I bought Vaseline Renewal lotion a few months ago based on the advertising on the front of the bottle that claimed it was an “age-defining body lotion with collagen and pro-retinol.” I assumed this to mean that it could repair my dry skin and was attracted to the pretty dark purple bottle. I paid about $8 (a 20.3 fl oz bottle) for the product at my local Wal-Mart.
The scent was appealing, and the product was certainly thick and creamy. Did it help with my dry skin? Absolutely, but it burned on my skin after shaving my legs and armpits, and caused me to itch a lot more than I usually do, and caused my armpits to get rashes from the greasy affect it had on my skin. It takes a bit of time to dry, and leaves a slightly greasy feel that makes your clothing feel like it’s sticking to you right away after applying, and it didn’t have a great affect on how sensitive my skin is. I went through the bottle in about 2 month’s time, and wasn’t satisfied enough to try it again.
This go round I decided to go to a product that has always worked well for me, and is certainly easier on the pocketbook. I bought St. Ives Soothing Oatmeal and Shea Butter lotion about a month ago, and paid about $3.50 for the bottle at Wal-Mart (18 fl oz). It says right on the front that it provides, “Instant non-irritating relief for dry, itchy skin.” Sold! It has a slight honey scent to it, and the color was a bit off-putting (it’s a light yellow color) and it appeared thinner than the Vaseline Renewal lotion, but more oily. Nevertheless, I tried the product anyhow, and am greatly impressed with the results.
The St. Ives lotion is a lot more smooth, and you have to use a lot less to get full body coverage than the Vaseline lotion. It also absorbs sooner, dries faster, and the scent is more pleasing. I can apply it to my freshly shaved legs without itching or burning, and my dry skin? Gone after just a few applications. I don’t have to apply it more than once a day (I was using the Vaseline lotion twice a day, once in the morning, once before bed), and I haven’t noticed any rashes due to the greasiness of the St Ives lotion. My skin is brighter, less dry, and I can apply it to my face without worrying about acne and greasy shine, and it doesn’t irritate my face at all.
Overall, I’m not surprised that St. Ives won out on the sensitive skin front. I’ve trusted St. Ives for years, and it has yet to fail me as an effective lotion for sensitive skin. The oatmeal and Shea butter in the lotion eases my dry and irritated skin, unlike the Vaseline Renewal lotion, which seems to boast just tightening the skin but never really did much other than smell good. Sure, it moisturized, but caused a lot of skin irritation on top of it.
If you have sensitive skin, and certainly dry skin, before you venture to the more expensive brands check out St. Ives Soothing Oatmeal and Shea Butter lotion. I don’t believe you’ll be disappointed, and it begins relieving your dry skin right away with its great nutrients for your skin.