Vaseline is a very well known name when it comes to skin care products. Obviously, they have their trademark petroleum jelly that pretty much everyone and their mom has used at one point or another. But they also make a large variety of other products including lip balms and skin moisturizers
I have to say, though, that I think Vaseline Healthy White might be a case of them just trying to cash in on a red-hot trend. I happen to know a lot about melanin and skin lighteners, but Dana does not, and so I kept my skepticism to myself to avoid influencing her test.
We had Dana put this to the test over roughly 8 weeks and here’s the result.
Did Vaseline Healthy White Lighten Dana’s Skin?
In a nutshell, no. Let’s talk a little bit about her routine and then we’ll take a look at whether or not her results reflect what other people appear to have experienced with this product.
First of all, Dana has fairly normal skin. It’s a tiny little bit on the dry side in the dead of winter, and maybe a tiny bit oily during the heat of summer.
She has that rare combination of medium skin tone with light freckling on her cheeks, chest and forearms. Because she does not find her freckles particularly objectionable, she tested this cream on chest freckles that would still be out of view when wearing most blouses or shirts.
Essentially she used the same process of application with her morning and evening beauty routines. She applied a large drop of the cream to her finger and massaged it into roughly a 2-inch round patch of skin with noticeable freckles.
She noted absolutely no change in the freckle coloring throughout her weekly comparisons, although she did love the smell of this lotion and thought it made for a great moisturizer after she’d been using it for a few days.
We discontinued the test at the end of eight weeks and are sorry to say that, from a skin whitening standpoint, there’s nothing positive to report. It would be lovely to discover a skin whitener that has a price this low AND is effective, but this doesn’t strike that balance.
I’ll certainly share some of the other reviews we have found online to give you a complete perspective. But first, I’ll tell you about some of the concerns that I have based on all the research I’ve done on skin lightening and share a great post about how melanin controls skin pigmentation.
Is Vitamin B3 Effective at Skin Whitening?
I’ve written more reviews on beauty and skincare products than I can count. Vaseline Healthy White features niacin (Vitamin B3) as its lightening agent, and that’s unprecedented among the dozens of alternative products that I have researched.
I am always shocked when I look online at the number of things that people suggest are effective for lightening your skin. People are gullible, and marketers will sometimes stop at nothing to take advantage of others.
Skin whitening is the perfect example of this. Once you understand that our options for manipulating skin tone are very limited, I think you’ll begin to understand why so many claims that you read with products do not sound realistic.
Okay, so we’ll return to the subject of vitamin B3. It’s commonly also referred to as niacin, and is known to have a number of benefits for your body. I know people who have found it to be the perfect solution for stubborn acne, but Vaseline is selling niacin here as the solution for whitening your skin.
Now, if you’ve read the blog post that I linked you to above, you’ll understand that limiting the body’s melanin production is our one true shot at lightening skin. There’s one study that I’ve read on the NIH site that credited the use of a test lotion that included a trio of niacin, panthenol, and tocopheryl acetate with improving skin tone in a test of 246 women.
Those results occurred in as little as 6 weeks, but you won’t find those other two ingredients inside this Vaseline product. That was a real red flag.
The Rest of the Vaseline Healthy White Review
So, are there any strengths to Vaseline’s Healthy White UV Lightening Lotion? We didn’t see any lightening benefit, but the lotion does have a built in sunscreen and moisturizes the skin effectively.
To me, these seem like natural selling points for a Vaseline brand product. There are thousands of other products available that are designed to lighten skin (such as my hands-down fave Meladerm) so I’m not sure why they picked that as their marketing strategy.
You can pick up Healthy White lotion at nearly any pharmacy, or even grocery store, at varying prices depending on what size bottle you find. The price is somewhat high compared to other moisturizing creams or sunscreens, I think.
As with most cosmetic products we review, we want to provide a complete list of the ingredients found in Vaseline Healthy White Lightening Lotion. This helps reveal what the active components are as well as protect some people from buying a product that they may have an allergic reaction to.
Here are the ingredients found in this lotion:
- Isopropyl Myristate
- Niacinamide Stearic Acid
- Glyceryl Stearate
- Mineral Oil
- Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate
- Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane
- Cetyl Alcohol
- Glutamic Acid
- Sodium PCA
- Titanium Dioxide
- Aluminum Hydroxide
- Hydrated Silica
- Alginic Acid
- Soidum Hydroxide
- Disodium EDTA
- Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols
- Yogurt Powder
So what does this list tell us? Well, there aren’t any ingredients in that list that are known to be effective skin lightening agents. Most whitening products include some potent substances such as Alpha Arbutin or Hydroquinone, neither of which are present in Vaseline’s lotion.
Vaseline Healthy White Reviews
I’m proud of our reviews, but it’s always important to research the consumer opinions of many before deciding to make the purchase or pass on it. I know that I buy my beauty products almost exclusively through Amazon, so I study the verified purchaser input from there to help me make decisions.
Here are just some of the reviews we found:
Here are two relatively recent comments pulled from Amazon… one positive, the other not.
I have used this product before in the past and it works well if you are willing to wait a while for results. It claims that it makes your skin lighter within 2 weeks and it really doesn’t. I bought it to help even out and get rid of the mosquito bite scar spot (looks like hyperpigmentation/sunspot) that I had gotten when visiting family in the Philippines. For me it took all 3 bottles that I bought of this from Watsons and a good 4-5 months before I saw any results of the spots diminishing.
It is however a really good moisturizer and has a lovely smell, just takes a while for the results to kick in. But all products do anyways.
Not seeing the results I thought would appear. Has been 2 weeks of use now. Sells good and good for my sensitive skin. Will try another brand in the future to see if results differ.
After reading those real reviews from other people that have used the lotion it’s pretty easy to tell that Healthy White just doesn’t live up to its promise. Most people don’t notice any difference in their skin meaning it doesn’t really do anything to lighten dark spots. One of the only positives is that it does work well as a moisturizer. But there are countless products out there that do better, too.
Let’s Take a Look at Some Alternatives
I wish I had better news to report about Vaseline Healthy White because it is inexpensively priced. It’s also primarily a natural solution, and those are so important to women who either have sensitive skin (like Dana does) or might be pregnant or breast-feeding and concerned about alternatives that include chemical agents such as hydroquinone.
If you’re looking for something that’s going to help fade dark spots on your skin or even just give you a lighter complexion, there are definitely better products available than Vaseline’s drugstore-grade lotion. Granted, you will probably have to pay a bit more.
The alternatives we suggest here are in a slightly higher price range, but are superior in quality and effectiveness compared to Vaseline Healthy White UV Lightening Lotion. I’m not a fan of spending anything more than necessary, but nobody wants to waste 4 weeks waiting for results that don’t come.
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All three of those are effective if skin lightening is a must for you. I give the edge to Meladerm, a Civant cream made with all natural ingredients. It is top quality stuff, and really not expensive vs. the others at the top of the class. Check out their site for more details – you’ll finally see what professionally researched creams can do.
Where to Buy Healthy White
If you’re still interested in purchasing the Healthy White Lightening Lotion you can get a bottle of it from several stores both on and offline. The product comes in 120 ML, 250 ML, 400 ML, and 600 ML sizes. The price varies quite a bit depending on which size bottle you purchase.
Healthy White is available on Amazon and Ebay as well as in stores such as Walgreens, CVS, and other pharmacy companies.