18 WAYS TO USE VASELINE
We may have access to the latest, greatest beauty products, but that doesn't mean we don't appreciate the classics. One of my favorite iconic formulas is probably in the back of your medicine cabinet: Vaseline. It's been around for 150 years- and with good reason. Vaseline is a multitasking miracle cream, and you can use it for a slew of time- and money-saving tricks. Here are 18 of my favorite petroleum jelly hacks.
To help remove lash glue.
Don't tug on those false lashes at the end of the night- it's bad for the delicate skin around your eyes. When dealing with some particularly stuck lash strips, smudge some Vaseline into your lash line with a cotton swab. Wait a few minutes and then carefully peel away.
To aid earring insertion.
If you don't wear earrings regularly, putting those studs in can be surprisingly painful. Rub your lobes with a little Vaseline beforehand for an easier time.
To highlight cheekbones.
We love our essences, our highlighters, and our illuminators, but this is a supereasy (and way more budget friendly) way to get glowing skin: Dab a bit of Vaseline on your cheekbones for a dewy finish.
To soothe cracked heels.
Summer sandals can transform even the softest heels into a scratchy, flaky mess. Before bed, slather your feet in Vaseline, and then put on some socks to wake up to softer, smoother skin.
To define lashes.
If you're more of a minimalist when it comes to beauty products, you can get shiny, thicker-looking lashes without mascara: Applying Vaseline to the area makes lashes look longer and more voluminous, and it's also rumored to help them grow faster.
To protect a sore nose.
Whether you have a cold or allergies, a runny nose often gets red and chapped. Dab a bit of Vaseline around your nostrils to add moisture back.
To tame brows.
Smoothing some Vaseline over your brows will keep them in place all day (and even tackle any stubborn brow cowlicks). Dab the pad of your ring finger in the jar, rub two fingertips together to distribute the formula, and then smooth it over your arches.
To moisturize your face.
Contrary to what you may think, Vaseline is noncomedogenic, making it ok to use as a face cream without worrying about clogged pores. (Still, if you're acne-prone, talk to your dermatologist before doing this.)
To protect your skin while coloring your hair.
It's hard to convince people that your hair is naturally red if you have patches of hair color on your forehead. Slick some dabs of Vaseline along your hairline before your appointment and the dye will stain the jelly, not your skin.
To prevent self-tanning mishaps.
Use Vaseline on trouble spots such as ankles, elbows, knees, and wrists before self-tanner application—the ointment will act as a barrier cream on these drier areas and prevent uneven absorption for a more natural-looking glow.
To help heal a sunburn.
If you forgot to reapply your SPF at the beach and are paying the price with painful, red skin, liberally apply Vaseline to the affected area: It’ll help lock in moisture to your dried-out skin and prevent peeling.
To boost the effectiveness of your serum.
Dotting Vaseline over your eye serum or face cream can double the strength of the first layer's ingredients (because Vaseline prevents moisture evaporation). Just don't apply over retinol-based formulas or other similarly powerful products- it may irritate your skin.
To make a DIY lip or body scrub.
Mix ordinary sugar with an eighth of a teaspoon of Vaseline to create a quick lip scrub. It'll help get rid of any flakes and create a supersmooth canvas for lip color. If you're looking to exfoliate your whole body, use more Vaseline and substitute kosher salt for the sugar—the larger grains will be more effective on rough body skin.
To make your legs glow.
Get that sexy Victoria's Secret–model sheen by slicking Vaseline over each shin. To add a sun-kissed glow, you can also mix some petroleum jelly with an old, cracked bronzer and smooth it over your legs.
To help prevent chafing.
Apply a small amount of Vaseline to any area that's prone to chafing to prevent irritation or rashes.
To soothe dry cuticles.
Use a pea-size amount of Vaseline for all ten fingers to soften and soothe scraggly, cracked cuticles. (It's way cheaper than most cuticle creams.)
To hide split ends.
Moisturize and mask damage by smoothing a small amount of Vaseline over split ends. But be careful! Use too much and it'll turn your hair into a greasy mess.
To open your stuck nail polish.
We love a good DIY manicure but hate struggling to unscrew the cap of our nail polish. Using a smidge of Vaseline on the bottle's thread will ensure it's ready to open at game time.
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