Does It Work?
I'm not a doctor, so I would encourage you to consult one before using Vaseline for anything related to a medical purpose, but for superficial skin care purposes, I gotta say, you can't beat this classic. I like to use it for chapped lips and dry elbows and feet, but I find it a bit greasy for eye makeup removal or as a substitute for my night cream. I'm always amazed, though, at the many different uses people find for this old-fashioned miracle product. (Base for perfume, anyone?)
Some readers have expressed concern that Vaseline might be addictive, or even harmful. Our Multicultural Beauty Guide did some research on this topic a while back, and found that respected sources like Dr. Andrew Weil and the Environmental Working Group feel that Vaseline is a low hazard at worst. (EWG gave it a 0 rating, which in this case, is good.)
However, if you want to avoid petroleum products, obviously you'll want to steer clear of Vaseline Petroleum Jelly. But you probably already knew that, as it's right in the name.
Texture, Feel, and Smell:
How to Use
- To soften rough, calloused feet: Apply liberally to clean feet just before bed, and cover with clean, white socks.
- As an eye cream/makeup remover: Pat on eyes and massage gently. Remove with cotton balls or pads. Cleanse as usual, rinse, pat dry, and moisturize.
- As a moisturizer: Apply as needed to any part of the skin. If you want to try it as a full-scale facial moisturizer, try a small patch of skin first, to see if you can tolerate such a heavy moisturizer.
Bang for Your Buck:
Price: $3 and under.
Is It Worth It?
Definitely. I've yet to meet a person who can't find a use for Vaseline. It's a classic that deserves to be a classic. And the price tag isn't even that much higher than it was when the product was invented.