5 Petroleum Jelly Alternatives To Moisturise Dry Lips
Ugh. Having dry and chapped lips are every girl’s worst nightmare. So what do we do? We take a generous amount of petroleum jelly and smear it all over our skin and lips. But.. have you ever wondered if petroleum jelly is really good for your skin?
We came across an article by Ben Neiley from The Klog, who decided to use Vaseline as a moisturizer after hearing the wonders it can do to the skin. The site raved how using Vaseline reduce acne, pigmentation and dryness when used as a sleeping pack or night moisturizer. The result? It clogged his pores and made his skin even dryer.
You see, even though petroleum jelly locked the moisture in his skin (for a short while, anyway), it isn’t able to provide additional moisture to the skin. Petroleum jelly is usually cheap and affordable, which makes sense as to why it is often found in mass-produced products. But fret not. If you are in dire need to moisturize your dry lips without the use of petroleum jelly, here are five alternatives to petroleum jelly that you can use instead:
1. Unrefined Coconut Oil
Also known as virgin coconut oil. It’s rich in antioxidants, anti-bacterial and even anti-fungal. Not only does it moisturise your skin, but it also removes dead cells on the skin’s surface that makes it rough and flaky! You can even use it on your hair or as a makeup remover and is available in your local drugstores.
2. Cocoa Butter
Did you know that people in Africa have used cocoa butter to protect, heal and moisturise their skin that’s exposed to the harsh sun rays and wind? If it’s good enough to moisturise their skin even in such harsh conditions, then it’s good enough for me to believe. Scientifically known as Theobroma, which translates to “food of the gods” in Greek, it is a natural fat that’s extracted from the bean of the cacao tree and has been used for years in skincare product and cosmetics. Not to mention, it smells heavenly!
3. Shea Butter
Isn’t cocoa butter and shea butter the same? Nope, it’s not! Shea butter is a vegetable fat that comes from the fruit of a tree native to Africa. It is especially great to use as a moisturizer for lips. The moisturisers in shea butter are the same as those produced by the sebaceous glands of the skin, making it very good to heal the skin.
4. Jojoba Oil
Contrary to the name, jojoba oil is technically not an oil. It’s actually a wax ester which is similar to human skin oil (sebum). Jojoba oil’s great because it doesn’t evaporate, thus making your skin moisturized all day long. It tricks the skin into thinking that it’s producing enough oil and balances the oil production.
Having problems with chapped lips? Use Beeswax, for real! It’s an all-natural ingredient that moisturizes and reduce dryness. Unlike petroleum, beeswax doesn’t suffocate the skin and clog pores. Maybe that’s why beeswax is often used in lip balms.
With that, if you’ve been using petroleum jelly all these years and don’t know where to start, check out Hurraw’s Organic Lip Balm from Superdeals which retails at only RM36 each. It contains coconut oil, grapefuit peel as well as jojoba oil, so you know it’s good!