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Vaseline
Intensive Rescue Soothing Body Lotion with Chamomile
Rating
20.3 fl. oz. for $8.49
Category:Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer without Sunscreen
Last Updated:04.17.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Overview

Despite being advertised as an intensive product for extra dry skin, this is really just an average but OK moisturizer for dry skin. If you’d describe your dry skin as “very dry” or “painfully dry” then this body lotion isn’t likely to improve matters to a significant degree. In fact, this differs little from most of the other body lotions Vaseline offers.

Oddly, this body lotion doesn’t contain any of the plant extract chamomile. Chamomile can indeed be a good anti-irritant for skin, but it’s not present here—and we got our ingredient information directly from Vaseline’s website. This does contain fragrance as advertised, but fragrance isn’t skin care. In fact, too much fragrance can cause irritation that will prolong, not “rescue” very dry skin.

In the end, this isn’t among the best body lotions at the drugstore, but it’s a decent option if you’re on a tight budget and just want something basic to smooth dry (but not very dry) skin.

Claims

Intensive Rescue Soothing Chamomile Body Lotion was specifically formulated for dry to extra dry skin. This healing lotion leaves dry, itchy skin calmed and healthy. Our lightly fragranced formula combines chamomile & Stratys-3™ multi-layer moisture, infusing moisture at the top, core and deep down layers of skin, absorbing quickly – without greasiness.

Ingredients

Water, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Glycol Stearate, Isopropyl Palmitate, Petrolatum, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice Powder, Dihydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Tapioca Starch, Carbomer, Fragrance, Triethanolamine, Stearamide Amp, DMDM Hydantoin, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Disodium EDTA, Titanium Dioxide.

Brand Overview

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.

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