Is it bad to use vaseline (petroleum jelly) as a nighttime moisturizer? I've read that it is but don't quite understand why. My mom swears by it and I feel like it's the only think that makes my skin feel hydrated.
I have been using jojoba oil but don't feel like it's moisturizing enough. My skin still feels tight & dry and has dry patches. I have used an exfoliant 1x a week for two weeks. Have I not given it enough time? Is it possible that my skin is reacting badly to something rather than being dry? I am so confused about what to do and have had it with the way it feels and looks. I don't think I could afford a dermatologist or what they recommend so any advice is greatly appreciated.
Oh yes, I still need to change to a good, affordable moisturizing face wash - any ideas?
Sid, the reason most people don't use Vaseline on their face is that in most people it brings about pimples. I know what you mean about having dry skin. I had that problem but I found something that is great. I use Nivea creme. You can get it at any pharmacy like rite aid or cvs. Before this I had tried so many other things. This has worked great. As for face wash, I wouldn't know what to recommend. Most of the face washes I have used have made my dry skin worse. Good Luck and I hope I've helped.
I use Cetaphil moisturizer. I love it, and I have extremely dry skin (due to currently being on Accutane) and it has made my skin so soft and smooth. I also use the Cetaphil cleanser which moisturizes my skin also.
Vaseline can clog pores & it doesn't allow the skin to *breathe* - it forms a barrier.
If your skin still has dry patches using jojoba - it could be that you have a condition that needs to be treated by a dermatologist. But if that's not an option, first I would look at different things, like:
What cleanser are you using?
What type of exfoliating are you doing?
What type of makeup do you wear?
Is there anything else you put on your skin?
Thanks for the replies. I have heard good things about both nivea & cetaphil.
I don't really have a cleanser - I have aveeno balancing bar and a glycerin bar. But I haven't been using either lately. My m-i-l just bought me Estee Lauder Ideal Matte foundation and I have been using it for a week. It's not for dry skin but how can I not use it knowing what she spent on it?!
I have used olive oil a couple times and liked that it felt heavier than the jojoba oil. Maybe it would be good for nighttime?
Maybe you should try exfoliating more often. Bring it up to twice a week. I use clinique's seven day scrub every day. You have to be carefull though, some scrubs are too harsh to use too often. Or you could try exfoliating the dry patches only more than once a week. Chronic dry patches can be a skin problem that a dermatologist can fix. My boyfriend has these two patches on the sides of his nose that never go away no matter how much exfoliating or moisturizing I have him do.
There may be something in the matte foundation that is making the dry patches even worse. It's possible that you have eczema or rosacea or some other skin problem - but only a dermatologist/doctor could diagnose that.
It's quite possible that the makeup is returnable or exchangable if it is causing a skin reaction. I would check that out.