Sunday, 25 March 2012

BzzAgent Review of Dove Maximum Protection

I'm a BzzAgent!! BzzAgent is a word-of-mouth programme; BzzAgent provided me with a sample of this product in return for my open and honest review.

Dove maximum protection claims to be 2 x stronger in the protection against sweat than the leading anti-perspirant but at the same time cares for your underarm skin with Dove 1/4 moisturising cream.

I think I have fairly over-active sweat days and stressful situations drive me crazy as it makes me uncomfortable and causes me to lose confidence. I don't want to have to worry about damp patches or unpleasant smells!  I was therefore pretty keen to trial this when it popped into my inbox from BzzAgent!  It couldn't have come at a better time for me....arriving just before the start of my new, and fairly stressful job...I realised this was the perfect time to trial this product.

Overall, I'm incredibly impressed.  It really does work.  I've been using for three weeks now and I haven't had any problems, despite both summer-like temperatures and the stresses of my new job.  

However, there is one thing about this that makes me slightly uneasy.  The instructions tell you that for optimum use you should apply before bed.  They say that whilst resting, the Dove maximum protection formula provides scientifically proven wetness protection which lasts throughout the following day.  There is no need to reapply in the morning (even if you've showered).  I should say at this point, that I haven't applied it at night, but just in the morning as I would a normal  anti-perspirant.  This is because I don't feel comfortable with putting this sort of product on just before I go to bed.  But applying in the morning hasn't caused any problems and I still think it is wonderfully effective.

My one downside to this would be that after using for a while I noticed that when showering, and using dove shower cream, I suddenly got this tight feeling (like when I use soap - I'm one of those people who can only use liquid soap, not a bar of soap as bars of soap make my skin tight and uncomfortable).  I initially thought that perhaps dove had changed the ingredients in the shower cream to something my skin didn't like - but then it dawned on me, it was only when I used it under my arms I ended up with this feeling.  I can therefore only conclude that this anti-perspirant puts some sort of coating on your skin that doesn't wash off particularly effectively.  It concerns me that if it isn't washing off ever completely, I might just be building up the chemicals on my skin (which cannot be healthy for you!)  It also makes it incredibly difficult to shave under your arms as the razor doesn't glide over the skin like it used to, but gets stuck, doesn't really work very well and is fairly uncomfortable.

This for me is a fairly big downside, but at the moment it is worth it for the effective protection that it provides.  I also think that £5 is fairly expensive for a anti-perspirant - time will tell whether I value it enough to buy again!