Tested on animals:Yes
Despite this product's name, Intensive Care Healing Serum Radiance Restore is really much closer to a standard body lotion than a serum. A serum may be water-based like this product, but in contrast to a body lotion or cream, serums should contain a more concentrated mix of beneficial anti-aging ingredients—precisely what's missing from this non-intensive product!
We have some concern that the lemon and lime peel powders this body product contains could trigger irritation. Both fruits contain volatile fragrance components (d-limonene and geraniol) that can irritate skin, which isn't what you want to see in a product claiming to heal skin. The formula also contains smaller amounts of potentially irritating fragrance ingredients (Toxicology Letters, 2010).
However, because the powder form is being used, the concern expressed in research (which is typically tied to plant oil) is reduced, not to mention low levels of these ingredients appear to be safe when applied to skin. (Though we'd argue against taking the risk when there are so many other products you can use without concern.)
The bigger concern is that this body moisturizer doesn't come close to living up to its promises. The claims mention something called "PPAR activators" (which isn't explained anywhere on Vaseline's site) and "elastomers" that, along with petrolatum (aka Vaseline jelly; note the "petroleum" was dropped, most likely due to negative consumer perception about petroleum being crude oil, which isn't the same as petrolatum)are supposed to provide skin with "ten times the healing power." We're not sure what this is supposed to provide "ten times the healing power" of, because they don't follow that boast with anything of value—they could mean this product is better than using nothing at all! We do know we'd rather you use a body moisturizer loaded with proven ingredients rather than marketing mumbo-jumbo when the goal is to truly repair your skin and keep it healthy!
Of course, ingredients like petrolatum are helpful for dry skin when combined with other antioxidants and skin-identical agents. However, those "other" ingredients are precisely what this formula lacks, as there isn't anything remotely serum-like about it. With a name like, "Intensive Care Healing Serum Deep Repair," we expected far more than this.
The bottom line is that this isn't anything new under the sun, and definitely nothing to swap your well formulated moisturizer for. It's just an OK fragranced body moisturizer for normal to dry skin, but there are better options (even from the drugstore) on our list of Best Body-Care Products.
Note: If you're wondering how this formula differs from Vaseline's other Intensive Care Healing Serums (both of which appear to be identical), the Radiance Restore version adds emollient cocoa (cacao) butter to the mix, so it's slightly more moisturizing than the Advanced Repair and Deep Relief formulas.
- Not an advanced or particularly "healing" formula.
- Misleading product name when the formula differs little from the brand's body moisturizers.
- Lemon and lime peel powders pose a risk of irritation, and look to be present in larger-than-usual amounts.
- Contains several fragrance ingredients with research tying them to causing irritated, not healed, skin.