chemicals overall aren't particularly sustainable because they create a substantial carbon footprint in factories, especially emissions. The fact of the matter is, any synthetic chemical manufacturing contributes to pollution, contamination, and waste. There are more straightforward ways to manufacture products, using more naturally cultivated products like aloe and shea butter. However, I wonder if the quality of the product remains the same?

How it's made:

2

Dermatologist highly recommends Eucerin as Eucerin thoroughly researches and procures raw materials before manufacturing. Skin triggers and functions are carefully analyzed in labs, which ultimately helps create solutions to battle these skin-related issues, including eczema. Product development is also a considerable facet of the Eucerin brand as well. Eucerin and their parent company, Beiersdorf AG, conduct research with more than 500 scientists. The research includes human medicine, molecular biology, bioengineering, and chemistry. According to Eucerin's website, the main research areas of the Eucerin Science Center include skin research, aging, influencing factors and damages, and inflammation. Eucerin produces skincare ailment products as well as and sunscreen and skin cleansers. Its parent company, Beiersdorf, is a German-based company that manufactures body care products and ships them worldwide. They actively seek to reduce their carbon footprint by modifying manufacturing processes, thereby enabling sustainable products. Eucerin commits their website opposing animal testing, something I feel is a convenient defense most companies in this century hide behind. Eucerin's parent company, Beiersdorf, has been committed to sustainability for quite some time, basing their commitment on three pillars: "Products, Planet, People." The organization monitors its entire value chain from raw material procurement to the well-being and safety of staff members and society. Since its highly unsustainable cultivation and production, they also work closely with non-profit organizations on palm oil production protocols. Company facilities are 100% renewable energy powered, and production centers are zero waste to landfills. All facilities are on track by 2025 to drastically reduce water usage by 25%. On behalf of Eucerin, Beiersdorf, by 2025, pledges compostable packaging, the responsible sourcing of exclusively renewable ingredients, and to keep their primary commodities deforestation-free. Beiersdorf also has plans to mitigate energy and transport-related CO2 emissions per manufactured product by 70% by 2025.

Who makes it:

2.5

Eucerin involves its workforce on all sustainability initiatives, including work environment improvement and environmental protection. From the outside looking in, you must appreciate Eucerin's sustainability goals, procurement processes, and what they want to attain in such a short time. Eucerin, on behalf of Beiersdorf, doesn't appear to bluff its customers, unlike other major companies. They are very transparent about their role in the unsustainable practice of cultivating palm oil and how they're working with non-profits for sustainable alternatives. Outside of this, not much is known about company culture and employee morale at their manufacturing facilities, offices, and research laboratories. The only complaint I saw workers voice on two or three websites was the high turnover of senior-level management. It left employees confused, unwilling to trust new leadership.