A few weeks back, I got a wicked sunburn while surfing in Mexico. Even though I was being a good beauty editor—wearing SPF 50 and re-applying it often—the thrash of the salt water and the strength of the sun left me looking like a lobster by the end of day one.
Cue the aloe vera. I’ve never enjoyed using it (so sticky and it seems to just sit on the surface of your skin), but it does soothe a sunburn.
While that part was pretty painful, what I was REALLY dreading was the inevitable peeling and flaking once my skin cooled down. I soon noticed my skin was looking leathery and ready to shed—gross!—so I decided to ditch the aloe and try the new body serum from Vaseline that I'd stashed in my suitcase.
You might think a body serum wouldn't be as hydrating or nourishing as a body cream or lotion. After all, face serums are always lighter and thinner than face moisturizers. But that's not the case with the new Vaseline Repairing Serum, which claims to have 10 times the "repairing power" of their standard body lotion.
The texture is a bit thicker and creamier than a traditional lotion, but it immediately penetrates into the skin and doesn’t leave any sort of greasy residue. I loaded this onto my arms and shoulders, and was surprised at how quickly it absorbed. My skin was in pretty bad shape at that point, so I piled on another layer and was impressed at how the serum soaked up my flaking skin, so my arms almost looked normal again.
The key innovation is that the formula contains micro-droplets of Vaseline jelly, which form a protective layer on the skin and prevent moisture loss. Though Vaseline body lotions have always contained the jelly, this serum has a higher concentration of it.
Here’s the full list of ingredients:
Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Dimethicone, Isopropyl Myristate, Hydroxystearic Acid, Sodium Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Petrolatum, Tapioca Starch, Glyceryl Hydroxystearate, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Powder, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Peel Powder, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Cetearyl Glucoside, Palmitic Acid, Arachidic Acid, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance (Parfum), Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Propylparaben, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Coumarin, Limonene, Linalool, Titanium Dioxide
Important caution: Don't apply this body serum, or anything else with petrolatum, straight onto a fresh sunburn. It will lock in the heat and actually slow down the healing process. You MUST wait until your skin has fully cooled.
Some other reviews of this body serum complain about the smell, but I actually really liked it. It’s described as a rich amber and jasmine scent, but I found it a little more citrusy with buttery undertones. Not offensive in my books, but if you’re really against scent you might have trouble with this.
After a few days of using the Vaseline body serum, I’m happy to report that my peeling, flaky skin is back to normal. (And I’ll definitely be doing more research into water-resistant sunscreens before I head into the UVs again!) If it can work this well on post-sunburnt skin, then imagine what it could do for repairing winter dryness.
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