I started using Vaseline due to the lash growth myth. I was a skeptic when buying it but I thought "Well, if it doesn't work I can always use it as a base for my lashes.". It's been two weeks and I must say I'm totally surprised. My lashes look longer and thicker than they ever were. Even when I take the Vaseline off.
Yesterday, I looked in the mirror and involuntary blurted out "Wow.". When I curled and put my mascara on it looked like I was wearing falsies on the bottom and top of my lashes. I wish I had used Vaseline earlier.
Another thing is before I used vaseline my bottom lashes were almost invisible, but now they seem to be thickening.
You know, a myth is a myth. There is no scientific data saying this will help your lashes grow. Most myths should be true, most myths aren't, and some are true. I choose to believe in this one first hand.
I grew up loving Vaseline but due to what it is made with (petroleum), I will no longer purchase the product.
I have found an alternative that works just as well. It's by Alba and it's called 'Un-petroleum' Multi-Purpose Jelly that soothes, moisturizes and softens. It's made with beeswax, castor oil, coconut oil, and vitamin-e...it's amazing.
It does cost more but so worth it...and if you are a DIY-er it's really easy to mix up your own batch of it, which makes it cost-efficient.
This stuff has a ton of uses! I use it mainly for prepping my lips before putting on a lip pencil or lip stain. Just a thin coat to make them moisturized. It's also great to use around your mouth when that area gets dry as the weather changes. Just a thin layer will do, and it's best after you wash your face or shower. And the best use, to remove stubborn waterproof makeup! It gets everything off. Just wash your face well afterward.
The only thing I'm not so fond of is the fact that it usually comes in a tub. Sometimes it gets kind of gross and contaminated especially if you share it. A small tub is good, and the little metal tins you can carry with you are the best. Love this stuff!
i use this product for mouth sores and removing tough eye makeup
it speeds up the recovery for the sores and it protects the sore from further infections
for the non budging eye makeup, this petroleum jelly gets it off all in one swipe!
I was one of the few here who's skin reacted poorly to this. Can't say I'm surprised, but I am disappointed. After reading through many, many reviews I decided to take the leap and try it out as a nighttime moisturizer. I exfoliated and then with a still damp face I tried to spread a thin layer over my entire face as well as applying it to my eyelashes. Right there is where the red flag started waving for me. It was so sticky trying to apply it that I felt like I was rubbing my skin off with it. Might not have been as bad with a thicker layer, but I was afraid of using too much and getting it in my hair, on my pillow, etc.
After applying I went to bed and started reading. My face started to feel warm like when you get too much sun, but I ignored it for a little bit because it did feel nice and moisturized. After about half an hour I couldn't take it any more. The warmth was becoming uncomfortable and my eyes were starting to burn. I went in the bathroom and found my skin to be all red and splotchy. It looked terrible. I had to wash twice with a cleanser containing sulfates to get it all off. My skin was a dried out, sore mess afterwards. I slathered on a ton of my usual lotion and went back to bed. It was back to normal in the morning, except being drier than normal. That may be from the cleanser though.
I'm not saying that nobody should try this at least once, but it's probably a good idea to do a test patch before you go smearing it all over your face. I know I'll be steering clear of anything containing petrolatum in the future.
After being thoroughly amused by some warped perceptions of what Vaseline is/does, I wanted to add my two cents. This is a total must-have product. Pat it on the cuticles, top off a burn or a scrape, or mix it with sugar and honey and make a delightful lip scrub. Also makes a great makeup remover and keeps hair dye from staining the skin. I always keep a little tub of this on hand because it incredibly cheap and versatile. People, there are not a lot of cosmetics that have been around for nearly 200 years. There is a reason Vaseline is alive and kicking!
Honestly probably one of the best products ever made! I can't remember the last time I went anywhere during the wintertime without my vasaline. If I did I definitely went to the nearest convenience store and bought some :).
Vaseline is beyond effective at curing chapped lips, heels, elbows, and removing makeup.
If there is anything worth putting near my eyes to remove makeup and moisturize, its definitely Vaseline!
For some reason I grew up with no petroleum jelly... O_o And I have dry skin. I would try all kinds of lotions around the house - Jergens, Vaseline brand lotion, Bath and Body Works body cream... all sorts of stuff.
And then I heard about all the uses of petroleum jelly. So of course I went to the store and bought a huge tub for $2.34 and since then, I have always loved this stuff.
Although I don't use it everyday on my legs to see if it helps with my mild case of keratosis pilaris (it moisturizes them well, though), it definitely does great work on my face.
I'm not a very pimple-prone person, but I definitely get pimples every few weeks, even the huge, painful red ones. I notice petroleum jelly doesn't make them worse at all. Now, it doesn't heal them, from what I see, but it doesn't make them worse. This stuff soothes the skin, so it doesn't aggravate your pimples/acne at all. :)
OH! And I almost forgot... I mix it with vanilla and mini chocolate chips and melt them together to make the best lip gloss ever. It's so creamy and nice. It also adds a nice warm touch to my cool lip glosses. It's great in hair, too. I swipe the tub twice with my fingers, rub them together to make the jelly warm and smooth, and run it through the ends of my hair, and rub the rest into the mid-shaft. It reduces frizz and it's not greasy at all. You'll only get greasy hair if you put it on your roots or if you put a lot of jelly (which most practical people wouldn't do) in your hair.
EDIT: GAH! I forgot something else... possibly one of it's best uses...
It's a great clear mascara and holds curls extremely well on the lashes. I curl my lashes and put a bit of this on with my fingers and it separates them so nicely so they look all defined, and makes them look way longer and thicker. :) As for the growing lashes aspect, I haven't been too dedicated with that, so I can't say whether or not it grows my lashes.
I tried Vaseline on my face since everyone's raving about how good it is. Science also supports its moisturising power. Petroleum jelly is the best thing at reducing transepidermal water loss. Still, it only managed to dry out my skin. I don't even know how that is possible, really.
I used it for 3 months and noticed my skin getting drier but I brushed it aside. Then my face started to get tight even when I had plastered it with Vaseline and I finally took a good look at my skin: clogged pores and dry lines everywhere. I can understand the clogged pores though. The stuff is impossible to wash off so I had been putting vaseline over vaseline without properly cleaning my pores. But why the heck is it so drying? Has anyone else had this reaction?
Would I buy this product again? Hell to the yes. This is a mainstay in my life. I have a travel-size tub at work, in my travel bag, on my dresser. And if any of these go astray I shamelessly steal my mother's.
Sing the following to Shaggy's "It Wasn't Me", stretching syllables as necessary:
Chapped lips? Vaseline.
Rough elbows? Vaseline.
Cracked heels? Vaseline.
Also, not that I'm influenced by bloggers/magazine editors (I TOTALLY AM), I just read this:
"When I was in my twenties I had disposable income. I went to a dermatologist and asked her what fancy pants eye cream I should use so I could maintain my twenty-something skin elasticity. She told me on the down-low that Vaseline was a great choice, around the eyes, at night. She also told me that some people couldnít tolerate it, but that if it didnít bug my eyes, thatís her top recommendation."
So, if some strange woman on the Internet tells me to put Vaseline around my eyes, I totally will! continued >>