This eye cream alternative is less than $5 at Chemist Warehouse

Plus, it’s TikTok and dermatologist approved

BEAUTYcrew Beauty Editor / February 28 2022

TikTok is home to some of the most trending beauty gurus on the Internet, but it also serves as a platform for educators too. 

Take dermatologist Dr. Shah for example, who loves to debunk skin care myths using the platform. 

The good doctor recently flipped the script with an unexpected duet video alongside Iyanu.

In Iyanu’s original TikTok, the content creator dropped a truth bomb on the skin care community when she confessed to “putting vaseline under my eyes before I go to bed every night because I refuse to buy an expensive eye cream.”

And as it turns out, Dr. Shah is all about it.

“This is actually an amazing hack,” the dermatologist admitted to viewers, “I do it all the time.” 

“Pure vaseline (AKA Pure 100 per cent petrolatum) is actually the most effective occlusive moisturiser, and it prevents 99 per cent of water loss while you sleep,” he went on to say in the video. 

As for application? The dermatologist recommends slathering on a layer of “a gentle moisturiser first and then [following] with vaseline.”

Shah admits that while this budget-friendly alternative to expensive eye cream is “great for dry skin,” and even helps “to protect eyelid skin,” to “be cautious if you’re prone to developing milia around the eye.”

And honestly, as far as beauty hacks go, we’re not mad at it ourselves. 

If you’re trying to save money somewhere in your skin care routine this might just be for you, especially when you consider that a tiny tub of Vaseline Petroleum Jelly Original ($4.49 at Chemist Warehouse) can go a long way.

Vaseline Petroleum Jelly Original

So extend the purpose of your favourite moisturiser and dip into a pot of petroleum jelly to pinch a few pennies where you can. 

This interesting little hack also gives credence to the slugging skin care trend that has the online skin care community in a choke hold. 

Main image credit: @dermdoctor / @iyanuaa

Briar is the Beauty Editor at BEAUTYcrew. Her 'down for anything' attitude has resulted in more than a handful of hair transformations, and she doesn't mind being used as a guinea pig for the industry's most unusual products and treatments. Her work has also appeared on Refinery29, Girlfriend and beautyheaven.