There are certain skin care ingredients that we barely understand how they work, while others are ones we’ve pretty much known about since day one. Chances are your mom has raved to you about the likes of aloe vera, baking soda, and petroleum jelly for years. Speaking of the latter, we’ll be the first to say your mom was right to stress that petroleum jelly should always be kept in your bathroom cabinet. There’s more than one benefit this skin care ingredient can provide—and with that, more than one use. Still skeptical? Keep reading to learn about seven different petroleum jelly uses!
PETROLEUM JELLY USE #1: MOISTURIZE DRY SKIN
One of the most common uses for petroleum jelly is moisturizing dry skin. In fact, the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), explains that ointments like petroleum jelly are more effective and less irritating than lotions when it comes to hydrating dry skin—including the thin, sensitive skin on your eyelids. To really seal in the hydration, always apply petroleum jelly when your skin is damp, per the AAD. Not only is petroleum jelly an effective way to moisturize dry skin, but the Mayo Clinic also states that it may be the cheapest and easiest.
PETROLEUM JELLY USE #2: SOOTHE CHAPPED LIPS
Yes, petroleum jelly can be used to moisturize not only your complexion and eyelids but also your lips. The AAD states that petroleum jelly can temporarily protect and help relieve chapped or cracked skin and lips. See you never, chapped lips!
PETROLEUM JELLY USE #3: TEMPORARILY PROTECTS INJURED SKIN
The hydration this popular skin care ingredient provides can also help to temporarily protect minor skin injuries such as cuts, scrapes, and scratches.
PETROLEUM JELLY USE #4: PREVENT CHAFING
Chafing is definitely no fun. Luckily, petroleum jelly can come in handy for preventing this common skin care concern. The AAD notes that petroleum jelly can be applied to problem areas, such as the feet or thighs, to keep chafing that can lead to blisters at bay.
PETROLEUM JELLY USE #5: TREAT PEELING SKIN
Whatever the cause, peeling skin is certainly not ideal. This is especially the case if you have dry, peeling, or flaking skin on your face, which can take a toll on your makeup application! Try using petroleum jelly to care for a peeling complexion.
PETROLEUM JELLY USE #6: REHYDRATE NAILS
You may be up-to-date with the latest nail trends and nail maintenance like how to take care of your cuticles, but did you know petroleum jelly can serve a role in your nail regimen? The AAD suggests applying petroleum jelly to your nails and cuticles in between polishes if you frequently get manicures and pedicures, as this will help prevent your nails from chipping and minimize brittleness. As with moisturizing the rest of your skin, you’ll get the best results when applying it to damp nails.
Editor's tip: Petroleum jelly can also come in handy for nail art. If you're trying a trendy water marbling or nail stamping manicure—or simply can't manage to color inside the lines when you paint your nails—try applying petroleum jelly around your nails. Polish your nails as planned, then wipe off the petroleum jelly, and any polish that didn't make it onto your nails will come off with it.
PETROLEUM JELLY USE #7: PROTECT MINOR BURNS
Lastly, petroleum jelly can be used to temporarily protect minor burns, according to the Cleveland Clinic. After immersing the burned area in cool water for up to 10 minutes, they recommend applying petroleum jelly to the burn two to three times a day to care for first-degree burns at home.
Next up: Petroleum jelly isn’t the only solution for dry skin. Head over to our article, 8 Dry Skin Remedies to Try, for more methods.