Fine lines, crepey skin, and rough patches seem like they’re beyond our control. There is, however, a solution to these beauty woes, and it comes in the form of jelly. That’s right, the Vaseline you used back in the day was actually great for your skin. (But you already knew that!)
The reason is the natural density and stickiness of royal and petroleum jellies. These two qualities, it turns out, enable them to blend extraordinarily well with other age-defying ingredients (like hyaluronic acid), which comes in handy when formulating skincare products. Thus, royal and petroleum jellies, which were once available only in jars, are now being used in sheet masks and other skincare therapies. To get the most out of this effective and affordable beauty treatment, try one of the applications below (all of which are under $20).
To Fade Fine Lines: Jelly Sheet Mask
Jelly sheet masks have a light, bouncy texture and aim to hydrate skin by containing ingredients like glycerin. When applied to the face, a jelly sheet mask that’s infused with ultra-hydrating hyaluronic acid plumps skin to “fill in” creases for a smoother complexion stat. Plus, you may find that weekly use of the mask helps fade fine lines over time. One jelly sheet mask to try: Neutrogena Moisturizing Hydro Boost Hydrating Face Mask (Buy from RiteAid.com, $3.49)
To Smooth Crepey Skin: Jelly Chest Mask
Royal jelly is a milk-like secretion produced by worker honey bees to feed queen bees. This jelly contains many nutrients including amino acids, which boosts skin-firming collagen production to help skin look more taut. And its moisturizing properties plump up skin to further “iron out” creases. One jelly chest mask to try: TONYMOLY I’m Honey Deep Moisture Rescue Mask (Buy from Ulta, $15)
To Soften Rough Patches: Jelly Skin Scrub
Petroleum jelly has rightfully earned its place in the skincare world. Why? The jelly’s petrolatum creates a film that seals moisture into the upper layers of skin. This allows the jelly to hydrate dry, rough spots in no time. Plus, mixing it with exfoliating sugar boosts the skin-softening results. Try this DIY jelly skin scrub: Mix ½ tablespoon of petroleum jelly and 2 teaspoons of sugar. Rub in circular motions onto rough patches for one minute, then wipe away with a damp washcloth.
This content is not a substitute for professional medical advice or diagnosis. Always consult your physician before pursuing any treatment plan.
A version of this article originally appeared in our print magazine, Woman’s World.
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