Chapped lips, dishpan hands, cracked feet and sunburned skin can be painful as well as unsightly. Together, petroleum jelly and aloe vera gel make fabulous and frugal homemade moisturizers that have street cred for their lavish lubricating action. Even homemade versions can lock in moisture, prevent dryness, stimulate cell regeneration and promote the healing of soft, smooth skin. You may need to whip up different combinations based on the body part in need of treatment.
Lip Balm Moisturizer
Chapped lips are commonly caused by, among other things, frequent lip-licking, cold and windy weather, sunburn and dehydration. Aloe vera and petroleum jelly together can form a salve that will seal in the natural moisture content of the lips. Combine 1 teaspoon of aloe vera gel, 1 teaspoon of petroleum jelly and 1/2 teaspoon of your favorite oil, such as coconut, mineral or vitamin E oil. Heat the mixture in the microwave for about 2 minutes. Pour it into a small container and refrigerate it for 20 to 30 minutes until it is cool enough for use as a lip balm.
A lotion made of equal parts of petroleum jelly and aloe vera can seal in moisture and soothe cracked hands in the winter. Cleanse your hands and dry them thoroughly. Spread a thick coating of the mixture -- about 3 to 4 tablespoons -- on your poor paws. Slip on a pair of gloves before bedtime and let the goo do its work overnight.
As you age, your skin becomes thinner and dryer, and your feet can become especially rough, dry and cracked. A petroleum jelly/aloe vera mix can put your feet back on the right track. Mix equal parts of both in a small bowl with mineral oil. Apply 2 tablespoons of the mixture to each foot. Put on a pair of socks just before bedtime and let the creamy jelly treat your feet.
While a petroleum jelly and aloe gel facial moisturizer may not help oily or acne-prone skin, it may help moisturize, heal and soothe dry and sunburned skin. Blend 1 teaspoon of petroleum jelly with a half teaspoon of aloe gel. Apply the moisturizer to your face, and relax for 30 to 40 minutes.