Despite their long history, we have yet to discover anything as functional and cost-effective as Vaseline’s petroleum jelly line. Mineral oils and waxes are used to create its semisolid jelly-like substance, which has long been relied upon to aid in moisturising and healing skin.
Here are some additional uses of Vaseline from TikTok user @Seewyen that you may not be familiar with!
Use Vaseline to safely shave off your finger hair
Hair removal is always a tricky process — razor burns, accidental cuts, or an improper job done, the list goes on.
Perhaps the most important rule of all when it comes to shaving, is to provide proper lubrication. If you’ve run out of shaving cream and have some Vaseline on hand, you can use it instead!
Rub a pea-sized amount of it onto your knuckles before going in with a standard razor. This helps prevent unwanted shaving effects like enlarged pores or the risk of hair growing out thicker than before.
Despite its popularity on TikTok only recently, shaving with Vaseline isn’t a new hack.
In fact, here’s a newspaper clipping from the 1890s, which documents a pharmacist’s experience using this convenient trick.
Use Vaseline to create a homemade body scrub
Despite our best efforts at moisturising our skin daily, dry and flakey patches are somehow inevitable. Thankfully, you can create your very own DIY body scrub with just two simple ingredients: a jar of Vaseline petroleum jelly, and some finely ground sugar.
Mix equal parts of Vaseline and sugar, and apply it anywhere on your skin that may need a thorough exfoliation, such as your elbow or feet.
If you’d prefer a more moisturising formula and thinner texture, you can also add in a few drops of almond, vitamin E, or olive oil. This recipe also reportedly works great on flakey lips, so feel free to give it a go as a lip scrub!
Use Vaseline to remove the dead skin around your finger nails
Pesky dead skin cells around your nail beds can be an eyesore, and ruin our DIY manicures. For a quick solution, simply rub on some Vaseline onto your fingertips and leave it on for 10 minutes.
Then, wipe it off using a piece of tissue paper and viola! This will naturally dissolve away the dead skin cells, leaving you with hydrated and polished fingertips.
Vaseline Pure Petroleum Jelly retails for RM6 on Watsons.
Featured image credit: @Seewyen/TikTok