9 Ways To Use Vaseline That Go Beyond Your Lip Care
Ahhh, Vaseline – you’ll never find a cure-all salve like her. Although hidden away in our vanities, she deserves to be in the spotlight for her total-body beauty perks. Chapped lips and peeled cuticles are no bother for this derm-approved tub that’s PACKED with bonuses for dry skin. We’re giving you nine tried and tested reasons to carry your Vaseline tin wherever you go.
1. Seal in Moisture from Your Nighttime Regimen
Thanks to its super thick occlusive nature, vaseline seals in moisture from your products, making it easier for your skin to soak up the good stuff. You can apply a thin layer at night on top of your skincare routine to lock everything in (a process called Slugging). However, although infused with natural oils for intense repair, it’s important to remember that a thin layer of Vaseline isn’t an alternative to your nighttime moisturizer but merely a solution to lock in your ingredients more effectively. We love this for dry skin, but if you have oily or acne-prone skin, beware as the thick formula can be too much. The jelly also deserves praise for its ability to revive dry skin patches, from cracked heels to crusty elbows and more.
2. Use Vaseline to Make Your Scents Last Longer
You best believe we asked Mona Kattan for the tea on how she smells SO luxe 24/7 – she swipes some Vaseline across her pulse points before she spritzes on her signature scent. The jelly locks scent molecules into her skin and prevents it from evaporating so that her fave fragrance follows her all day long. If the tub of jelly’s good enough for the perfume princess, it’s good enough for us.
3. Swipe to Highlight Your Cheekbones
It’s wild that the tub sitting at the bottom of your purse RN is what Mario Dedivanovic, the contour god, uses for Kim Kardashian’s glow game. That’s right; he uses a thin layer of petroleum jelly to sculpt her cheekbones, brighten her eyelids, and gloss up her lips. Know how much his holy grail costs? $4, boo.
4. Rub in a Dollop to Hydrate Your Cuticles
Fun fact: Your nails are made of the same protein as your skin, so they need the occasional zap of hydration, especially during the winter season. Lather your nail beds with your fave moisturizer, followed by Vaseline to seal in hydration for soft hands and shiny tips. Pop on a pair of gloves if you’d like the wonder jelly to heal peeling cuticles and dryness overnight. If you’re big on at-home nail art but not a fan of harsh acetone to clean up messes, apply a little Vaseline around your nail beds to protect your digits from stubborn smudges and polish remains. It’s too easy to clean up!
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5. Mix to Transform Loose Pigments into Creamy Blushes
If you’ve ever wanted to use your fave eyeshadows for a rosy blush to get that effortless monochromatic makeup look, Vaseline’s got you covered. Scrape a little of said shade onto a mixing dish or plate and mix a pea-sized amount of Vaseline with it for a creamy formula that will give your cheeks a blushed glow. You can even transform loose pigments, like the MAC Pigment, $12, to elevate your no-makeup, makeup looks with a dewy shimmer, or create a DIY tinted lip balm.
6. Smear Across Your Lashes & Brows To Condition
Think of it as a multi-purpose hero for your eyes: not only does the jelly seal in moisture from your eye creams, but it’s a DIY alternative to brow gel and clear mascara. Smooth a layer over your brows for a coat of shine, or gently apply it on your lashes in an outward motion to reach for the skies (avoid your roots). Brush unruly strands, if any, into place with an eyelash wand.
7. Sweep with a Cotton Pad to Take Off Makeup
If your makeup remover fails you, count on this small jar to gently whisk away your waterproof mascara, eyeliner, lipstick – anything, really. Made of 100% triple-purified petroleum jelly, it gently dissolves your products as you swipe it across your face with a cotton pad. DW, it’s skin-friendly, so you won’t wake up with irritated skin as long as you follow with a water based-cleanser to remove any leftover residue.
8. Mix with Sugar for Hydrating Exfoliation
Not only can Vaseline heal chapped lips overnight, but with a teaspoon of soft brown sugar, it’s a budget-friendly lip scrub that you can pocket anywhere. Mix a 1:2 ratio of jelly to sugar and gently buff it into your lips for an ultra-soothing exfoliation treatment. If you’ve got a tiny container on hand, scoop and store this DIY for later use.
9. Coat your Thighs to Avoid Chaffing
You don’t have to run track to be familiar with a painful burn on your inner thighs, AKA chaffing. This is caused by skin rubbing against the skin (and made worse by moisture, like when you’re hot in the summer), which causes friction that may cause your skin to burn or sting. Fortunately, Vaseline comes to the rescue again with a derm-approved hack that helps prevent and soothe chafing. Simply apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly to the affected areas before dressing to avoid painful rashes. Or, use it to soothe and help heal skin after experiencing the burn; be sure to gently cleanse the area before delicately massaging on a thin layer of Vaseline.
How do you guys like to use Vaseline? Let us know any of your fave hacks in the comments below.