8 Uses for Vaseline you did not know
Also known as liquid paraffin, petroleum jelly is a derivative of petroleum. "It forms a layer on the skin, as if it were a sealant, which prevents it from losing its natural hydration," says dermatologist Melissa Chaves. Present in the formulation of many cosmetics, petroleum jelly is a substance that can be used in various beauty tricks, which specialists teach below:
1. Maintain hydration of the lips
"Because of its action in avoiding water loss, Vaseline helps maintain the hydration of this region, so this is an important ingredient in most lip moisturizers," says the dermatologist Gabriella Albuquerque, of the Society of Dermatology of Rio de Janeiro.
2. Repairing feet, hands, elbows and knees
Vaseline has a rough and cracked skin repair power. "When the skin of the heel, for example, is very dry, we can prepare a homemade exfoliant with a little petroleum jelly and sugar. Massage the heels in a circular motion and then remove with warm water," says dermatologist Beatriz P. Fabi, Clinical Genics.
3. Protect the skin by dyeing the hair
Do you know those spots that remain on the skin after dyeing your hair? Go with Vaseline to stop this problem. "Before starting the dye, apply vaseline all the way around the hair line (ears, nape, forehead), thus preventing the paint from leaving the skin stained," notes Beatriz.
4. To protect hands before washing dishes
"If used on the hands before washing the dishes or using cleaning products, petroleum jelly protects the skin, creating a layer of insulation," says Melissa. This is a great choice for those who do not fit with gloves.
5. Prolonging the effect of the moisturizer
Do you feel that hydration does not last for a long time in the skin? Vaseline may be a good option. "By forming a layer, Vaseline can be applied right after the use of the moisturizer, to seal hydration more efficiently," says Melissa.
6. Protect your feet from hurting shoes
Many people use Vaseline in areas of friction in the body, such as feet that get bruised with some shoes. "It can be used for this purpose because it is a relatively safe substance, that is, it does not cause allergies or irritations and its lubricating power decreases the friction of the skin and can prevent injuries. in healing, "says Melissa.
7. Protecting the skin from friction during exercises
"Because it is thick and insoluble in water, it can be used in regions of the body subjected to prolonged friction, such as sports activities, for example on the inner side of the thighs, or at the site the arm strikes the trunk during a run. A generous layer of petroleum jelly should be applied in these regions before the activity, thus preventing the formation of 'rashes', "says Beatriz.
8. To fix the perfume longer
To keep the smell of perfume all day, nothing like a well hydrated skin. That's where the Vaseline comes in. "The perfume lasts longer on a more moisturized skin and, in that sense, use Vaseline at the points where the perfume will be applied."
Is vaseline safe?
"This is a safe product in the sense of However, I advise against prolonged use in areas such as the genital mucosa, nipples of infants (breastfeeding women), and on the lips of infants and young children, as it is not healthy ingest this substance, "says Melissa.
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