A staple in all households, a classic blue and white tub of Petroleum Jelly is like that old friend we have all grown up with. A mixture of natural waxes and mineral oils, petroleum jelly’s main component is Petroleum, which primarily helps to lock moisture in the skin and relieve dryness. Petroleum jelly is also often called Petrolatum.
Mostly used for its lubricating and coating properties, petroleum jelly is a versatile product, many uses of which are still unknown to a lot of us! Although the product has not changed much since Robert Chesebrough had discovered and popularised it in 1859 as Vaseline, there have been many new and innovative ideas to use petroleum jelly to our benefit in different unique and creative ways.
Keep reading to find out about the top 10 uses of Petroleum Jelly that you did not know of before!
10. Heal minor scratches or burns
Studies have shown petroleum jelly to be helpful in keeping the skin moist at the time of post-surgery healing. So, petroleum jelly is a brilliant and quick fix to less dramatic or less severe injuries like a minor scratch, a razor burn or even a small bruise. Just make sure that you clean the affected area on the skin properly before applying the petroleum jelly on it, to disinfect the skin. This prevents bacteria from getting trapped inside, which in turn is rather likely to delay the healing process.
Today, most skin lotions and creams use petroleum jelly as one of its main ingredients. This is due to its moisture sealing properties which prevents the skin from drying out.
Apply petroleum jelly on your face and body after a shower, as a moisturiser. It can also help to add moisture back to dry and chapped noses during cold or allergy seasons. You can also use petroleum jelly on your cracked heels, after cleaning your feet in warm water with bath salts. Apply a thick layer of petroleum jelly on those cracked heels and elbows at night and put on your cotton socks, to wake up with soft and healed baby feet. Use a coat of petroleum jelly on your hands if you have been doing a lot of washing and cleaning, to return the lost moisture to your hands.Finally, ditch the fancy and expensive lip products and go for the good old tub of petroleum jelly as your lip balm, to heal your chapped and dry lips, overnight.
You can also always add a layer of petroleum jelly on to your matte lipstick to instantly turn it into a lip gloss!
8. Makeup remover
Yes, you read that right. Nothing does a better job at removing your stubborn makeup than a dab of petroleum jelly. In fact, in a recent study on eye ultrasounds, it was found out that petroleum jelly is safer to use around the eyes than any oil, both of which are actually equally effective in removing resistant makeup.
Just take a little amount of petroleum jelly on a cotton pad or a Q-tip and gently rub on and around your eyes or lips to break that rigid waterproof mascara or the bright red lipstick!
7. Use with perfumes
Apply a little petroleum jelly on the pulse points of your wrist or behind your ears, before you spray your perfume, to preserve the scent. Because petroleum jelly is an occlusive ointment, it helps the fragrance to last longer on your skin than if you were to apply it on dry skin.
6. Split ends
Regular exposure to sun and wind makes the hair dry. Even swimming-pool water has a similar drying effect on our hair. Reduce the look or appearance of the split ends by applying some petroleum jelly on to your hair, which also adds a nice, silky shine to the texture of your hair. You can also use a small amount of petroleum jelly to tame frizzy hair or baby hairs, to make it look smooth and silky.
5. Lash growth
Use a clean old mascara wand to apply petroleum jelly on to your lashes each night, before going to bed. This boosts the volume of your lashes and makes them thicker and longer over time, but only with consistent use. You can also apply the same technique to your eyebrows, to stimulate healthier growth of your brow hair.
4. Prevent diaper rashes
Petroleum jelly is proven to reduce the incidence of diaper rashes in babies. Properly clean and gently towel dry your baby’s skin before you apply a reasonably generous coat of petroleum jelly. This will form a layer of protection on the baby’s skin, protecting it from the harmful effects of constant exposure to moisture.
3. Pet care
Just like your skin, your dog’s skin can also crack and cause him/her a great deal of uncomfort. So, clean the paws of your furry friend with cotton gauze, let it dry and then apply a layer of petroleum jelly as a mousturiser. This should ideally be done after your pet has taken a walk and is resting or sleeping. Applying petroleum jelly on the cracked paws of your pets also prevents any bacterial or fungal growth in the area with open cracks.
2. Prevent skin stains
Applying a layer of petroleum jelly along your hairline before dyeing your hair prevents the hair dye from staining your skin. Do the same thing while painting your nails. Make sure you have coated the skin around your finger nails with some petroleum jelly before you start painting your nails. You can easily wipe away this barrier of petroleum jelly after you are done paining those nails! This way, you save yourself the time and the effort of removing those stubborn and annoying stains that dyes and paints often leave behind on our skin.
1. Cuticle care
Petroleum jelly acts as a barrier against moisture loss and thus is amazing for dry hands and palms, to be precise. Now, in order to add further protection, rub some petroleum jelly directly on to the nail beds of your finger nails and cuticles, before going to sleep at night. To fasten the process and ensure its effectiveness, go to bed with gloves on, after rubbing the petroleum jelly into your finger nails. As a result, you will certainly wake up with softer hands and shinier finger nails.
In fact, since mornings are pretty hectic for most of us, we are often forced to skip our skincare or beauty rituals in the day time. So, the easiest tip is to keep a small and handy tub of petroleum jelly in your bag or purse. This way, you can use some of it, whenever required and for whatever reason or purpose.