Vaseline is that one item that pretty much every house across the country has. But this little pot of petroleum jelly is so much more than just a store cupboard product, because it can help you take off your makeup, soothe those sun burns and whiten your teeth. There’s a reason it’s been around for over 150 years, and with 18 tips & tricks, it’s here to stay!
#1 Lip balm
The obvious number one use for Vaseline is as lip balm. It protects, moisturises and gives lasting shine all day & all night – and we ladies love that!
Yup, Vaseline can be used to add a subtle highlight to your cheek bones. By dabbing a little with your fourth finger along your cheekbones, you’ll accentuate your natural glow for a dewy finish in no time.
#3 Makeup remover
Not only will your mascara, eyeshadow, lipstick and foundation come off with a few swipes of Vaseline on a cotton pad, it will leave your skin nice and supple, plus it’s cheaper than any bottled makeup remover or Micellar water. Score!
#4 Prevent dye stains
From your DIY hair colouring adventures to tinting your brows, protect your skin from staining by applying Vaseline along the hairline, or around the brows. Once you’ve achieved your desired colouring, you can just wipe off the jelly and hey presto – no coloured stains!
#5 The Marilyn Monroe
Movie icon Marilyn Monroe would apply Vaseline to her face all over before bed, as her night cream. So why not follow in her beauty routine steps and do so too, you’ll wake up with a soothing, soft face. If it’s good enough for the timeless sex symbol, it’s definitely good enough for us!
#6 Softened heels
Heels, sandals, wedges and high boots. All of these can transform our heels into flaky, cracked or scratched bottoms. To fix this and pronto, massage a generous amount onto your feet, then slide on socks, have a good night’s sleep and wake in the morning with perfect softened heels.
#7 DIY Body scrub
Bloggers and beauty enthusiasts swear by body scrubs and there’s a good reason too. So why not whip up your very own scrub by mixing sea salt or sugar with Vaseline together and lathering onto your skin pre-shower. Add in a bit of honey or natural oils for an extra little touch. You can also pamper your lips with a smaller amount for a lip scrub.
#8 After sun protection
Have you been on holidays recently? Turned into a lobster? Well soothe your skin with Vaseline! Cracked, sore skin will cool down once applied and in the long run it will lock in moisture too.
#9 Nail polish remover
Just like being able to remove strong eye makeup looks, Vaseline can assist in removing your nail polish. Perfect for the times when your manicure is beginning to chip away. Just mix a pea-sized amount of toothpaste, the petroleum jelly and lemon juice together and wipe away with a cotton pad.
#10 Tame stubborn flyaways
Doing your hair and have a few stubborn flyaways? Well slick them down with a bit of Vaseline and you’re ready to go. Better for your hair than hairspray, and it won’t leave that crunchy texture either. This is also a great trick for misbehaving eyebrow hairs.
#11 Eye serum booster
If you love a good eye serum, then you’ll love this trick! Applying a little Vaseline on top of your eye serum once it’s blended in will help boost its active ingredients by two. Do be wary of retinol-based formulas though.
#12 Prevent lipstick teeth stains
Nobody wants that red lipstick stain on your teeth, and with a little swipe of Vaseline before lipstick application, you can easily avoid it. All smiles, all around now!
#13 Victoria’s Secret legs
Want to achieve that smooth and shimmering finish that the Victoria’s Secrets models strut with on the catwalk? Well then mix some jelly with bronzer and moisturise into your shins. Apply along your collarbone and shoulders too if you want to go full Victoria’s Angels’ glam.
#14 Hand & nail cream
Substitute Vaseline as an inexpensive hand & nail cream by applying a pea-sized amount to your cuticles and rubbing into your fingers and hand. Great for those who get regular gel nails or Shellac manicures – just don’t pick up cups of hot coffee post-application.
#15 Longer lasting perfume
If you love to spritz, but tend to do so on the hour then add a very thin layer of Vaseline to your neck and wrists before you spray to enhance its scent and help it last longer.
#16 Smooth shaving
Before you get those VS legs we spoke of above, get your pins ready with a super smooth shave by applying a very thin layer of jelly and carry on with your favourite razor as per usual. You can thank us later!
#17 Eyeshadow base
What lady doesn’t love a good eyeshadow base before she starts her makeup look. Apply a small amount of Vaseline all over the lid with your fourth finger and allow to set for a minute or so before creating your glamorous finish. This works beautifully for that glossy, wet-look from the Yves Saint Laurent campaign. Move over Edie Campbell!
#18 Brighten your smile
Heading out for the day or night to meet a lot of people? Then slick some Vaseline across your teeth for a nice & bright smile that’ll last all day…until you eat something of course.