Despite this product's name, Intensive Care Healing Serum Advanced Relief is really much closer to a standard body lotion than a serum. A serum may be water-based like this product, but in contrast to a body lotion or cream, serums should contain a more concentrated mix of beneficial anti-aging ingredients—precisely what's missing from this non-intensive product!
We have some concern that the lemon and lime peel powders this body product contains could trigger irritation. Both fruits contain volatile fragrance components (d-limonene and geraniol) that can irritate skin, which isn't what you want to see in a product claiming to heal skin. The formula also contains smaller amounts of potentially irritating fragrance ingredients (Toxicology Letters, 2010).
However, because the powder form is being used, the concern expressed in research (which is typically tied to plant oil) is reduced, not to mention low levels of these ingredients appear to be safe when applied to skin. (Though we'd argue against taking the risk when there are so many other products you can use without concern.)
The bigger concern is that this body moisturizer doesn't come close to living up to its promises. The claims mention something called "PPAR activators" (which isn't explained anywhere on Vaseline's site) and "elastomers" that, along with petrolatum (aka Vaseline jelly; note the "petroleum" was dropped, most likely due to negative consumer perception about petroleum being crude oil, which isn't the same as petrolatum) are supposed to provide skin with "ten times the healing power." We're not sure what this is supposed to provide "ten times the healing power" of, because they don't follow that boast with anything of value—they could mean this product is better than using nothing at all! We do know we'd rather you use a body moisturizer loaded with proven ingredients rather than marketing mumbo-jumbo when the goal is to truly repair your skin and keep it healthy!
Of course, ingredients like petrolatum are helpful for dry skin when combined with other antioxidants and skin-identical agents. However, those "other" ingredients are precisely what this formula lacks, as there isn't anything remotely serum-like about it. With a name like, "Intensive Care Healing Serum Advanced Relief," we expected far more than this.
The bottom line is that this isn't anything new under the sun, and definitely nothing to swap your well formulated moisturizer for. It's just an OK fragranced body moisturizer for normal to dry skin, but there are better options (even from the drugstore) on our list of Best Body-Care Products.
While some daily lotions can immediately hydrate skin and help temporarily relieve symptoms, the results are often superficial and may be masking the underlying problem - that the skin’s protective barrier is not functioning properly. This unique, new product range provides skin with 10X the healing power to reverse past skin damage. The formula contains three superior ingredients – PPAR Activators, Elastomers and Vaseline Jelly – that work together to heal and protect the skin. PPAR Activators begin healing by penetrating the skin to replenish lipids and boost skin’s natural renewal cycle. Micro-droplets of Vaseline Jelly form a protective layer on the surface of skin to prevent moisture loss. Elastomers are then added to deliver the luxurious silky, smooth product feel. Together these three ingredients provide an effective healing regimen perfect for everyday skin care.
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, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Coumarin, Limonene, Linalool, Titanium Dioxide.
The Vaseline brand is perhaps among the oldest and most well-known around the world. Since the advent of Vaseline Petroleum Jelly in the late 1800s, the brand has been synonymous with treating dry, chafed, cracked skin. Although petroleum jelly is among the best ingredients for preventing moisture loss and healing dry skin, it must be said that skin requires more than one ingredient to look and function at its healthy best. To that end, Vaseline has branched out from its original, ointment-like petroleum jelly to a line of body creams and lotions that contain a range of helpful ingredients for dry skin. Their body-care formulas aren't the most exciting around, but there are some good options. Adding to the handful of commendable products are Vaseline's widespread availability and relatively low price point.
This is definitely a line to shop carefully, because many of the body lotion formulas aren’t all that great; in fact, most of them pale in comparison to competing brands sold at the drugstore. Despite Vaseline’s history, they’re not consistently keeping pace with what modern research has shown is necessary to significantly improve dry skin. If you focus on their best products, you can find some bona-fide beauty bargains but again, this isn’t a line to shop blindly.
For more information about Vaseline, owned by Unilever, visit www.vaseline.com.
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