22 Surprising Uses For Petroleum Jelly

22 Surprising Uses For Petroleum Jelly

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If you're anything like me, you always have some Vaseline or Aquaphor stored in your medicine cabinet. But you'd be surprised what it can be used for aside from healing cuts. Here's a list of all the surprising uses I've found for petroleum jelly:

1. Use on skin after shaving as an aftershave 

2. Gives you insanely soft lips 

3. Moisturizes dry cuticles 

4. Makes perfume last longer on your skin 

5. Helps tame split ends in a pinch 

6. Use on a new tattoo to help the healing process 

7. Taming your eyebrows and getting them to lay flat 

8. To moisturize your face without clogging pores 

9. To remove makeup 

10. Helps to prevent chaffing while exercising 

11.Softens your feet while you sleep 

12. Swipe on your teeth to prevent lipstick getting on your teeth

13. To shine your shoes 

14. Turn any dry makeup into cream makeup 

15. Tame flyaways in your hair 

16. Put over eyeshadow to create a wet eye look 

17. Add with brown sugar to create a lip exfoliator 

18. Give your skin a dewy glow 

19. Put on areas of skin that are dryer while getting a fake tan to prevent looking orange in certain areas 

20. Protects your skin from getting dyed while dyeing your hair 

21. Protects your hands from chlorine dryness while swimming 

22. Soothes your nose when it won't stop running 

Petroleum jelly is a saving grace.

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Not Getting Tattooed Is The New Tattoo

The increase of the popularity of tattoos has rendered them as a denotion of normie status.

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Tattoos are super common today. Anytime you go out with friends, or just out in general, the odds of you running into someone with a tattoo are near one-hundred percent. It's awesome how accepting we are as a society of people who are getting tattoos now. It's definitely a good thing for people to not discriminate based on others' appearances.

In all honesty, tattoos aren't that special anymore. Once used as a way to convey a deeper message, or to be used a subtle permanent reminders located on the body, tattoos have a history that dates back thousands of years. Some of the earliest records of humans being tattooed date as far back as 12,000 B.C. and throughout the world tattoos have been used for a plethora of purposes. In ancient Greece, tattoos were used to communicate markings as spies and ranking as well. Romans used tattoos to mark their prisoners and slaves. In other ancient societies, tattoos were used for social ranking in a tribe, or society. Some older European countries would tattoo family crests onto themselves to denote what family they were apart of, a practice still pretty common today.

As a species, we a have a pretty rich history of tattooing ourselves for a lot of different meanings, and it has truly evolved into a massive practice that's welcoming to any and all. And that's the exact reason why you're no longer as cool with a tattoo. As a matter of fact, I'm going all the way as to say that if you have a tattoo, you are a normie, and are not in fact incredibly unique. Just like the rest of us.

Tattooing is such a common practice anytime someone doesn't have a tattoo it's abnormal, or even questioned. I'm not going to say getting a tattoo is a mistake, but you're definitely a normie if you have a tattoo and are under the age of 30, and there's nothing wrong with that, it just means your tattoo is having the reverse effect. Whether you mean to or not your choice to tattoo yourself is edgy, and I commend bold, edgy moves...but it's just lost it's charm as a signature marking of status, symbolism and traditions dating back thousands of years. It's almost considered a right-of-passage to get yourself inked now, as I can recall how many of my friends in high school clamored over the day they turned 18- and would FINALLY be able to get a tattoo of something "they had always wanted". I know multiple people in their 20's that have regretted getting the tattoo they have, and consequently have to spend more money to cover up the area they were once so adamant of having covered by the former tattoo. Getting tattooed now just doesn't have the edgy-angst that people so desperately sought to have in the past to stand out as an individual. The over-saturation of the market has rendered the individuality aspect of getting a tattoo null

What's the saying from Syndrome in "The Incredibles"? When everyone's super, no one will be. When you get that tattoo to remember someone or something, when you get a tattoo to share a message about your past, to show something unique about yourself, to be quirky and different, and when inevitably that tattoo eventually looks like a sad wrinkled-raisin on your skin and you wonder where the years went, perhaps consider trying to convey yourself in a unique way to the outward world that is much more noticeable than the epidermis of your body.

Besides, who would put a bumper sticker on your only luxury vehicle?

Just some food for thought.

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My Hair Journey After Box Bleaching My Hair

Although it may seem cheap and easy, the reality of box bleaching your hair is disastrous. Professionals, this article is dedicated to you.

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In 2017, I made the disastrous decision to box bleach my hair that I am still paying for today.

It seemed cheap, easy, and was something fun I could do at midnight. Little did I know, this would be a choice that I would still be regretting to this day. Besides the awful reality of box bleaching your hair, such as the chemicals in store hair dye already being disastrous for your hair, if you don't know what you're doing you not only run the risk of damaging your hair, having your hair fall out, but could also seriously hurting your scalp.

Follow me on my hair journey over the past two years and use this article to look back on if you're ever bored and in need for a change. Wait to go to a salon!

May 23rd, 2017.

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I like to call this moment the calm before the storm. Back in 2017, I had long dark hair. I loved my hair and was very proud of how long I grew it. This is the longest my hair had ever been at this point in my life, and I absolutely loved it.

July 31st, 2017.

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This was the day that everything changed. I made the terrible decision to not only box bleach my hair but to add box pink hair dye on the underneath of it. Not only did it look terrible, but it was also an irreversible decision that was made that I would have to live with for the next few years to come.

August 12th, 2017.

Kasey Bauner, (kasey_bauner via instagram), who works at Jay Marie Salon and Spa in Schereville, was able to save my hair in a beautiful way.

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HALLELUJAH! My hot mess was fixed! Through hours and hundreds of dollars later spent at the salon, they were able to salvage my hair without shaving all of it off!

December 9th, 2017.

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A few months later, after some length came in, that's when the roots started to appear. After the first glace at the outgrowth, I knew that I would have to keep chopping my hair until the roots fully grew out.

January 5th, 2018.

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This was the first big chop I had to do since the box bleach disaster I did to my head. I knew that I didn't want to dye my hair back to its original color, so this began my repetitive cycle of hair growing out, getting a drastic chop, and growing it out again.

July 5th, 2018.

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In July, my hair started to show more length since I had to originally chop it. My roots were starting to come in the dark so I had to try and wear hairstyles that would discretely cover how much my hair had grown.

August 31st, 2018.

Another big chop when school started in the fall of 2018. There's something so disappointing about having to keep growing out your hair just to chop it, but unfortunately, that's what I signed up for when I got myself into this mess.

November 29th, 2018.

At this point, my roots looked terrible. From the back of my head, the roots were growing towards the middle. I had to keep reminding myself that I couldn't see the back of my head so I could gracefully ignore how terrible it looked. Aside from this awful outgrowth I had going on, the color in my hair was starting to settle into a yellow mess.

January 31st, 2019.

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As if I didn't learn my lesson from the first time, I started to experiment with different colors. I used the L'Oreal Colorista Semi-Permanent dye. I will say, though, this really is the most Semi-Permanent dye I have ever used as it would fully wash out in two weeks without any traces of color left behind.

April 25th, 2019.

I felt as though if I added different colors to my hair it would make the roots look more natural. As it did, I do NOT recommend the Kiss Tintation hair dye. This was the most patchy dye I have ever used, although I did love the blue.

May 12th, 2019.

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As of just a few weeks ago, my hair was a big green mess. The dye would not leave my hair, so I started to panic that I really messed up this time. I could no longer wait at this point as I felt the frantic need to chop my hair.

May 23rd, 2019.

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Here we have it! At the end of my journey thus far, I have managed to almost have all of my natural colors back! Although there are some green strands still left behind, I am mostly back to a full head of hair being the same color.

Overall, I want this article to serve as a warning to those who are like me and don't think through decisions properly. I'm the type of person when I want something I want it at that exact moment no matter what. My rash decision has led to poor self esteem and issues throughout these past two years. Am I being dramatic? Maybe. Maybe I'm like you who feels as though your hair is a big part of your identity and who you are as a person. Thank you for following my hair journey and remember: ALWAYS think through big decisions properly and wait to go to a salon to get your hair done!

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