Vaseline Sheer Infusion Moisturizer

In beauty terms, there's never an easy season.  My dry and itchy winter skin may be fading out, but spring brings with it allergies, and therefore hives and "rashes" and (you guessed it) more itchy skin.  Summer will bring dry, cracked skin because we take our kids to the pool almost every day.  What's a girl to do? 

There are four steps to healthy skin. The first is to nourish it from the inside with healthy eating and proper hydration.  That means drinking at least 8-10 glasses of water a day and eating lots of anti-oxidant rich fruits and vegetables.  Another important ingredient to healthy skin is fat.  Fat helps keep skin soft, plump, and supple.  That's why we take fatty oil supplements such as evening primrose, fish, flax, and other oils.  Fats also help to absorb nutrients into the system.

The second step is to keep it clean and exfoliated so that there's no build-up of dirt, bacteria, or dead skin.  This will keep your skin smooth and "glowing".  Your body naturally exfoliates itself, but not always the way it should (especially as we get older) so you can use a gentle scrub to help the process.  Some good ones to try are Neutrogena's sugar scrub (the one in the green tub), Olay's daily scrubs, or for a cheap homemade alternative use sugar or instant coffee (my fav. even though the temporary brown stains freaked me out the first time!) and scrub it in during the shower on a day you aren't going to shave.

The third step is to moisturize.  Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. This is where it gets tough.  Like men, there are a ton of choices out there, but you have to go through a lot of trial and error to find the one that was made for you.  In fact, I went through about the same process with lotion buying as I did with my love life.  I went through some losers, fell in love to fast with some just to be disappointed, some long term relationships, a few where I teeter-tottered over whether or not I loved them at all, and a few one night stands.  /And  then, finally I found the one I was meant to be with.

The fourth step is to love your skin.  To be accepting of it and comfortable in it.  Cherish your body for the unique and wonderful creation that it is.  Skin is the bodies largest organ, so it deserves your love and devotion.  (I second that emotion!).  That's some pretty hefty stuff for a lotion review, but there is an underlying logic to my madness...

"Some moisturizers only treat the top layers of your surface skin, leaving it feeling greasy. Others sink through quickly and your skin is not thoroughly moisturized. New Vaseline® Sheer Infusion™ with Stratys-3™ infuses and suspends superior moisture across all layers of your skin.

What is Stratys-3™?

Stratys-3™ is an effective patented moisturizing complex, combining three powerful ingredients that infuse and suspend moisture across all layers of skin*-- the top, the core, and deep down.

Vaseline® Sheer Infusion™ with Stratys-3™ is available in three varieties: Botanical Blend, Vitamin Burst, and Mineral Renewal."
Source: Vaseline.com

For review purposes, I use the mineral renewal.  While I couldn't tell you the science behind this, or how the three-layer-complex works, I believe in it!  Finally, I have found my HG (Holy Grail) lotion!!!  I have several raves about this product.  The first time I applied this I could actually see the difference.  My dry skin and cracks melted away, taking the itchiness I've long suffered with it.  The scent isn't overpowering, and it takes just a little to cover a wide area.  In fact, the less you use and the more you spread it, the better results you get!

It's also very affordable.  The big pump container lasts me a little over a month with (almost) everyday application, and a little one stretches me almost a month.  I paid $6.24 for the small one, but they recently lowered the price on the big bottle from $9 something to $6.97.  Hooray!

It hydrates like an oil, but deeper and lasts for at least a good 24 hours.  While my skin feels just slightly greasy right after application, it fades and my skin is left in perfectly supple, hydrating condition.  There's no shimmer in this (thank God!) so my skin is left looking healthy, not shiny.  In fact, my skin is so buttery soft and smooth, my skin is almost waterproof.  Seriously, I feel like I have seal skin.  It's so fun to slide my hand down my leg in the bathtub!  No more moisture loss!

Despite the fact that this formula contains fragrance it does not irritate my sensitive skin.  I'm in love with this product, it does everything it says it will do and more!  My kids love rubbing my arms, and my boyfriend even notices and loves this stuff.  I get compliments on my skin all the time now, which is kind of odd but wonderful. 

I've never had my skin feel like this, it's a wonder product for my skin and I truly, truly hope that Vaseline keeps this in the permanent line-up.  I just can't say enough good things about it! I've repurchased 4 bottles now and I only have one complaint.  The pump on the larger bottle swivels off and comes unscrewed very easily!  It's a small price to pay though, and for a product that actually lives up to it's promise, I'm willing to take a defect in the packaging.

Wait...make that two complaints.  I really wish that they would make a version for your face, or at least an unscented one I could put on my face.  I swear, if I found a product that made my face feel like Sheer Infusion does my body, wrinkles wouldn't stand a chance!


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