Petroleum Jelly Health Benefits , Petroleum Jelly Uses and Benefits
20 Beauty Tips and Tricks with Vaseline or Petroleum Jelly
Vaseline is a brand name that has become the generic name for Petroleum Jelly. This is known as a Generic Trademark. But I’m going to use the term Petroleum Jelly throughout this post, but I think you will know what I’m talking about. Petroleum Jelly is so incredibly versatile. Mr Sith uses it when he cuts himself shaving to stop the bleeding until he can find his styptic pencil. I don’t know why he is always misplacing it. I sued this on Darthypie when he was a baby to prevent diaper rash. I also have a ton of beauty uses for it as well. I know there are some of you out there that don’t like to use petroleum based products. That’s fine. In fact, I try to avoid them too. But there are multiple uses for this “wunder-jelly” and so many people have asked me about using it, I decided to just go though a list of tips. I have used Petroleum Jelly for every tip mentioned below except the “non traditional” ones. I hope you find these tips helpful too!
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Petroleum Jelly for Lips
1. It’s a great lip balm! Use Petroleum Jelly to help moisturize, soften, and smooth lips – Yup. Use it at night as a lip balm and my lips are soft and smooth when I wake up.
2. Turn old lipsticks into fun, new glosses by mixing remnants with a dab of Petroleum Jelly- HAHAHAHA Old Lipsticks. I have too many Old Glosses to warrant making my lipsticks into glosses, but I have used Petroleum Jelly to sheer out some red lipsticks to give more of a lip stain effect.
3. Exfoliate your lips by applying Petroleum Jelly and lightly brushing with a toothbrush – Yup. When I forget to apply lip balm at night I wake up to chapped lips. I take a soft child’s toothbrush apply a dab of Petroleum Jelly to it and scrub (GENTLY). My lips are easily exfoliated and they are super moisturized to boot!
Petroleum Jelly for Eyes
4. Moisturize eyelids daily by coating them with a THIN layer of Petroleum Jelly before bed – I have done this on the occasion that I run out of eye cream (Hey…it can happen, even to me) or during the winter when I’m out sledding sans makeup and I want to protect the delicate skin around my eyes from dry cold air.
5. Tame unruly eyebrows by applying a thin layer of Petroleum Jelly and lightly comb into place. – Yup. Works pretty well, not as great as a brow gel, but it will do in a pinch!
Petroleum Jelly for Face
6. Put a spoonful of Petroleum Jelly into a bowl and lightly warm in the microwave for 10 second intervals to make a face cream that you can use every night before bed – and be sure to take care when handling hot materials – I tried this once. It didn’t break me out, but I am far too oily to do this on an even semi regular basis.
7. Use Petroleum Jelly on your cheekbones and above your brows for a fresh and dewy look. You can also mix it with a bit of lipstick and apply it to your cheeks for a natural flush.
Petroleum Jelly for Hands and Feet
8. Apply a dab of Petroleum Jelly to fingernails to keep them resilient while also keeping cuticles soft – Do this a lot. When I forget to use something to moisturize my cuticles they end up looking like a crime scene in a matter of days.
9. Put Petroleum Jelly around the base of your nail to stop nail polish from getting on your skin – I did this when I had a sprained finger on my left hand. Using the Petroleum Jelly made my application easy to clean up because you know how bad using your non dominant hand to paint your nails can get.
10. Apply Petroleum Jelly to your hands, then put on a pair of gloves and allow moisture to soak into the skin overnight – Yup. Cotton gloves and a boat load of Petroleum Jelly. I got annoyed by the gloves in the middle of the night and ended up taking them off. Oh well.
11. Apply Petroleum Jelly on your feet before putting on socks and wear overnight to help achieve smooth feet and toes – Ah yes. I do this a lot. My feet are always dry so this has been a great way to keep them looking pretty.
Petroleum Jelly for Hair
12. Use a dab of Petroleum Jelly to slick back stray hairs in a ponytail for a smooth, polished look – Yes. I have put this in my hair. A teeny amount goes a long way.
13. Rub a bit of Petroleum Jelly into the ends of your hair to hide the appearance of split ends – Used sparingly it can make my hair look better/healthier, but I have such fine hair I have to b careful about using too much.
14. Rub a thin layer of Petroleum Jelly to pulse points before applying fragrance to encourage the fragrance to last longer – This I have done on many occasions. For some reason fragrances fade on me very quickly. I also like expensive perfume and don’t want to use it all up…this helps my perfume last longer so I spray less!
15. Use Petroleum Jelly as a body moisturizer by applying it to dry patches on your body – Who hasn’t put this Petroleum Jelly on your elbows, knees or heels at least once. It works too!
16. Apply Petroleum Jelly to moisturize freshly shaved legs – Making the mistake of applying lotion to my shaved legs was awful. I felt like my legs were on fire. Applying Petroleum Jelly to my legs after shaving didn’t irritate them at all and they had a silky look.
Here are a few more “wacky” or non traditional uses for Petroleum Jelly as a beauty aid.
17. Mix a pinch of Petroleum Jelly with powdered drink mix or melted chocolate chips to create a flavored lip gloss – Umm? Melted Chocolate Chips? No thanks.
18. Apply Petroleum Jelly to your teeth to help you keep smiling – I remember this tip from ages and ages ago. I thought only beauty queens did this.
19. Smear a thin coat of Petroleum Jelly along your teeth before applying lipstick to prevent the color from sticking to them – I need to remember this when I’m 70 years old as I have yet to see a 70+ year old woman without lipstick on her teeth. (just kidding…sort of)
20. Rub Petroleum Jelly over old nail polish to make it look new again – Nah. I think this will work, but I doubt I would ever do it.
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18 Unexpected Ways to Use Vaseline
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 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.
8 CLEVER BEAUTY TIPS AND TRICKS USING PETROLEUM JELLY
1. Hydrate Your Lips
2. Moisturize Chapped Hands & Feet
3. Tame the Brow Beast
4. Keep Fingers and Cuticles Clean While Painting Nails
5. Make a Base for DIY Exfoliators
6. Get a Dewy Glow
7. Smooth Flyaways and Pesky Split Ends
8. Get Superstar Glowing Legs