My hands, elbows, knees and feet are especially dry, sort of like sandpaper. I rub on lotions or creams so infrequently I don’t know why I bother at all. They’re usually heavy, sticky or greasy –sometimes all three—and I often have to remove the excess lotion with a tissue. Plus, my skin usually becomes dry again in a couple of hours.
When I promised the folks at Vaseline that I’d try the reformulated Vaseline Intensive Rescue Repairing Moisture body lotion, I was skeptical. There’s nothing fancy about the bottle. You can buy it in the drugstore, Walmart and in many supermarkets for under $5. Although it has a long name, it makes a short and sweet promise to “relieve very dry skin in 1 use and help heal dry skin in 3 days.” Words like “powerful” and “therapeutic” are also used to describe the product.
I grew up with a jar of Vaseline Petroleum Jelly at the ready, whether my mother rubbed it on our chapped cheeks after we played in the snow for hours or on the rectal thermometer. So I felt some allegiance to the brand.
I’m skeptical no more. The lotion works. It really works. I swear. I squeezed out approximately one tablespoon of fragrance-free lotion, which took about 20 seconds of rubbing to be absorbed by my hands. My hands immediately felt soft and continued to feel soft, even velvety, throughout the day.
I’ve also been using the lotion on my feet, which are dryer than my hands and, after a few days, the skin cracks were healed and the soles felt softer. The reformulated lotion includes Stratys-3, a moisturizing complex that hydrates the skin at the “top, core and in the deep-down layers,” the company says.
Vaseline has invited me to take a “winter challenge,” which will further test the effectiveness of its lotion. I picked baking, because my daughter and I decided to make cookies for the FOF Christmas dinner party this week. The lotion should come in handy since our hands will be constantly exposed to water, heat and other drying agents, including flour, during a short period of time.