A 70-year-old grandmother claims she kept wrinkles at bay by ‘slathering’ herself in an unlikely over-the-counter cream.
Instead of splurging on the most expensive anti-wrinkle creams and serums to combat aging, Vivian Bokyo has been using Vicks Vaporub for the last 20 years.
Sharing the ‘hack’ on TikTok, she revealed her wrinkle-free chest and said: ‘I’ve been slathering this on my chest and around my neck for the last 20 years.’
But while she swears by the £5 ointment, doctors have warned against the method, claiming there is no ‘scientific evidence’ that it actually works.
Medical experts have urged TikTokers to use Vicks Vaporub for its intended use, saying it should be used on the chest, back and throat for cough suppression and on muscles and joints for pain.
A 70-year-old grandma has shared a cheap skincare hack that she has apparently been using since ‘before the word hack was even out there’ -but experts have warned against the method
Vivian Bokyo has been using Vicks Vaporub for the last 20 years, but doctors have urged other TikTokers not to overuse the ointment
The author and comedian, Vivian Bokyo showed off her wrinkle free chest and neck to her followers, but doctors say there is no ‘scientific proof’ that this trick works
Dr Sebastian Bejma, MD of Dr Bejma Medical Clinic, told MailOnline: ‘This product is not designed as an anti-wrinkle cream, and therefore I would advise people only to use it for its intended medicinal purpose.’
Vivian, however, has been using the method for over two decades, the author and comedian said: ‘This is a hack I’ve been doing for 20 years before the word hack was even out there.’
She explained to her followers that she loves the smell of Vicks and it sends her to sleep, so has incorporated it into her nightly routine.
She admitted that while she smells like Vicks, the method has seemed to work as people are surprised when she reveals her age.
She added: ‘When I have a cold I put it all over the bottom of my feet and then I wear a pair of socks. Whenever I get a pedicure they go ‘how can you be 70?’
Dr Bejma explained that this result may only be a temporary effect and emphasised that the product is not designed as an anti-wrinkle cream.
He explained: ‘It contains camphor, menthol and eucalyptus oil. Menthol gives a cooling effect by temporarily blocking nerves responsible for detecting temperature.
The Grandmother revealed she has incorporated Vicks Vaporub into her nightly routine, and while experts say it could temporarily appear to reduce wrinkles, it should not be used as a long-term aid
‘It is known to have a pain relief effect and it also works as a vasodilator, which can give some plumping effect. That may, for some people, cause local congestion/mild swelling and in theory reduce fine wrinkles, however, this effect, if noticeable, is only temporary and will not treat wrinkles long-term.’
Dr Bejma also highlighted that Vicks can cause irritation to eyes and skin depending on concentration, and the eucalyptus oil could also irritate skin, eyes and throat .
Other medical experts jumped in to agree with Dr Bejma, Ridah Syed, Senior Medical Aesthetician at Skinfluencer London, warned TikToker users to be cautious to hop on beauty trends.
He said: ‘Though it is touted as safe and effective against wrinkles on TikTok, the formulation of Vicks Vaporub actually has ingredients such as thymol that can burn the skin and cause inflammation or irritation.
Mr Syed said that the treatment has turpentine in its formulation which can cause skin allergies and risk damage to the kidneys, bladder, and nervous system.
Vicks Vaporub is an essential in many households, and doctors say it should only be used for its intended use as a cough suppressant and pain reliever
Dr Aswhin Soni, of The Soni Clinic, further warned that an overuse of Vicks Rub could ‘theoretically cause respiratory issues.’
Therefore, before deviating from the label, people should always consult a medical professional.
Despite medical experts strongly advising against the method, the video has raked in an impressive 1.1 million views and many viewers are hailing the grandmother, some in disbelief at her age.
Many followers approved of her method, one said: ‘I love the smell of Vicks. I love the smell of eucalyptus I could live with that smell my entire life it’s so soothing. Thank you for the wrinkle tip.’
Others even tried the hack themselves, one person wrote: ‘I tried this for just a week.. my neck looks amazing.’
Some, however, were opposed to her methods. One person wrote: ‘I rather get wrinkles than stink of that.’
A second person joked: ‘I can smell the Vicks through this video.’
Another person commented: ‘Prove you are 70,’ to which Vivian responded in a video.
The grandmother backed up her age, and said: ‘Why would anybody lie about being 70?
‘If you’re going to lie about your age you pick a different number like 50 or 60.’
The almost-70 year old revealed she was born on September 11, 1953 and recounted memories from her past such as being able to ‘buy a bottle of coke for 5c’ and watching the Beatles performance on her ‘black and white TV’.