I’ve always been leery of body washes that claim to moisturize—I mean, clean and exfoliate? Sure. But, like moisturizing shampoos, I’ve never found that a cleanser can actually deliver enough lasting moisture to truly support the claim. Still, Dove claims their Sensitive Skin Nourishing Body Wash is fortified with “NutriumMoisture” a “breakthrough” formula of 100% natural moisturizers that can actually be absorbed completely to “nourish deep down.” That’s a lot of slightly-vague hype (but hey, what good beauty product marketing isn’t?)—but I’ll try to keep an open mind.
Created for sensitive skin, this particular body wash has no discernible fragrance which, admittedly, I kinda miss being a fan of such things to help clear the fog during my 6 a.m. shower, but for those with truly sensitive skin I’m sure this is a plus. The wash itself is pleasingly creamy—giving me hope that there’s actually some moisture benefit to be had in there somewhere—but doesn’t really lather up quite as much as I’d like (I’m sure this probably means it has less sulfates, which is a good thing, but still makes me feel like I have to use more to get a good result).
So what about the promised “nourishment”? Sure enough, after several days of use, I can’t say my skin is suddenly super-moisturized (not giving up my cocoa butter body lotions just yet) but overall it really does seem softer and, maybe more importantly, less apt to dry out quite as quickly.
Chiq or Weak: Chiq. I can’t say it’s my top body wash of all time, but for sensitive skin and long-term results, it does seem to do the job—for a price you can’t argue with.