- Type : Anti-chaffing/lubricant
- Use : Distance running
- Price : 5-15$
Ultra runners have the weirdest conversations. At a dinner one night with my friends the Millers, the stories quickly turned to chaffed groins and cracks, and I mentioned I once had severe issues because I'd forgotten my Vaseline.
Kimberley seemed surprised and asked «Why don't you use Aquaphor?», and then went on to explain how I could prevent chaffing without using chemicals on my skin. She got up and went back in the house, to come back with a Flint-sized, mini-tube of Aquaphor and told me to try it on my next run.
A couple days later, I toed up the starting line of the awesome Javelina Jangover Night Run for a 50K in the Arizona desert, and used a generous serving of Aquaphor... under my compression shorts. The gel is way less sticky than regular Vaseline, includes some natural ingredients such as chamomille derivatives and some vitamins and feels light and fresh. I was somewhat concerned that it wouldn't stay on for the whole race, however, so I packed the mini-tube in my running vest.
|Team Aquaphor runner Deborah Goodwin, |
AKA VW Runner Girl, giving me the VIP treatment
I went on to finish my race and, for a celebration, I was cheered in by Deborah Goodwin from Team Aquaphor, who litterally swept me off my feet and cheerfully transported me to the aid station – and delicious watermelon. I sure felt like a champ:)
Aquaphor works. Although it is dye- and fragrance-free, it does use petrolatum, which is the same petroleum derivative found in Vaseline. However, I liked the feel of the gel and the fact that it stays on for a long time. It efficiently prevents chaffing and I will be using it again on my long runs and races.
- Includes natural extracts and vitamins
- Feels fresh and light
- Stays on for hours
- Still uses petrolatum
The material for this personal review was supplied by Aquaphor free of charge, without any conditions.