Vaseline is a moisture barrier, as well as moisturizer. It is a petroleum-based product that creates a film on the skin, which feels oily. According to Natural Skin Care Group, “Vaseline melts over the skin as it is rubbed, melting into any cracks or crevasses. Then it solidifies, creating a protective barrier and locking in the skin’s natural moisture.” Vaseline can be used by anyone on a daily basis or just weekly to create inexpensive body wraps to deter dry skin.
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Smear a thin layer of Vaseline over legs or other body parts to moisturize.
Take end of the bandaging gauze roll and hold it against the bottom area of the body part that is covered in Vaseline. While holding the end in place, use your other hand to gently wrap the gauze around the body part to cover the Vaseline.
Continue wrapping until the entire area is covered. Take a pair of scissors and cut the gauze to form a new end.
Hold the new end against the body part and place a strip of masking tape over the seam to hold the end in place.
Repeat steps for all body parts you desire to wrap.
Go to bed and unwrap the gauze the following morning by peeling off the masking tape.
Shower as usual and use a moisturizing soap to remove any greasy residue.
Apply a quarter-size amount of Vaseline to dry area on skin. Ensure that there is a thin layer that covers the entire area of dry skin.
Pull out the Saran wrap from the box and tear off a piece that is large enough to wrap around the body part.
Wrap the Saran wrap around the area and make sure that it fits snug but not so snug that blood circulation will be interrupted. Place a strip of masking tape across the Saran wrap seam to ensure that it doesn’t fall off or become loose.
Allow the Vaseline to penetrate skin for 30 minutes. Take a pair of scissors and carefully cut the Saran wrap for removal. Gently wipe off excess Vaseline with a paper towel.
Shower thoroughly to remove greasy residue from the Vaseline. Use a moisturizing soap for removal.
Use Vaseline before bedtime so that body wrapping doesn’t interfere with other activities.
References and Resources"Natural Skin Care Group: Is Vaseline Good for Dry Skin?"
"Vaseline: Vaseline Petroleum Jelly"