Product Type: Vaseline Lip Care
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Protective barrier for lips
Vaseline Lip Therapy Petroleum Jelly Pocket Size
Member Name: helenc72
Vaseline Lip Therapy Petroleum Jelly Pocket Size
Advantages: Cheap, lasts ages, locks in moisture, nice shine
Disadvantages: Greasy fingers after you apply, doesn't seem to actually moisturise - only a protective barrier
I have used these little tins of Vaseline for years and although I no longer use them as much as I used to I do usually have a couple of them in my bag or on my dresser - either in this plain original version or one of the other varieties.
The Vaseline lip therapy tins are a simple little product but so well known and loved by many. The main use is as a lip balm, but it can also be regarded as a multi tasker. The packaging is a small round tin which contains 20g of Vaseline - more than you get with a lot of other lip balms so although the tin is small, it lasts for ages - I can easily get 6 months of regular and generous use from one tin, if not longer.
When it comes to lip balm I do generally prefer a stick or a tube to a tin or pot as I worry that it can be a bit hygenic constantly wiping my fingers over the product and exposing it to the air or dust every time I open the lid. I would also prefer to avoid sticky, greasy fingers but when applying Vaseline from the tin a bit of greasiness is inevitable. This issue is not enough to stop me using it, but I would love it if Vaseline was available in a stick!
The consistency seems quite solid when you first open the tin and touch it, but if it gets slightly warm, the Vaseline does become softer, gooier and a bit more liquid. It is definitely advisable not to really heat it up, so don't leave it near a radiator or out in the sun - the results are a very unappealing sloppy mess. When the Vaseline is in its normal state all I need to do is run my finger over the surface to get enough product to use. A small amount suffices and there is definitely no need to dig down and scoop a big bit out!
I used to think that Vaseline did a good job at moisturising my lips. However in the last year or so I have started to realise it was not really the case. I was almost addicted to Vaseline and kept topping it up constantly, but I did still get chapped lips sometimes. The Vaseline had a bit of a soothing effect but didn't seem to really improve the condition of my lips a great deal. I then found out that Vaseline, as a petroleum product, is only really designed to be a protective barrier sitting on top of the lips, protecting them from the elements. It does not actually really penetrate the skin, giving moisture below the surface and giving as much nourishment, moisture and repair as some other products. Once I heard this I thought of course it makes sense, and I thought it really rung true. I started using other lip products more regularly, such as the Burt's Bees sticks, and found them so much more effective at moisturising and conditioning my lips. However that is not to say that Vaseline is useless - I had liked it for so many years because I did feel it had some benefits and I still do. It does provide good protection to the lips especially in harsh wind and cold weather. It seals in the moisture that is already there. I also really like the subtle shine that Vaseline provides. From an aesthetic point of view I think a bit of Vaseline over the top of a lipstick can make it look less harsh, giving it a bit of a softer shine. Just Vaseline on its own also makes me look more finished than if I had absolutely nothing on my lips. I now use a wider variety of lip balms than I used to, and it is no longer just Vaseline for me, but I do still go back to it every now and again.
As for the other uses, it can be used on other areas of the skin to soothe dryness or roughness, although personally I find it a bit greasy for that. It can also be used on the eyelashes and one of my sisters in law likes to put a bit of Vaseline on after curling her eyelashes as she says it helps to hold the curl. I have also heard of people putting it as a protective barrier on a wound to stop germs getting in, though I have not tried it myself. People always come up with weird and wonderful things they do with their Vaseline, so it is more than just a lip balm.
Over all although for me it is not the most effective lip balm as far as moisturisation is concerned, I do see it as a classic and I always like to have one. There are now lots of different varieties, such as aloe vera (green tin), cocoa butter (brown tin), rose (pink tin), special edition creme brulee and probably others I can't think of. I have tried most of these and think some of those are more moisturising than the plain vaseline, due to the extra ingredients in them.
Summary: A classic lip balm, not the most effective moisturiser but good as a shiny protective barrier
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