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The First-Ever All-Natural Alternative to Vaseline Is Here, and You Need to Try It

by Danielle Fontana, Assistant Editor

When a scrape, burn or a patch of super dry skin surfaces (especially after a procedure or laser treatment), it’s easy to slather the area in a thick layer of ointment and hope for the best, but have you ever stopped to think about what you’re covering your damaged, sometimes open wounds with? I didn’t either, until I got to try Doctor Rogers Restore Healing Balm ($30), which prides itself on being the first-ever all-natural healing ointment.

Created by Seattle dermatologist Heather D. Rogers, MD, the ointment is intended to help skin do what it is made to do: “Heal itself without unnecessary and unwanted ingredients that can slow the process, irritate the skin or accumulate in our bodies and our world.”

Traditional ointments are chock-full of petroleum, which can clog pores and seal the skin off from air and water, totally interrupting the skin’s natural breathing (and healing) process, but not this one. It’s not only free of petroleum, but you won’t find any fragrance, parabens, preservatives, propylene glycol, formaldehyde, phthalates, lanolin and dyes in it, either. What you’re left with is a rich, super luxe balm made up of two simple and natural ingredients: glycerin (derived from palm oil) and castorlatum (derived from the castor bean plant) to fix everything you apply it to without worry (you can even use it as a diaper cream!).

Whether you have dry lips, burns, eczema, cracked heels or even pesky flyaway hairs, this balm has got you covered. The sleek, pocket-size ointment is also available in a traditional jar or single-use sachets, and trust me, after trying it once, you’ll want one in every bag and medicine cabinet.

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