For Soft Heels and Lash Growth: How You Can Use Vaseline

Vaseline is a penny-pinching all-purpose product – it can be used in many different ways, depending on your needs. Vaseline itself can be natural or artificial, but it is usually used for cosmetic purposes.

Universal Vaseline – what is it for, what kind of product

Vaseline was invented in 1859 by the English chemist Robert Chesebro. The man smeared this mass on burns and discovered that the substance has wound-healing properties. At first, the inventor named his product “oil jelly”, but customers did not like that name. Then Chesbro combined two words “wasser” (German for water) and “elation” (Greek for olive oil). In 1878 the word “Vaseline” was patented as a trademark.

According to its composition and purpose, Vaseline is:

  • natural;
  • artificial.

The first is made from deciduous paraffin resin, which purifies and bleaches. Natural petroleum jelly is viscous, transparent, poorly washed from the skin, leaves a sticky residue, and attracts water. It has no taste or smell, but it has antimicrobial properties.

Artificial Vaseline is a symbiosis of paraffin and ceresin with the addition of purified Vaseline and paraffin oil. It can be technical, cosmetic, or medical. The product itself (compared with natural) is not viscous, dense in texture, white in color, or odor, and tastes not have, a little like an ointment.

What does Vaseline help – options for use

Vaseline has long been used for healing wounds and softening the skin. However, this tool has other tasks that it successfully performs:

  • prolongs the fragrance of perfume – rub petroleum jelly on the area of the skin where you plan to apply the perfume;
  • cleanses your skin – Vaseline and sugar can be used to make a facial scrub (much cheaper than any commercial products);
  • protects the face from hair dye – smear it on the skin along the hairline before dyeing;
    softens the cuticles and heels – apply petroleum jelly to the skin around the nails or massage the cracked heels (always wear socks);
  • lengthens eyelashes – smear Vaseline on eyelashes and do not paint them with mascara (visually they will seem longer);
  • Removes makeup – Apply petroleum jelly to a cotton swab and gently remove make-up residues from the face;
  • Prevents peeling – in winter before going out in the street lubricate your nose with petroleum jelly (if you rub it – the skin will not suffer).

In addition to the above methods of application, some people find another, more savory – to use petroleum jelly as a lubricant. Doctors say that Vaseline as a lubricant is not suitable – it destroys the structure of latex (if you use condoms or sex toys made of this material). For sexual pleasure, it is better to buy specialized products from the pharmacy.

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Written by Emma Miller

I am a registered dietitian nutritionist and own a private nutrition practice, where I provide one-on-one nutritional counseling to patients. I specialize in chronic disease prevention/ management, vegan/ vegetarian nutrition, pre-natal/ postpartum nutrition, wellness coaching, medical nutrition therapy, and weight management.

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