Petroleum jelly is a common, inexpensive product made from a mixture of mineral oils and waxes, which form a semi-solid jelly-like substance. Discovered in 1859, petroleum jelly (well-known by the brand name Vaseline) was originally used to help heal wounds and burns. Its main benefits come from petroleum, the main ingredient, which provides your skin with a water-protective barrier, helping it to heal and retain moisture.
Petroleum jelly offers a number of benefits, in addition to its original use of treating burns. Dermatologists recommend using it to relieve dry skin, including lips and eyelids. This thin, sensitive skin can get irritated easily by moisturizers containing a number of non-natural ingredients. And if the dry skin is itchy, flaky, or cracking, moisturizers can really make it sting. Instead, you can use a small amount of petroleum jelly to seal in moisture and offer protection to those sensitive areas. For best results, you will want your skin to be slightly damp before applying.
In addition to saving cracked eyelids, petroleum jelly can also be used to remove makeup from the eye area. Using a cotton pad or swab, apply a small amount of petroleum jelly and press gently to remove eyeliner and eye shadow that you no longer need.
Another use for petroleum jelly is to help prevent chafing between body parts or clothes and body parts. Caused when these things rub together, this painful skin irritation can also lead to blisters. Applying petroleum jelly to problem areas, such as the feet or thighs, can help to prevent chafing. This is especially useful for runners to help prevent blisters on the feet and toes and chafing from occurring between the thighs.
Petroleum jelly isn't just for adult use--it can be helpful if your child is suffering from diaper rash. Make sure your baby's bottom is clean and dry before applying the jelly. With the right care, it should clear the rash in a few days' time. Other uses include helping to heal your canine friends' cracked paws, loosening up squeaky door hinges and removing stuck objects, such as when your fingers swell and a ring gets stuck.
Petroleum jelly has transformed into a somewhat miracle mixture since its creation. If you need to seal moisture into your skin, it will most definitely do the trick. Be sure to look for products that contain refined petroleum jelly.