Review: REDWIN Sorbolene Moisturiser with Vitamin E

I have used Redwin Sensitive Skin Sorbolene Moisturiser for a while now and I think this product is moisturising. It does have a waxy feeling at first and leaves white streaks which eventually disappears as it absorbs into the skin. It has a waxy, dull smell though because it does not have fragrance but it is normal because its for people with sensitive skin. Nevertheless, this is a good and cheap product that does its job as a moisturiser.

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The Ingredients

Water (aqua), Glycerin, Sorbitol, Stearic Acid, Mineral Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Triethanolamine, Triticum Vulgare (wheat) germ oil, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Sodium Benzoate, Chloroacetamide, Tetrasodium EDTA, p-chloro-m-cresol.

Ingredients Breakdown

  • Humectants: Glycerin and Sorbitol create a barrier on the skin that locks in the moisture keeping the skin hydrated.
  • Emulsifiers: Stearic acid and Cetearyl alcohol create the cream texture but does not really contribute to the moisturising. The stearic acid is the cause of the waxy feel and leaves the white streaks.
  • Emollient: Mineral oil moisturises the skin keeping it soft and smooth.
  • Skin Conditioner: Triticum Vulgare (wheat) germ oil contains a large amount of Vitamin E which is has a multi skin benefits.
  • Preservatives: Imidazolidinyl Urea, Sodium benzoate, Chloroacetamide and p-chloro-m-cresol prevent microorganism growth keeping the product fresh and micro free.
  • Chelating Agent: Tetrasodium EDTA is used to stabilise the product.

The Claims

Front of pack (FOP):

  • With 10% plant derived glycerine
  • Restoring with Vitamin E
  • Fragrance free
  • Colour free
  • pH balanced
  • Ideal for the whole family

Back of pack (BOP):

  • Multi purpose benefits: Ideal for working hands, nappy rash, skin rashes and sunburns, shaving cream for legs, underarms and face, make up removal
  • Locks in moisture and relieves dryness and itching
  • Helps soothe and relive common cracked, dry and irritated skin conditions
  • Paraben free

The Verdict

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This product is a good at moisturising based on the ingredients. The claims on the FOP is very appealing as all the claims are suitable for sensitive skin. The “pH balanced” claim means that the this moisturiser has a pH with is suitable for the skin and keeps it neutral to prevent skin irritation. The claims are mainly substantiated by glycerin, mineral oil and wheat germ oil.

  • Glycerin is a known as an effective moisturiser in cosmetic products. It increases hydration on the skin and is effective in treatment of dry skin as it absorbs water from the atmosphere and reduces the evaporation rate from the skin surface.
  • Mineral Oil also has similar functional properties as glycerin. There is however a bad press surrounding mineral oil as it is derived from petroleum. Now days there are a lot of products claiming  “mineral oil free” or “free from petrochemicals”. But performance wise, mineral oil is very good at doing its job.
  • Wheat Germ Oil is the source of natural Vitamin E.

Although this product is paraben free, there are other preservatives that are just as bad as parabens. Imidazolidinyl Urea when it decomposes releases formaldehyde which is a known toxic compound. Chloroacetamide is known to be a skin irritant and has been concluded that it is unsafe to be used in cosmetic products. So the claims on the BOP seems very contradicting as the preservatives are known to have skin irritation properties.

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