Gimmicky or Actually Good?: Vaseline Spray & Go Body Moisturizer

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

I'm not usually a sucker for a gimmick, but if it has even the slightest possibility of allowing me to be even lazier, I'm all in. 

Enter the new Vaseline Spray-On Moisturizer.

I really wasn't sure what to think of these canisters when I first saw them. I suppose part of me was surprised that it took so long for a company to think of this, and the other part was impressed that it was Vaseline who did.

When you think about the idea itself, it's a fairly genius one. A lot of people (myself included) hate moisturizing their body and neglect to do so because it's annoying to get to those hard-to-reach areas, and then have to sit around and wait for it to dry before getting dressed. What could be easier than stealing the aerosol spray packaging of sunscreen (another body product people hate) and joining it with a fast-absorbing moisturizer?

Application could not possibly be easier, and it takes only a few seconds to rub in. I'm someone who ignores the rest of my body and only moisturizes my legs, but this made it a cinch to do my arms and torso.* The nozzle isn't perfect, though, as it tends to be stronger than you need, so a single spray dispenses a lot of product. The range is also too narrow, as the diameter of the aerosol's spray is more suited to graffiti than moisturizing your body. The trick in both cases is to constantly keep the can moving as you spray for the most even application you can get, and then rubbing in to smooth it all out. That sounds complicated, but both application and blending it in take mere seconds. 

*When you spray it up by your arms, turn your head away from the bottle to avoid inhaling it. I've tested it out, and you really don't ingest it unless you actively try to, but there's still a chance, so turn your head away just in case. I'm sure there's nothing dangerous in the ingredients, but we shouldn't be ingesting things that weren't meant to be!

A body moisturizer that can be dispersed through an aerosol spray has to be incredibly fine and lightweight, which is exactly what you get here. It feels more like a superfine dry body oil when you first spray it on, and once you rub it in, I feel like I can comfortably put on clothing a minute later. There's still a bit of dewiness at that point, but I don't mind (and I'm extremely finicky about that). If you're someone who waits for absolute dry touch to get dressed, you'll only need a minute and a half to two minutes.

I've used the body lotion version of this product, and liked it well enough, but the trouble with a product this light is that it's just not moisturizing enough for most people. I did the "scratch your skin" test after applying this, and there was some mild white scaliness around the scratch that indicated dryness. My skin doesn't feel tight or parched with this, but it doesn't feel fully quenched or soothed the way CeraVe makes it feel. The spray did better when I reapplied all over, but if you have to do multiple layers of a product, it's not saving you any time--which is what this product is all about.

This is definitely too lightweight for use right now (it's currently 37 degrees in New York), but it's something I could really see myself using in the humid summer months. I typically ignore body moisturizer during that time of year, but knowing how hassle-free this is would probably compel me to use it. 

Bottom line: If you're a fellow member of the lazy club, and you only need a very mild, incredibly light moisturizer to keep your body hydrated, you could really enjoy this. But if you've got more normal to dry skin or need a thorough moisturizer, save this for humid climate use, or just skip it altogether.

I applaud the innovation, Vaseline, but the user of this product has to have such specific needs that it's just not suitable for most people.

Hope you're well!

Happy Wednesday!

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