“ Brand: Vaseline / Type: Body Lotion/Moisturiser / Subcategory: Body Balm / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / What it does: Repairs, regenerates / Product line: Vaseline Intensive Rescue „
I was given this product as a gift from a friend who favours it for her dry skin. I do suffer from small amounts of dry skin in specific areas as a lot of us do, and so was eager to try this product. I've tried a few of the body products from the vaseline line, such as their essential moisture lotion, and their cocoa butter vitalising gel- the brand has always delivered mixed results for me personally.
I wasn't sure how much this product costs, so I checked in store, and it tends to retail between four and five pounds at Superdrug, Boots and Savers. Obviously it varies.
I'm quite fond of the packaging this product came in. There's a blue cap that is very striking next to the body of the tube. The applicator is a pump that is very easy to use and control, as well as it being much more sanitary than a pot format. There's a big Vaseline logo, the standard for most Vaseline products, along with a short description of the product's purpose. The product is for 'intensive rescue', a 'relief & repair balm' suitable for 'very dry skin.' In addition to this it also says that the product is hypoallergenic; I don't tend to ever react badly to products, but it's always a plus to know that a product I'm using is hypoallergenic. There is no indication of where this product can be used, so I just assumed it was suitable for both body and face, but I will tell you where I recommend using it and where I don't.
The negative thing about the packaging is there's no way to work out how much of the product you have left, I suppose you could try and guess by the weight of it in your hand but it's not really a good indicator.
The two main ingredients are listed as glycerin (a standard moisturising ingredient) and occlusives, a type of moisturising agent that slows the evaporation of water from the skin.
The directions state that you should apply 'liberally' as needed. First of all I don't think you need to apply this liberally, a little goes a long way with this product (that's a good thing though). You get 100ml which is fairly good value as you really don't need much; I've used this product everyday for about a month and I think I still have loads left (though there's no way to tell really).
The product claims to have 'the highest combination of moisturising ingredients' that 'work within seconds' to relieve severe dryness. I have severely dry skin on my elbows (sometimes on my knees as well) and it does work very effectively on this area, within seconds - so that claim is fair.
My skin type of my face is oily/combination with my cheeks having a tendency to be dry. I did try using a thin layer on my cheek area before bed and it seemed to clog the pores as a red bump appeared the next morning - so I refrain from using this on my face. That is just my opinion, it may work effectively for other people, I don't know, but I personally would not recommend using this on the face. Especially as my skin is as resilient as anything and never tends to breakout to anything. I only use this on parts of my body (elbows & knees) and as a night time hand moisturiser occasionally.
One negative point on this product is it takes a long time to absorb, leaving an oily layer on the skin - which means you probably wouldn't want to use this on your face in the day time anyway, unless you're content with that sort of appearance.
Another place I've used this product that might seem surprising is on my lips before bed time, it works very nicely for this area, when I wake up my lips feel hydrated and look full. I wouldn't use this product during the day time on my lips either though, it leaves an oily film as mentioned that takes a long time to absorb, and I tend to use a lip balm containing spf during the day time on my lips anyway.
Overall this product is very good for dry skin on the body, it comes in a sophisticated applicator, provides instant moisturisation for severely dry skin, and a small amount goes a long way.
Could I live without this product? Yes, I wouldn't say this product was an indispensible part of my beauty arsenal personally. There are a lot of other products out there that treat dry skin on the body, but this is a good product that lives up to its promise. I would recommend it for people who want to treat dry skin on their body, hands, lips, or maybe even their neck - but I don't think this is suitable for your face.
My extremely dry skin on the nose region makes way for dead skin afloat large red patches that are fairly unattractive. Having used ridiculous amounts of E45 cream I was informed by my Doctor that the substance common in many moisturisers: Lanolin, was possibly causing an irritation on my skin and I should seek some alternatives. Helpfully stating it was free from Lanolin, Vaseline intensive rescue relief and repair balm was an immediate purchase due to my trust in Vaseline products I had used previously.
At the time, this product was on sale from the regular price of £5 per 100ml of balm. With a cross section of a 2 pound coin and height of about 5 inches, this moisturiser is ideal to be grabbed quickly and easily with a blue coloured top to further aid in the locating of this product. RR&R (Rescue Relief & Repair ) balm is hypoallergenic which means the product is much less likely to conflict with any allergies. This product is suitable for 'very dry skin' which makes it Vaseline's most intense moisturiser. The aim of this balm is to help stimulate the repairing process of dry skin to recovery within 5 days with glycerin to 'instantly relieve dryness symptoms' and 'help fortify skin's protective barrier'. The container is a pump action dispenser with a small nozzle to release a rather small amount of this cream at a time which avoids too much moisturiser being expelled and wasted. The container itself is block white with no kind of indication as to how much of the product remains which became a problem for me recently. There was none of the lotion exiting the nozzle after several pumps, which was possibly due to it being clogged. Little did I know I still had a month onwards of product remaining for the days to come despite making use of it everyday for several months making for great value for money.
This product really manages to keep the redness away from my face with a dramatic reduction in dry skin from the first application. By applying the balm every time I wash and dry my face, I can keep my nose area feeling smooth and well... normal. Very little is required, but it will not simply become absorbed into the skin or dry off. To avoid oily looking skin, an extremely small amount should be used in the morning, whilst more for night where it will naturally rub off over time whilst staying long enough to moisturise. It is important to wash the dead skin away before making use of this product to allow it to work properly. Being a body lotion, you are not exactly limited to your face. I tend to get dry skin between my fingers where this balm isn't quite as effective. I found it to sting when applied to this area which contained broken skin, yet it does show a mild improvement. However I do let this slide for I originally purchased the balm for my face only. There isn't much residue left within the cap of the container for the cream does not harden like many moisturisers I've used and generally keeps the inside clean.
This is now a staple product to my daily routine to keep my dry skin in check which I must be consistent with, for failure to use this product for a day or two promotes the chance for my skin to return to the dryness of sand. So keep very dry skin feeling smooth and hydrated, Vaseline intensive rescue relief and repair balm is a moisturiser I put highly on a list of recommendations that should be considered.
I feel that a list of ingredients may be important for those with sensitive skin which is why I am providing one:
Petrolatum, Aqua, Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Isopropyl, Palmitate, Stearic Acid, Potato Starch Modified, Glycol Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearmide AMP, Potassium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Ethylene Brasslate, Methhyparaben, Propylparaben, Phenoxyethanol.