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12:00 AM, January 16, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, January 16, 2018

Getting re-acquainted with petroleum jelly

The humble petroleum jelly is essential in any household. From skin care to preventing winter dryness, to easy 'at home' tricks, its uses are numerous, but of course a refresher or two will assist anyone to get the best out this product.


For skin and cuticles, just pat a bit of water and a little bit of the jelly on the surface. You will immediately moisturise the area by locking in the moisture.

Tired of split ends, but not ready to go the hair dresser? Apply a bit of petroleum jelly on the strands to tame the ends and frizz. Do not forget to wash out with a clarifying shampoo!

Make your own exfoliating mix by combining petroleum jelly and sugar. This is a great remedy to buff out dead and dry skin from elbows, heels, and knees.

Petroleum jelly also works well as a makeup remover, as well a post makeup removal moisturiser.



While the many cosmetic uses of petroleum jelly are endless and ever evolving, its other uses too are numerous.

For annoying squeaky door hinges, apply the jelly and forget if the sound ever existed.

Remove chewing gum from any and all surfaces with it. Same for dried out candle wax.

If you have scuffed patent leather or suede shoes, purses, jackets, etc. then petroleum jelly is the only polishing agent you will need.  Also, if you have dogs, then you can use a small amount on the underside of their paw pads, if they are cracked.

The key to get the best use out of it, however, lies in its use. Do not slather on the product in huge quantities. It will end up sealing the skin's pores. Just a small amount the size of your fingertip is enough to cover your face and neck. With regular uses and the not so regular uses, your jar of petroleum jelly is bound to last a year without any hitch!


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