Vaseline was developed in 1872 by Unilever. Within a few short years, the plain petroleum jelly had became a standard in medicine cabinets and makeup drawers the world over. Over the nearly century and a half since its development, the uses of Vaseline have grown to include everything from first aid to cosmetics and more. Here are ten ways you can use Vaseline in your personal beauty routine.
1. Makeup Removal
Vaseline is a non-polar hydrocarbon, which means it is great for removing waterproof makeup, like waterproof mascaras and lipsticks. If you need to up the ante to help remove a stubborn lipstick, mix some sugar with the Vaseline to make a gentle lip scrub that you apply with your fingers in a circular motion. Wipe the mixture off when you are done and you’ll have removed your makeup and moisturized your skin at the same time, doing both without any harsh chemicals.
2. Protection from Hair Dye
One of the problems with DIY hair dyes is that they can discolor your skin. This is fine when it occurs on your scalp because it isn’t noticeable. It can be embarrassing, however, if the skin along your hairline or at your neck becomes stained. Spread a little Vaseline anywhere you don’t want the dye to stick and you’ll have no problems with stains. Just wipe everything off when you are finished.
3. Highlighting Skin
A very thin application of Vaseline can produce a sheer, natural radiance on cheekbones, eyelids, or anywhere else you want a little glow. It can also be used to create a “wet” look when applied gently over makeup, such as eye shadow. Remember to use it sparingly when highlighting.
4. Skin Softener
One of the oldest uses of Vaseline is as an overnight salve. When Vaseline is applied liberally to the skin and then covered (so that it doesn’t get all over the sheets), it can help heal cracks, soften skin, improve dryness, and reduce calluses. Many people use it during the dry winter months to protect their hands. It works wonders for people who must constantly wash their hands, such as chefs and medical professionals, by counteracting the drying effects of soaps.
5. Lash Growth
A thin coating of Vaseline can help your lashes to grow longer and thicker. Simply brush a small amount onto your lashes before bed and wipe off any excess when you wake in the morning. Many people use a Q-tip to apply the Vaseline. Be aware that it can irritate sensitive eyes.
6. A Brighter Smile
You may have seen this trick in a movie or during the Miss America Pageant, but putting Vaseline on your teeth really does make for a brighter, whiter smile. Apply sparingly and don’t forget to put a little on your lips as well. Vaseline is non-toxic, so it is safe to swallow.
7. Repair Split Ends and Smooth Fly-aways
Vaseline is a great way to tame split ends. Just get a little on your index finger and thumb and rub them through your hair. You can also use the same technique to clean up ponytails, braids, and other hairstyles when a few strands escape.
8. Make a Cream Makeup
Mixing Vaseline with any powdered makeup will instantly convert that makeup to a cream. This is not only great for improving the look and feel of the makeup when used for its original purpose, but can also expand the use of a particular makeup. For instance, mixing a little Vaseline with blush will turn that blush into a lipstick. As an added benefit, the lipstick you create this way will moisturize and protect your lips.
9. Tame Eyebrows
Vaseline can help to smooth unruly eyebrows and add a little sheen to make them look healthier. It can also be used to ease the pain of plucking by softening the skin and making the eyebrow hair less resistant to being pulled. So, before you reach for the tweezers, reach for the Vaseline.
By mixing a little bit of sea salt with Vaseline, you can make an outstanding exfoliant and body scrub. Not only will it remove dead cells and excess oils, it will soften and moisturize your skin as it works. Usually you are well-advised to moisturize your skin after exfoliating, but if you use this Vaseline recipe, you’ll save yourself some time by doing both at once.
These are just ten of the beauty uses to which people have put Vaseline in its 140 years as a consumer product. A full list of Vaseline uses would include everything from lip balm to shoe polish. When it comes to do-it-all products, Vaseline and baking soda just might be the most versatile things you have in your home. Both have multiple beauty applications and safety records dating back well over 100 years. It is hard to find a product as well-tested and well-respected as Vaseline. Make it a part of your beauty routine today.