For many of us, Vaseline has been a go-to product for a variety of ailments, from cracked skin to diaper rashes. It’s even found in most of our cosmetics, including lipstick, deodorant, concealer, shampoo, conditioner, and shaving cream. Mounting research is beginning to show just how bad Vaseline actually is for humans and why it should no longer be used.
The Problem with Vaseline
Whether you buy it name-brand or not, Vaseline is petroleum jelly, which comes from crude oil. As one might imagine, slathering a crude oil byproduct onto your skin may not be such a great idea. For starters, petroleum jelly can block your pores and actually exacerbate dryness of the skin and lips. By closing off the pores, Vaseline is also sealing in dirt, sweat, and bacteria.
Creating Vaseline is also bad for the environment, mainly because of the heavy refinery process that it must undergo. In addition, the fact that it is derived from crude oil further decreases the natural stores of this non-renewable resource. As of this weren’t enough, many carcinogens are used during the refinement process, which poses an additional risk to those that use Vaseline and similar petroleum-based products.
An Alternative to Vaseline
Now that you’re mindful that you can toss that jar of Vaseline into the trash, you’ll likely be searching for a healthier alternative to meet all the needs that you had used Vaseline for. An easy, safe, and natural salve can be created by following the steps outlined below.
- 45 ml organic beeswax
- 15 ml of organic shea butter
- 250 ml of sunflower oil, or your choice of any other type of oil in a dark glass bottle (e.g. coconut, olive, etc.)
The first thing you will need to do is melt your beeswax in a double boiler; once it is melted, measure out 45 ml. Next, combine the beeswax and the shea butter; add in your choice of oil once the shea butter has melted. Once everything is melted and well combined, carefully remove the liquid mixture from the heat source. Pour your mixture into a glass container and allow it to cool. Seal your container tightly and store your natural salve for several months.
Clearly, there is a much better alternative to Vaseline that poses no risks to the environment or your health. This easy, homemade recipe can even be tailored to treat specific needs, such as eczema or psoriasis. As opposed to Vaseline that aggravates many skin issues and does more harm than good, you can rest assured that this alternative will be good for both you and the planet.