Tested on animals:Yes
Intensive Care Healthy Hands Stronger Nails is a fairly good hand cream that keeps hands smooth and comfortable without feeling greasy. However, its lightweight texture isn't great if dry hands and cuticles are a persistent problem—this contains a lower amount of moisturizing emollients that contribute to its light feel.
Like most hand creams, this one contains ingredients that can improve the look of cuticles(though more emollients would have been much more helpful)—but this won't necessarily stop nails from breaking because nails break for a variety of reasons; dryness alone isn't a direct cause.
The formula contains two AHA ingredients, potassium lactate and lactic acid, but the pH of this hand cream is outside the range needed for exfoliation to occur. Still, both of those ingredients help bind moisture to skin, so they're not wasted here.
We like that antioxidants also are included, but keep in mind that for daytime use, you need a hand cream that offers broad-spectrum sun protection. Note that any well-formulated moisturizing sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater can and should be used on hands, too; you don't need a special product labeled "hand cream."
- Leaves hands feeling soft, but not slick or greasy.
- Contains some good antioxidants.
- Won't be moisturizing enough for persistently dry hands.
- The AHA ingredients are unlikely to exfoliate given the pH of the formula.
- Doesn't contain anything special for nails prone to breakage.
Our hands are often the first to suffer from dry skin, taking a battering from the sun, low humidity and harsh cleansers that chip away at the skin’s natural barrier. In our Intensive Care™ Healthy Hands Stronger Nails formula, we’ve packed micro-droplets of Vaseline® Jelly with powerful moisturizers into a travel-friendly size to give you healing moisture on the go for very dry hands and help to stop your nails from breaking.
Water, Potassium Lactate, Glycerin, Sodium Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Stearic Acid, Mineral Oil, Dimethicone, Lactic Acid, Glycol Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterol, Lecithin, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E Acetate), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil or Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Sodium PCA, Sodium Stearoyl-2-Lactylate, Urea, Collagen Amino Acids, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Petrolatum, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearamide AMP, Cyclopentasiloxane, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Glyceryl Stearate, Fragrance (Parfum), Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, DMDM Hydantoin
Strengths: Inexpensive and widely available; very good hand cream; a handful of good body lotions for dry skin.
Weaknesses: Many of the body lotions have average formulas that don’t compete with drugstore brands such as CeraVe, Olay, and Eurcerin; the body lotion with sunscreen does not supply sufficient UVA protection, leaving skin vulnerable to the sun’s most aging rays.
The Vaseline brand is perhaps among the oldest and most well-known around the world. Since the advent of Vaseline Petroleum Jelly in the late 1800s, the brand has been synonymous with treating dry, chafed, cracked skin. Although petroleum jelly is among the best ingredients for preventing moisture loss and healing dry skin, it must be said that skin requires more than one ingredient to look and function at its healthy best. To that end, Vaseline has branched out from its original, ointment-like petroleum jelly to a line of body creams and lotions that contain a range of helpful ingredients for dry skin. Their body-care formulas aren't the most exciting around, but there are some good options. Adding to the handful of commendable products are Vaseline's widespread availability and relatively low price point.
This is definitely a line to shop carefully, because many of the body lotion formulas aren’t all that great; in fact, most of them pale in comparison to competing brands sold at the drugstore. Despite Vaseline’s history, they’re not consistently keeping pace with what modern research has shown is necessary to significantly improve dry skin. If you focus on their best products, you can find some bona-fide beauty bargains but again, this isn’t a line to shop blindly.
For more information about Vaseline, owned by Unilever, call (800) 475-7084 or visit www.vaseline.com.