First, let me say this post isn’t really about vaseline. It’s about all petroleum jelly. But since vaseline is such a popular brand of petroleum jelly, for many people the two are interchangeable.
Petroleum use to be one of my favorite moisturizes. I used it on my lips and even in my hair from time to time. I also used it on my knees and feet whenever I wanted to soften them.
When I first got into health and wellness, I started learning about skin care. I had eczema, and one of my main goals was to improve the condition of my skin.
Imagine my surprise when I learn that petroleum jelly is not so great for your skin. In fact, it’s one of the worst things you can put on your skin.
This product was first discovered on an oil rig in the 1850’s. That’s right. Petroleum Jelly is a byproduct of distilling fuel. Although it’s recognized as having healing properties, these benefits are short lived.
Petroleum blocks our skin’s ability to absorb nutrients and clogs our pores. Our skin cannot breath properly under petroleum. It was never meant to use on our skin. It is toxic and not beneficial. Petroleum doesn’t have any nutrients whatsoever.
There are other thick creams that work better and actual nourish the skin like shea butter while softening at the same time.
So although it has been used for years, it may be time to find other alternatives to petroleum jelly.
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