Seven Uses For Vaseline



It was a bit of a running joke at school that I was obsessed with Vaseline; I was never without it and one by one I made my way through each variation (aloe vera will forever be the one for me). Ten years later and it's still serving me well and in that time I've discovered that it has uses other than hydrating your lips (nothing rudey) so I thought I would share a few with you. Obviously it doesn't have to be branded Vaseline that you use; I also own a huge tub of Petroleum Jelly from the pound shop that doesn't run out quite as quickly! 

1 // Lips, obviously. I couldn't really do a Vaseline post without mentioning lips could I? I have a slight obsession with trying all sorts of lip balm, but I always come back to Vaseline, especially during the winter months because if I don't use it my lips get lovely and chapped. Dreamy eh?

2 // Eyelashes. I did once read that Vaseline makes your eyelashes grow longer, but I have my doubts that there's any truth in that; I certainly haven't found that it's happened for me. It does make my lashes nice and soft and less brittle after a day of wearing mascara though. I apply a thin layer to lashes before bed in the hopes that they won't all fall out overnight from pulling my mascara off (bad habit yes) and I also wear it on no make-up days to give my lashes a little glow and lift.

3 // Hands. As well as being a lip balm obsessive, I'm also keen on my hand cream, but when the hand cream just won't cut it the Vaseline steps in. Before bed I rub it in between my fingers where my hands get driest. I've heard that a good trick if you're suffering from really dry hands is to apply a lot and wear some plastic gloves for an hour (or longer if you have the time!) although I've never really found that to be a very practical thing to do.

4 // Feet. This is the one that people may find a bit gross, but unless you're very lucky I'm sure you at least occasionally suffer from dry or cracked skin on your feet. Vaseline is great for this and I find it better than any foot cream I've ever used. I literally smother my feet in it (this is where the pound shop tub comes in handy!) and then wear socks overnight (obviously only to be done in winter because anyone who wears socks to bed in summer is ridiculous).

5 // Nails. I'm rarely without painted nails because it's one of those things that just makes me feel that bit more put together. This does mean my nails can get in a bit of a state. In between removing nail varnish on an evening and reapplying the next day I'll apply a thin layer of Vaseline to each nail to try and prevent splitting and to keep them in a vaguely okay condition. Vaseline can also be applied around your nails before you paint them, which stops any varnish drying around your nails and looking messy (I often skip this step and regret it).

6 // DIY scrubs. Vaseline can be used as an ingredient in homemade lip and body scrubs. The easiest one I've made was with Vaseline, sugar and olive oil. Soft dreamy skin galore.

7 // DIY make-up. I read this trick in a magazine; scoop out the remnants of a lipstick that's running out, mix it with the same amount of Vaseline and you've got a homemade tinted lip balm. Lovely stuff eh?

Do let me know in the comments if there are any uses I've missed out!

Amy x

4 comments

  1. I love the last tip, definitely going to try that when one of my lipsticks run out! :) x

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    1. Thanks! Yeah it's really handy especially if a colour you really love gets discontinued!

      Amy x

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  2. This is such a great list of alternative uses for Vaseline! I will be trying it on my nails when painting! My eyelashes would love it too! :)
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    1. Thanks - it's a lifesaver when painting nails, mine are so messy otherwise!

      Amy x

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