Petroleum Jelly is the main ingredient used in Vaseline, a beauty product that is widely used around the world. However, petroleum jelly is also used in other beauty products like moisturizer. It’s cheap and unscented, which mean it’s often used in many skin and beauty products.
Petroleum jelly is a byproduct of the oil refining process. It means that it’s neither eco-friendly or sustainable. There are also some surprising and unexpected problems surrounding the use of petroleum jelly.
Petroleum jelly was originally found at the bottom of an oil rig. This strange byproduct then goes on to be refined further for use in many beauty products. According to the packaging, petroleum jelly contains some harmful components like hydrocarbons.
How Does Petroleum Jelly Work On Skin?
Petroleum jelly is used in everything from lotions to products meant for babies and small children. It’s widely available and very cheap which means it’s easy to create products using petroleum jelly. This special byproduct also creates a protective barrier on the skin and hold in moisture. On labels, it may also appear as Petrolatum, Mineral oil, Liquid paraffin, or Paraffin oil.
While the ability to hold in moisture may seem like a good thing, it can also be a bad thing. Since petroleum jelly is both waterproof and not water soluble, it creates a waterproof barrier on the skin, meaning your skin can’t sweat or breath.
It may sound like a good thing, but as I mentioned it stops your skin from being able to breathe or sweat. It also blocks your pores and can lock in residue and bacteria which is the last thing you want for your skin. It can also lock in heat and stop your skin from healing cuts and such.
While it can give your skin a clean, clear, and hydrated look, it can also damage your skin too. We advise you look into other products that are healthier for you, like aloe vera.
This video also shows some interesting alternatives from petroleum jelly.
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