THIS PETROLEUM JELLY PRODUCT is a firm favourite with a host of A-listers, yet at only £1.99 a pot, and available from nearly every chemist shop, it is also a permanent fixture in most of Britain’s bathroom cabinets.
When applied to the skin, it forms a tight waterproof barrier to help the skin retain its moisture. The downside is that it’s pretty greasy and can feel heavy on the skin. So, not entirely practical to use as a daily skin moisturizer.
Yet, according to researchers, petroleum jelly is one of the most effective moisturizers on the market. It works by sitting on top of the skin, forming a barrier and preventing water from leaving the skin.
I use it sparingly on my face. I wipe off excess with a soft paper towel to avoid feeling greasy. However, if you have acne-prone skin, you should avoid putting Vaseline on your face, as doing so may trigger breakouts and can make acne worse.
The National Eczema Foundation recommends Vaseline as a moisturizer for people with eczema and other dry skin conditions.
Some good reasons to use Vaseline as a moisturizer include its:
- Availability and low cost
- Power to retain lots of moisture in the skin
- Healing powers for dry, wounded skin
- Ability to be used all over the body, including the face
The Bottom Line
It is an affordable and highly available product that works well at moisturizing most skin types, particularly dehydrated skin. When it was discovered in 1859 by English-born American chemist Robert Augustus Chesebrough, petroleum jelly; was seen as a ‘miracle’ that healed cuts and burns. More than 150 years later, the true wonder of Vaseline still lies with this original discovery.