Vaseline is one of the most famous brands of petroleum jelly that dates back to its inception in 1872 and has been in use since then!
Petroleum jelly is also known as petrolatum. It is made by combining mineral oils and waxes, which form a semi-solid jelly like substance. Vaseline is occlusive in nature and doesn’t add moisture to the skin, but helps seal and retain moisture already existing in the skin, working like a barrier.
Today, Vaseline is one of the leading companies who make petroleum jelly-based products like skin creams, soaps, lotions, cleansers, deodorants etc.
There are many hacks and uses of Vaseline, let’s look into some of them!
1. For chapped lips:
The problem of chapped lips or cracked lips is very common especially to people living in cold countries or in cities having dry weather. The skin on the lips becomes dry and can start to peel off. So, if you do not have a lip balm, using Vaseline as the lip balm can help do the trick. Mix vaseline with equal amounts of raw honea nd apply a thin layer of on your lips and gently massage it in before going to bed.
2. To heal minor skin burns:
Vaseline can help retain moisture and keep the skin hydrated. Therefore, disinfect the surface and see that the wound is well cleaned using a disinfectant and then apply some Vaseline on the wound. It can help promote the healing process.
3. Thicker eyebrows:
Vaseline deeply conditions your eyebrows and makes them grow thicker. You can also use it for a eyebrow gel to set them in place. Mix black or regular castor oil with Vaseline and apply it before bedtime for thicker eyebrow growth.
4. Eye makeup remover:
Applying some Vaseline on the eyelid and below the eye can help to easily take off eyeshadow and mascara. All you got to do is apply a thin layer of Vaseline and massage it in using circular motions for a minute or so, until you see the makeup beginning to spread. Then, take a makeup removal wipe and gently wipe off the makeup until fully removed. Then wash your face with a mild cleanser.
4. DIY homemade exfoliating scrub:
To make your own homemade exfoliating scrub, add in 1 tsp of Vaseline and 1 tsp of semi-granulated sugar or sea salt and combine into a paste. Then, use this over the areas that require exfoliating and massage it in using gentle circular motions. Then, wash off using a mild cleanser and plain water. READ MORE – RIGHT TIME TO DRINK GREEN TEA
5. To calm skin irritation caused by insect bites:
Ever gone for a picnic or spent an evening in your garden and returned home with insect bites? Well, there is a possibility that you would have come across such a situation. Generously apply a layer of Vaseline over the bite and gently massage it in and it can help soothe the irritation and itching.
6. For cracked heels:
A lot of people suffer from the problem of cracked heels. Vaseline can do the trick. Use an exfoliating scrub around the area (or the recipe given above) and clean the entire area. Then, soothe the dry skin and cracked heels by generously applying a layer of Vaseline over the affected area, before you sleep and wear a pair of socks and leave it overnight. Do not wear a pair of socks which is too thick. The socks are worn to ensure that the Vaseline gets properly absorbed into the skin and doesn’t get wiped off.
7. To prevent and reduce split ends:
A lot of people have the problem of split ends at the ends of their hair. When the hair is too dry or damaged, exposed to too much sunlight and pollution, hair treatments done too often, weak hair strands, lot of such reasons contribute to the formation of split ends. Well, all you got to do is apply a generous amount of Vaseline to the ends of the hair and leave it on for at least one hour before washing off with a mild shampoo and conditioner. The Vaseline will help lock the moisture in and prevent further formation of split ends. READ MORE – OVERNIGHT HAIR MASKS FOR FASTER HAIR GROWTH
8. Can heal pet paws:
For animal lovers, their pets are just like family members to them! So, here’s a Vaseline hack that can also help your pet’s paws. Since animals are always on their fours, their feet pad skin tends to get worn out, dry or cracked. So, apply a generous amount of Vaseline under their paws and massage it in. Do this when the animal is in resting position, so there is no movement.