22 Surprising Beauty Uses For Vaseline

by beautifulwithbrains
beauty uses for vaseline

Vaseline is a staple in my beauty bag. I lost count of the amount of times it came to my skin’s rescue and helped me out of a beauty emergency.

Hard to believe, isn’t it? Vaseline doesn’t look like much. Plus, it’s so cheap. Surely, there’s not much you can do with it?

On the contrary, my friend. Here are just 22 of my favourite beauty uses for vaseline:

1. Lip Balm

When my lips get all dry and chapped in winter, I slather a thin layer of vaseline on my lips. The taste is awful, but my lips are all soft and moisturized again. Bye bye chapped lips!

Related: How To Treat Chapped Lips

2. Moisturiser For Dry Skin

I have combination skin that gets drier around my cheeks in winter. When that happens, I simply apply some vaseline to the area, and voilà, skin is soft once again.

Vaseline works because it creates a protective barrier on the lips that keeps moisture in. The more moisture your skin has, the softer and plumper it gets.

Related: How To Care For Combination Skin

3. Hands And Feet Moisturiser

Harsh winter weather causes havoc on my skin. And, after months of being hidden under clothes and boots, my feet need some TLC.

The solution? You guessed it, vaseline. I apply some on my hands and feet, put on either gloves or socks, and wait about 10-15 minutes, to give vaseline time to soak into the skin. When I take my gloves/socks off, my hands/feet are sooo soft!

4. All over moisturiser

My skin gets insanely dry in winter. I blame it on a combination of freezing cold weather and relaxing hot showers. If I’ve run out of my beloved Haus Of Gloi Pumpkin Butters, I’ll apply vaseline on my body. Works a treat.

Related: My Full Review Of Haus Of Gloi Depravity Pumpkin Butter

5. Eye makeup remover

Vaseline dissolves the oils in your makeup and sunscreen and takes them on a trip down the drain. When I run out of makeup remover, I turn to vaseline. Does the job quickly and effectively.

6. Scrub

I’m not a big fan of scrubs. I prefer chemical exfoliants these days. But if you like to use a good scrub, you can make your own by mixing petroleum jelly with sea salt. Easy peasy.

Related: How To Choose The Best Exfoliator For Your Skin Type

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7. Night cream

I don’t like to bring a lot of products with me when I’m travelling. If it’s a short trip, I’ll just use vaseline as my night cream. It does the job well, and I couldn’t leave it at home anyway. It’s so useful! Just remember to warm it up first.

8. Manicure Protector

Before painting my nails, I always make sure to apply some vaseline at their base. It prevents the color from running.

9. Shaving Cream

When I run out of shaving cream, I use vaseline. I slather a very thin layer (don’t use too much, or it’ll plug up your razor!) on the area that needs shaving.

Then, do the deed. No need to use water. The best part? Skin is super smooth afterwards!

10. Highlighter

Strobing is all the rage now. I wouldn’t suggest using vaseline for that, but you could use the tiniest bit on your cheeks and undereye area for that dewy look. I do sometimes.

11. Softens elbows

My mom’s elbows were pretty rough. Until she started applying vaseline daily. Now, they’re so soft!

12. Lipgloss

I’m a sucker for lipglosses, but I never buy clear ones. When I just want a bit of shine on my lips, I’ll use vaseline. It’s more moisturizing than any lipgloss I’ve ever tried, too.

13. Makes Fragrance Lasts Longer

Some perfumes smell gorgeous, but last so little! To make it linger longer, apply a thin layer of vaseline on your wrist (or wherever else you’re going to apply perfume) before spraying the fragrance on. You’ll be surprised at how well it works.

14. Lip exfoliant

I like to exfoliate my lips before using a bold red lipstick. First, I apply petroleum jelly to my lips. I wait a few minutes and then, using an old toothbrush, I scrub my lips. The result? Soft, smooth lips.

15. Protects skin from hair dye

When I used to dye my hair blonde, I would first apply some vaseline around the hairline. It protects skin from the harsh chemicals contained in the dye.

16. Conditioner

If you have dry hair, you can apply some vaseline to the scalp before shampooing. It’ll condition it and make it soft.

17. Seals in split ends

Unfortunately, there’s no way to repair split ends for good. But you can hide them. How?

Just put some vaseline on them. It’ll seal them in and make them look like they aren’t there.

But don’t do this too often. It takes a couple of shampoos to remove vaseline from your hair!

18. Cream blusher

If I don’t have the right blush shade in my makeup bag, I’ll make my own. It’s really easy. I just mix some vaseline with a bit of lipstick, and apply the paste on my cheeks. Lovely!

19. Prevents uneven tanning

I don’t use tanning lotions anymore, but if you do, you need to know this trick. If you put some petroleum jelly on dry spots before using a fake tan lotion, your tan will be even all over. Wonderful, isn’t it? And so easy!

20. Moisturizes and tames eyebrows

If I need to tame some unruly eyebrows, I’ll use vaseline. Quick and easy.

21. Prevents chafing

Do you have a gorgeous pair of shoes that hurts and chafes at your feet? I do too. If I want to wear them, I’ll just apply some vaseline on my heels and the balls of my feet. Now I can walk in them without feeling the pain.

22. Stains remover

No matter how careful I am, sometimes a bit of makeup ends up on my clothes, staining them. Whenever that happens, I turn to vaseline. It does the trick well and quickly.

Do you know other beauty uses for vaseline? Let me know in the comments!



Sudheera December 15, 2015 - 11:38 am

I have two daughters of age 3years and 5 years. Both skin is dry and my younger daughter is dark to. Can u please tell me whether I can use Vaseline petroleum jelly for them. We live in India. So suggest for that climate. It will be very hot.

Gio December 27, 2015 - 11:50 am

Sudheera, I don’t see any reason why you can’t use vaseline. Just do so sparingly. A little is more than enough.

Emily February 22, 2016 - 3:26 am

Used vaseline and it really does work

Gio February 22, 2016 - 1:02 pm

Emily, glad it’s working well for you, too. It’s really good, isn’t it?

Hannah May 11, 2016 - 4:26 pm

Some of those tips are pretty interesting and I didn’t know about. I think it’s crazy that you can get away with putting it on your face, though. Doesn’t it feel very heavy and your hair stick to it? I think that if I put it on my face that I’d break out.

Gio May 12, 2016 - 9:03 pm

Hannah, it really depends on your skin type. You need to use it very very little, as it goes a loooooooong way.

Frida July 30, 2016 - 12:31 am

I was using it and it worked perfectly but my mom told me not to use it because it has petrolatum and she said it can be contaminated with cancer-causing polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. Is this really true??

Gio July 31, 2016 - 6:43 pm

Frida, in its original state, it is. But it undergoes a purifying process that removes all those cancer-causing impurities before it is added in cosmetics, so you can use it safely.

Lauren January 17, 2017 - 9:49 am

These are so interesting. I had no idea you could really use vaseline for anything other than lip balm! I am going to try it out on my split ends and see what happens haha. – Lauren x

Gio January 19, 2017 - 1:37 pm

Lauren, it’s incredibly versatile, isn’t it? Let me know how it works out for you.

Jess December 6, 2017 - 12:26 pm

Love your versatile uses:)I make a a roller for eyelash and eyebrow thicker/longer & growth I think I’m going to try it my EO blend with the Vaseline!! Thanks !!

Gio December 10, 2017 - 2:26 pm

Jess, glad you liked the post!

Naifa November 14, 2018 - 4:19 pm

I once heard that Vaseline can remove dark circles within 3 days if it is applied with lemon juice. Is that true?? ?

Gio November 23, 2018 - 1:21 pm

Naifa, no it’s not true! Please don’t try it. Lemon juice is very irritating.

okoro chinenye December 14, 2018 - 4:42 pm

Please I have sunburn and pimples will the blueseal valseline clear it

Gio January 13, 2019 - 6:17 pm

Okoro, no I am afraid vaseline can’t treat sunburn and pimples. 🙁

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