Surprising Uses for Petroleum Jelly

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Registered: 07-05-2005
Surprising Uses for Petroleum Jelly
Thu, 05-23-2013 - 8:29am

It's been a skin-protecting staple since 1872, when the first patent for petroleum jelly was introduced, but Vaseline has more beauty and fashion uses than you might think. Break out that old jar and get ready to get gorgeous.

I had no idea there were so many uses for Vaseline!  Do you use it often? I especially like these tips for nails:

CUTICLE CREAM: Keep a little tub of the stuff by the sink and work into cuticles twice a day. It’s all you’ll need to prevent hangnails.

NAIL POLISH NEATENER: Before applying polish, trace petroleum jelly over cuticles and the skin around your nails using an eyeliner brush or pointed cotton swab. If you then accidentally paint a little outside the lines you can just wipe off the mistakes after lacquer dries.

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Registered: 10-05-2000
Thu, 05-23-2013 - 9:26am

I've been using Vaseline for years and years! I use it everyday on my lips and on my nails when my cuticles are dry. I also use on the nail bed between manicures. Olive oil is also good for dry nails.