Reviewers recommend Aquaphor Healing Ointment Advanced Therapy Skin Protectant for severely dry skin. It contains petrolatum, which experts say acts as a barrier to protect skin from further moisture loss and irritation. Other ingredients include glycerin and panthenol, both of which replenish moisture, as well as bisabolol, an anti-irritant that helps to soothe inflammation. Users at MakeupAlley.com, Amazon.com and Drugstore.com also say they use the ointment on all types of skin ailments, including eczema, chapped lips, sunburns and diaper rashes. Experts say it can be used anywhere on the face and body, but it may be a little too thick for those with only mildly dry skin. If you prefer a lightweight formula, reviewers recommend a lotion such as CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion rather than an ointment or cream. Aquaphor is fragrance- and preservative-free.
We found the most thorough review of Aquaphor Healing Ointment at Beautypedia.com, an online database of product reviews by skin care expert Paula Begoun. Begoun relies on published research to evaluate beauty products based on the efficacy of their ingredients. Expert opinions from Allure magazine were also useful, as were consumer reviews at MakeupAlley.com, Amazon.com and Drugstore.com.
Beauty expert, Paula Begoun, and her team give Aquaphor Healing Ointment their highest rating because it does an excellent job of protecting severely dry skin. She says that the jar packaging is a bit messier than the tube, but is otherwise identical. She mentions that value is one of the reasons Aquaphor gets high marks.
Review: Aquaphor Healing Ointment by Eucerin, Paula Begoun, March 3, 2011
Editors of Allure magazine selected Aquaphor Healing Ointment in the "Cheap Thrills" category. They recommend it not only for severely dry skin, but also for cosmetic uses including sealing split ends, moisturizing lips and adding sheen to eyelids. They say it is an essential in every makeup artist's kit.
Review: Best of Beauty: Cheap Thrills, Meirav Devash, Oct. 2010
Editors of TotalBeauty.com compile this list of top face, body, makeup and hair products annually. In 2011, the editors named "Reader's Choice" winners, including Aquaphor Healing Ointment in the category of "Best Moisturizing Creams." With more than 250 reviews and a star rating over 9 out of 10, reviewers are very enthusiastic, and mention using the product on itchy sunburns and new tattoos.
Review: 2011 TotalBeauty.com Awards: Face & Body, Editors of TotalBeauty.com, Not Dated
Members of MakeupAlley offer a total of nearly 1,000 reviews. Aquahor Healing Ointment averages more than 4.5 out of 5 stars with more than 90 percent of reviewers saying they would buy the product again. In addition to many pros, users also mention that the product is a bit messy and takes a long time to absorb.
Review: Aquaphor Healing Ointment, Contributors to MakeupAlley.com
Aquaphor Healing Ointment earns a rating of 4.6 out of 5 at Amazon.com from users who swear by its healing properties. Several praise the ointment for soothing and preventing diaper rashes as well as dry patches from eczema.
Review: Aquaphor Healing Ointment, Contributors to Amazon.com
Nearly 100 users at Drugstore.com give Aquaphor Healing Ointment high ratings for its healing properties. It is praised for its ability to moisturize and soften skin as well as soothe dry, flaky, irritated skin. The one con listed by users is that the product is greasy.
Review: Aquaphor Healing Ointment, Contributors to Drugstore.com