Everything About Petroleum Jelly That You Need to Know
What is petroleum jelly made out of?
Petroleum jelly (which is also referred to as patrolatum) is a combination of waxes and mineral oils, which forms into a jelly-like semi-solid substance. The product has not changed all that much since it was discovered in 1859 by Robert Augustus Chesebrough. Chesebrough happened to notice oil workers used a gooey type of jelly for healing their burns and wounds. He packaged the jelly eventually as Vaseline.
The benefits of petroleum jelly come from petroleum, which is its main ingredient, that works to seal your skin using a water-protective barrier. It helps your skin retain moisture and heal. Keep reading to learn other things that petroleum jelly can be used for.
Uses and benefits of petroleum jelly
1. Heals minor burns and skin scrapes
It was shown by a study that petroleum jelly is highly effective during post-surgery healing to keep skin moist. That might be especially good for less dramatic, regular skin injuries. Be sure that the surface that you are applying petroleum jelly to is cleaned and disinfected properly. Otherwise, pathogens and bacteria may get trapped inside which can cause the healing process to be delayed.
2. Moisturize your hands, face, and much more
Body and face lotion: After a shower, apply petroleum jelly. It is occlusive moisture that prevents your skin from getting dried out. It also can be used for a dry nose during allergy and cold season.
Cracked heel: Place your feet into warm water that has salt added to it and then soak them. Thoroughly dry your feet with a towel and then apply petroleum jelly and put on clean cotton socks.
Moisturize your gardening hands: After you wash and dry your house, apply some petroleum jelly and then put on clean gloves to lock the moisture n and accelerate the healing process.
Chapped lips: Apply petroleum jelly to your chapped lips just like you would chap stick.
3. Help your pet’s paws
The pad skin on your dog’s paws can crack and cause lots of discomfort. Clean the paws using cotton gauze, and then dry them and apply petroleum jelly. This should ideally be done when your dog is resting or after a walk.
4. Prevent diaper rash
It has been shown that petroleum jelly reduces diaper rash to occur in infants. Properly clean and towel-dry the skin of your baby before you apply the petroleum jelly. It will provide a protective barrier that helps to protect your skin from being exposed to moisture constantly. If your baby has a persistent rash make an appointment to see your doctor.
5. Remove eye makeup
An effective way of removing makeup is to use oil. And according to stay done on ultrasounds, it is safe to use petroleum jelly in the eye area. Use a Q-tip or cotton pad (for areas that are hard to reach), and gently press without pulling on your skin too hard. As you are wiping, be sure to keep your eyes closed. Some people swear by using it on your crow’s feet lines as well.
6. Save split ends
Wind and sun exposure, in addition to pool water, may dry out your hair. The appearance of split ends can be reduced by petroleum jelly and also add some shine to your hair. Take a small amount of the jelly and rub it into your palms and then apply it to the ends of your hair.
7. Prevents skin stains on nail polish and hair dye
Apply petroleum jelly over your hairline in order to prevent your skin from being stained by hair dye. That works as well if you like painting your own nails. Petroleum jelly is also easy to wipe off after you are done with it.
8. Perfume scents are preserved
Petroleum jelly can be used as a base for perfume so that it will last for a longer time.
9. Used as a lube for any stuck objects
If you have a ring stuck on a finger, place some jelly on the finger, and get some of it under and around the ring. That will help you slip the ring off of your finger.
Apply some jelly on a door hinge and swing your door a couple of time in order to spread the jelly evenly. Wipe away the excess.
For a very long time, petroleum has been one of the staples in the beauty and medical industries due to it having a safe record, the ability for helping with skin healing, and having emollient properties. Make sure to select a triple-distilled purified product produced using automated filling machines (Vaseline is one) to avoid any toxic contaminants being put on your skin, since of them are potentially carcinogenic.