Vaseline Essential Healing: a.k.a The Only Hand Cream I’ve Ever Used


While I’ve talked about Nail Care before on this blog, healthy nails are only one factor of pretty and presentable hands. Beyond my go-to nail and cuticle care products, there’s only one that I’ll use on my hands to keep them energised.

Vaseline’s Essential Healing cream is part of their range of Intensive Care moisturisers. It first came to my rescue when I was 11 and I’d just returned from a week away with my school class on what can best be described as an ‘adventure holiday’. I’d spent a lot of time outdoors in the cold, crisp winter weather and the skin on the back of my hands suffered. It was dry, chapped and terribly painful so my Mum let me pick out my very first moisturiser on the way home. I haven’t gone a day since without it by my side. Literally!

It’s become a bit of a running joke amongst friends and family – ‘Oh, that Sammy and her hand cream, lololol’ – because I never go anywhere without it. At any given time, there’s a mini bottle in my handbag, on my desk, next to my bed and, normally, in my pocket too.

The Moisturiser

When you get down to it, this is just another moisturiser that you can pick up in any drugstore or supermarket. It’s not fancy, expensive or anything new, but its mine!

As for the cream itself, it absorbs very quickly and doesn’t leave any greasy residue or that feeling of a ‘film’ on your skin which I’ve found some hand creams do. The scent is very subtle, but distinctive. Nothing overpowering, just very clean and fresh. I apply after every time I wash my hands and in between whenever my hands are just feeling a little dried out.

It’s available in bottles of 200ml (RRP £3.65) and 400ml (RRP £5.59) and they’re regularly on offer. It’s currently half price in Superdrug but I normally just pick it up in places like Bodycare and Savers where it’s about £3/400ml all year round. I also have a bunch of minis that I just refill from the larger bottle.

You used to be able to pick up the smaller bottles of 50ml or 75ml which are perfect for your handbag, but they’re hard to come by these days. Once my stash runs out, I’ll just pick up an empty travel bottle and decant in to that!

Where to Buy

In the UK, you can always find it in Tesco, Boots, Superdrug and also Savers Stores.

I was really pleased to find that it’s also available in the US as I wasn’t sure you’d all be able to get it. Turns out you can find it at Walgreens, CVS and Walmart.

Do you have one Holy Grail product that you use to keep your hands healthy?

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