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Uses For Petroleum Jelly

September 12th, 2017

Petroleum jelly is a blend of waxes and mineral oils discovered in 1839 by Robert Chesebrough, who then marketed it as Vaseline. Although originally advertised as a skincare product, petroleum jelly has many practical uses for your health and beauty needs. Here are 8 uses for petroleum jelly you might not have thought of before.

Clean Up a Home Manicure

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Flickr/Chealsea Nesvig Source: Flickr/Chealsea Nesvig

Don’t you hate it when you’re doing your nails at home and some of the polish seeps onto your cuticles? Put a little petroleum jelly on the skin around the nail and simply wipe the mess away when you’re finished with your manicure for a cleaner, more professional look.

Highlight Makeup

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Want to glam up your everyday makeup look? Try putting a little petroleum jelly on your eyelids or cheekbones to make eyeshadow or blush really pop.

Moisturize Dry Skin

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Petroleum jelly is an excellent moisturizer for cracked, dry skin. Apply it liberally on the feet, hands, elbows, or other areas prone to dryness to achieve soft, healthy skin.

Pamper Your Skin

If you want your skin to feel luxuriously soft without breaking the bank, try making inexpensive exfoliating scrubs at home. Mix sugar or coarse salt with petroleum jelly to make homemade exfoliating scrubs. Add your favorite essential oils to get that perfect scent.

Preserve Fragrance

Tired of wondering whether or not your perfume has worn off? Dab a little petroleum jelly on pulse points in the morning before applying perfume to seal the fragrance in all day long.

Protect Skin from Hair Dye

If you dye your hair at home, making sure the dye doesn’t stain your forehead can be difficult. Put a little petroleum jelly around the hairline before applying the hair dye to protect your skin.

Remove Makeup

If you’re tired of spending a lot of money on makeup removers that dry out your skin or cause breakouts, petroleum jelly might be your answer. It easily removes makeup without drying the skin or clogging the pores.

Tan Evenly

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Skin that’s too dry is likely to absorb tanning oils at different rates, leaving you with an uneven tan. Try applying petroleum jelly first for a more even tan.

Even though petroleum jelly is marketed as an intense moisturizer, it has many other practical uses. Adding a little petroleum jelly into your beauty routines can help you look and feel fabulous.

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Sources: [Allure, All You, Healthline, One Good Thing, Reader’s Digest, Steth News, Vaseline]