Vaseline, also known as petrolatum or petroleum jelly, is a product with a greasy consistency that has proven itself as a beauty ally. However, not knowing how to use it, we tend to neglect it or throw it away.
To make sure you’re not at a loss for ideas if this product ever falls into your lap, check out these 5 different ways to incorporate Vaseline into your beauty routine.
Easy to use and inexpensive, you can make Vaseline your beauty ally, to take care of different parts of your body. There are 5 uses for this product.
Vaseline as a makeup remover
Vaseline’s oily texture makes it a good makeup remover. Just put a small amount on a cotton pad or disc to quickly and easily remove all your makeup, even the most difficult to remove. Remember that it is important to remove makeup before going to bed, because sleeping with makeup on prevents your skin from regenerating during the night. As a result, the skin may age more quickly and wrinkles may appear on our face. Also, makeup clogs the pores of the face, which can lead to blackheads and acne breakouts. Not to mention that sleeping with mascara weakens the lashes and causes them to fall out prematurely.
Vaseline for lashes
For long, thick, moisturized lashes, use Vaseline. Vaseline strengthens and reinforces your lashes and helps them grow back. To do this, use a mascara brush that has been cleaned beforehand so that you can easily apply the Vaseline to your lashes, and leave it on overnight. When you wake up, they will look denser. Be careful, you must avoid contact with the eyes.
Vaseline as an anti-wrinkle treatment
In addition to moisturizing the skin, petroleum jelly helps to firm and smooth it to prevent the appearance of wrinkles. It is also rich in vitamins A and E, which are effective antioxidants for slowing down skin aging.
Used as an eye contour cream, Vaseline not only moisturizes the skin under the eyes but also prevents the appearance of fine lines.
Contra-indication: People with acne-prone skin should avoid applying petroleum jelly on the face, at the risk of having an acne outbreak, because petroleum jelly is comedogenic: it clogs the pores of the face and therefore favors the appearance of imperfections.
Vaseline for nails
This product is effective to sublimate your nails. Indeed, rubbing Vaseline on the cuticles allows to soften them so that they become softer and bendable and thus to have smoother nails.
Vaseline for elbows and knees
Vaseline has moisturizing properties: when applied to the skin, it acts as a barrier and therefore limits water loss. This prevents the skin from dehydrating. Very hydrating, it is thus effective to nourish and soften the rough and dry skin of the elbows and the knees.
hat other benefits does Vaseline have for the skin?
Vaseline can repair several parts of the body affected by dryness, such as dry, cracked heels or chapped lips. Thanks to its moisturizing properties, petroleum jelly limits dehydration and therefore promotes rapid healing of the skin.
The emollient properties of petroleum jelly allow to fight against the appearance of stretch marks. Indeed, the Vaseline makes it possible to maintain the flexible and hydrated skin, and supports its elasticity. This is what improves the resistance to the stretching that the skin undergoes and which leads to the appearance of stretch marks.
Despite its various useful uses for the skin, Vaseline is sometimes discredited because it is derived from petroleum. However, according to Dr. Laurence Netter, a dermatologist in Paris, quoted by Le Journal des Femmes, Vaseline is not harmful and does not have any side effects, as long as you use the one sold in pharmacies, which is highly purified.