22 Surprising Beauty Uses For Vaseline

by beautifulwithbrains

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. It’s hard to believe, isn’t it? Vaseline doesn’t look like much, and it’s so cheap, but there really a gazillion things you can do with it.

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!

2. Moisturizes 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.

3. Hand and feet moisturizer: 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 Pumpking Butters, I’ll apply vaseline on my body. Works a treat.

5. Eye makeup remover: 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.

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

9. Shaving: 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 and shave. 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. Maintains fragrance 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!

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664 comments

k June 22, 2012 - 2:35 am

I don’t know if someone else said this because I didn’t read all the comments, but when the space between your nose and upper lip gets red and dry (during flu/allergy season) put some vaseline there and it’ll make it less red/sore.

Also on calluses from raking, etc.

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beautifulwithbrains June 22, 2012 - 9:36 am

K, what a wonderful and helpful tip! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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Amy June 27, 2012 - 5:31 am

I guess my nose is very sensitive, because my nose tends to bleed a lot. So my mom told me to put dab a Q-tip in Vaseline and rub the inside of my nose with it. Sounds rediculous but it actually really helps to prevent nose bleeds. I call it painting my nose. 🙂

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beautifulwithbrains June 27, 2012 - 8:03 am

Amy, I’m sorry to hear your nose bleeds a lot but I’m glad you found something that helps. Vaseline is wonderful, isn’t it?

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trivia August 13, 2012 - 12:07 am

yeah, that so works!!

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beautifulwithbrains August 14, 2012 - 5:56 am

Trivia, glad to hear it works for you too! 🙂

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lucy August 29, 2012 - 8:06 pm

Haha yeaah tht does Sound Horibble aNd Funyy but i had the Same Problem and it actualyy worked :DD Thnx for the tip 😉 xx

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beautifulwithbrains August 29, 2012 - 8:37 pm

Lucy, I’m glad it worked for you too. It’s a great tip indeed. 🙂

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Marit December 8, 2012 - 12:41 pm

I’m sorry your nose bleeds a lot! But I wouldn’t put the vaseline in or close to your nose, as you will breathe in the jelly particles which can be damaging for your lungs.

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beautifulwithbrains December 9, 2012 - 9:41 pm

Marit, many doctors recommend vaseline for a bleeding nose, but it is true that it can be dangerous in high amounts. If you use it only once in a while, it shouldn’t be harmful at all, but when applied over a long period of time there’s the risk it could get in your lungs. You can check out this link for more info http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/petroleum-jelly/an00947

But thanks you for the reminder. 🙂

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Kathy July 10, 2012 - 12:58 am

I live in Canada and when it gets really cold here I put Vaseline on the kids’ faces to protect from wind burn/frostbite

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beautifulwithbrains July 10, 2012 - 5:44 am

Kathy, what a great tip. I’m glad it works well for you, thanks for sharing.

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Maddie July 10, 2012 - 7:18 pm

Instead of using mascara, you can brush it onto your eyelashes and it makes them look really really pretty. 🙂

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beautifulwithbrains July 10, 2012 - 10:00 pm

Maddie, that’s good to know, thanks for sharing! 🙂

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Sophie July 12, 2012 - 1:09 am

If you burn yourself, it will protect the burns and sooth them

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beautifulwithbrains July 12, 2012 - 6:08 am

Sophie, that’s great to know. Thanks for sharing.

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Brazil June 26, 2013 - 11:21 pm

I don’t think you’re supposed to put balms or anything thick on a fresh burn, right? It insulates the heat and doesn’t allow it to heal. But maybe after it isn’t so hot?

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beautifulwithbrains June 27, 2013 - 8:20 am

Brazil, you’re right. You shouldn’t put it on a burn straight away, but it “can be used as a subsequent dressing for minor burns”, according to a 2003 study. You can check it out here http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC286261/. Thanks for pointing that out.

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Rachel July 14, 2012 - 8:51 pm

Wow! I never thought to use vaseline as eye makeup remover and I always have the hardest time getting my mascara off even with the expensive makeup removers! And as a conditioner too! Brilliant!

Rachel
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beautifulwithbrains July 16, 2012 - 6:01 am

Rachel, do give it a try, I’m sure you’ll love it. It’s incredible how versatile such a simple and cheap product is, isn’t it?

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LoliDolly July 27, 2012 - 3:41 am

If you dab it around your nails before you put polish on them, and then wipe it off, not only does it moisturize the skin around the nails, it prevents the polish from drying on your skin, and allows for a cleaner looking nail painting job!

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beautifulwithbrains July 27, 2012 - 6:11 am

LoliDolly, what a wonderful tip, thanks for sharing! I’ll definitely try it.

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bonnie July 29, 2012 - 3:28 pm

if you rub a tiny bit of vaseline on your front teeth before you aply bright lipstick then you will not be left with red lipsticky smudges on your teeth when you smile, it stops it from transferring. 🙂 x

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beautifulwithbrains July 29, 2012 - 8:22 pm

Bonnie, what a great tip. Thanks for sharing!

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Marche July 31, 2012 - 12:37 am

My grandmother once advised me to put Vaseline on my earlobes when my pierced ears closed up. She said to put in on the front and back of the earlobe before bed. The next morning, no more closed-up pierced ears. Kinda gross, i know, but it totally works.

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beautifulwithbrains July 31, 2012 - 12:55 pm

Marche, I had never heard of that before, thanks for sharing.

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Tainah August 7, 2012 - 12:55 am

You can put it on your eyelashes using a cue tip right before you go to bed and then when you wake up just simply take the rest still on there off with a tissue and then your lashes should become longer and have more volume after just a few uses ! (:

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beautifulwithbrains August 7, 2012 - 5:25 pm

Tainah, what a nice tip, thanks for sharing.

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Olivia August 16, 2014 - 5:10 pm

Yeah, Tainah, I’ve heard that too and it really works! I combine that with olive oil for a condition too. So it conditions, grows, moisturizes and cleanses my whole eye area!

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Gio August 16, 2014 - 8:18 pm

Olivia, how smart! Thanks for sharing.

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Anna August 14, 2012 - 12:56 am

This is so cool! I never knew it had so many uses, im definitely going to try them all.

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beautifulwithbrains August 14, 2012 - 5:57 am

Anna, it’s very versatile indeed! 🙂

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Krystal August 17, 2012 - 5:09 pm

Vaseline can also be used as a base before applying hair relaxer to prevent scalp from burning!

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beautifulwithbrains August 18, 2012 - 5:53 am

Krystal, I didn’t know that, thanks for sharing!

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moriah August 17, 2012 - 8:22 pm

I use it when I have a cold and my nose gets chapped from so blowing it so much! My husband also has psoriasis and we put it on his knees and wrap them up (we cut the feet off old socks) before bed, and it helps give him the extra moisture to help tone down the flakey skin!

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beautifulwithbrains August 18, 2012 - 5:55 am

Moriah, that’s very handy to know, thanks for sharing.

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Tara August 18, 2012 - 2:58 pm

Once tattoos are healed up you can use it to apply and make it look shiny and glossy.

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beautifulwithbrains August 18, 2012 - 4:17 pm

Tara, can you? Good to know, thanks for sharing. 🙂

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carla August 27, 2012 - 5:24 pm

If you ever burn yourself just put vaseline on the burn everyday until it heals!! Leaving no scar! My grandmas friend told me to do that when I burnt my chin with a straightener! And it was gone in 2 weeks with no scar left behind!

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beautifulwithbrains August 27, 2012 - 7:29 pm

Carla, I’m glad that worked so well for you, thanks for sharing.

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Trish August 28, 2012 - 2:55 am

I agree that there are a great many uses for Vaseline. However, it should not be used on burns. Always use cool water and aloe vera or something similar to help soothe burns. Using Vaseline can actually “trap heat” and cause your burn and pain to last longer. It’s ok to use Vaseline on a burn that has mostly healed if you want to moisturize that area. My mom is a nurse and this is one of her pet peeves, so I just wanted to share!

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beautifulwithbrains August 28, 2012 - 6:04 am

Trish, thanks for sharing. There is so much misinformation about there about vaseline and burns that it can be hard to know what to believe. Vaseline has been proven to help skin heal, but I guess there are better treatments for burns.

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Robin August 29, 2012 - 5:10 am

If you rub it on your feet before you put on high heels it will protect them from blisters. Just don’t use too much or you’ll slip right out of your shoe!

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beautifulwithbrains August 29, 2012 - 7:38 am

Robin, thanks a lot for this great tip. And for the warning too! 🙂

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Katie August 31, 2012 - 3:48 am

I use vaseline to prevent blisters. If you put a layer on your trouble spots (heels, sides of feet) it acts like a barrier for rubbing and prevents blisters the way a sock would.

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Katie August 31, 2012 - 3:50 am

oh sorry! didn’t read the comment above! But gotta love vaseline!

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beautifulwithbrains August 31, 2012 - 1:53 pm

Katie, no worries and thanks for the remainder. It’s a wonderful product indeed. 😉

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anahi September 3, 2012 - 5:37 am

you can make holiday lip balms with vaseline or petroleum jelly by just using any type of flavoring like (vanilla extract, pepper mint extract,….etc)

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beautifulwithbrains September 3, 2012 - 6:11 am

Anahi, that’d be wonderful, what a great idea! Thanks for sharing.

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anahi September 3, 2012 - 6:05 pm

ur welcome and thank you for saying this was a great idea

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beautifulwithbrains September 3, 2012 - 6:54 pm

Anahi, you’re welcome and it really was. 🙂

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anahi September 4, 2012 - 4:14 am

thank you.. u r so nice 😀

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beautifulwithbrains September 4, 2012 - 6:13 am

Anahi, you’re welcome and aww thank you! 🙂

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anahi September 4, 2012 - 11:28 pm

ur welcome 😀 🙂

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beautifulwithbrains September 5, 2012 - 6:00 am

Anahi, 🙂

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anahi September 4, 2012 - 11:35 pm

@beautifulwithbrains i forgot to say that u can make lip balms with vaseline or petroleum jelly by putting it in a container and freezing it….. check out my video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EA1UNNJxcE&feature=plcp

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beautifulwithbrains September 5, 2012 - 6:00 am

Anahi, thanks for the info and I will. 🙂

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anahi September 6, 2012 - 2:45 am

ur welcome please share with other people i would really appreciate it

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beautifulwithbrains September 6, 2012 - 5:49 am

Anahi, I will.

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anahi September 6, 2012 - 10:51 pm

thank u 😀

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beautifulwithbrains September 7, 2012 - 5:22 am

Anahi, you’re welcome. 🙂

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Jamie September 15, 2012 - 6:03 am

My favorite Vaseline tip: prevent and heal bruises! Years ago, a friend of my Mom’s told her to rub Vaseline on the area any time you thought you were going to bruise. She claimed never to get any bruises. I don’t know why this works, but it really does seem to help, even helps with existing bruises.

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beautifulwithbrains September 18, 2012 - 7:33 am

Jamie, what an useful tip! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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anahi September 20, 2012 - 12:00 am

umm u can also rub some vaseline or petroleum jelly in a wart 2 take it off 😀

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beautifulwithbrains September 20, 2012 - 8:49 am

Anahi, can you? Thanks for sharing.

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Maddie September 29, 2012 - 6:13 am

I saw on pinterest that putting vasrlin on your eyelashes will make them grow longer, and it works! Ive been doing it for awlie now and there getting more longer

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Maddie September 29, 2012 - 6:14 am

Vaseline**

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beautifulwithbrains September 30, 2012 - 8:19 pm

Maddie, that’s great. I’m glad it’s working well for you and thanks for sharing.

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diana October 31, 2012 - 8:29 am

You can also use Vaseline to bring out stubborn pimples and blackheads. Just dab some on the area leave for an hour or so and poof ready for removal 🙂

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beautifulwithbrains October 31, 2012 - 10:16 am

Diana, really? Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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Kayla November 16, 2012 - 10:36 pm

Do does it really help with split ends? I am 13 years old and my ends are SO BAD, but we can’t afford to get them cut or whatever. So has anyone ever tried this? Does it work? If so, how excatly do I do it?

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beautifulwithbrains November 16, 2012 - 10:54 pm

Kayla, yes, it helps by sealing them together so that hair looks healthy. However, the effect is only temporary. Vaseline can’t repair split ends and make them disappear. If you decide to use it, apply it on your split ends very sparingly. You need only a minuscule amount.

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Kayla November 16, 2012 - 10:57 pm

Thanks that helps, but when should I apply it? Like before I get in the shower, after I get out of the shower, or like whenever I want?

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beautifulwithbrains November 16, 2012 - 11:03 pm

Kayla, definitely after a shower. If you wash your hair, most of the vaseline will be removed and you’ll have to apply it again. And you’re welcome.

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Kayla November 17, 2012 - 12:44 am

Thanks SOOOOOOO MUCH!!!!!!!!!

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beautifulwithbrains November 18, 2012 - 8:03 pm

Kayla, you’re welcome.

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Kayla November 19, 2012 - 8:31 pm

Just one more question Can I apply it to dry hair? Like if I wake up in the morning and put a little on before school even though my hair is dry?

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beautifulwithbrains November 19, 2012 - 9:15 pm

Kayla, yes, you can.

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Brandi November 25, 2012 - 5:59 pm

Kayla, check into your local beauty college for an inexpensive trim for those split ends.

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Nicole December 6, 2012 - 12:38 am

Vaseline can also be used on squeaky door hinges. It can often take the place of lubricants such as WD-40.

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beautifulwithbrains December 6, 2012 - 6:52 am

Nicole, thanks for letting us know. Very helpful.

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Rachel December 20, 2012 - 4:22 am

I am a paramedic – DO NOT USE THIS ON BURNS! It’s like the old wives tale of butter on burns! Bad news( I’ve seen the aftermath!)other than that I LOVE vasaline, all other uses were great!!

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beautifulwithbrains December 20, 2012 - 1:55 pm

Rachel, thank you for your comment. After reading it, I’ve done some research and found this: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC286261/#ref2. It basically says that “Vaseline is not to be used as an immediate first aid measure for burns, but can be used as a subsequent dressing for minor burns.” So, it’s not useless but it has to be used very carefully and never on a fresh burn.

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Hannah December 29, 2012 - 4:10 pm

I’m surprised that no one has mentioned the fact that petroleum jelly is a byproduct of the process used to make gasoline. It is actually considered to be carcinogenic to your skin. There are so many other naturally derived oils that would work perfectly for any of these uses, such as coconut oil, avocado oil, beeswax, shea butter, or olive oil (which has the same pH balance as human skin). Organic, unrefined coconut oil is my favourite, plus you can find it any grocery store so it’s easily accessible.

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beautifulwithbrains January 7, 2013 - 10:13 pm

Hannah, while it is true that vaseline is derived from oil, it undergoes a refining process that purifies it and removes all the bad, toxic stuff from it. At the end of this process, vaseline is a completely different substance from oil. They have different molecular structures, different benefits and even different side effects. And vaseline is perfectly safe.

Having said that, there are natural alternatives to it, as you mentioned. Personally, I prefer olive oil, but I still like to use vaseline as well. I like to have options.

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Cj March 28, 2013 - 2:25 am

“First, the mineral oil in petroleum jelly clogs your pores, leading to whiteheads and breakouts, so people with oily and acne-prone skin should steer clear. Petroleum jelly also breaks down the collagen in your skin over time, leading to the loss of the plumpness we all prize. Worst of all, it may also be carcinogenic, and the E.U., which is always one step ahead of the U.S. when it comes to cosmetics safety, has already banned many products containing petroleum jelly. Don’t just take my word for it: the famous Dr. Oz warns women that spreading petroleum jelly products on their lips leads to accidental consumption, which is “essentially the same as drinking gasoline.” “

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beautifulwithbrains March 29, 2013 - 7:21 pm

Cj, I’m afraid I will have to disagree with Dr Oz and you on this one. Petroleum Jelly is derived from oil, but it undergoes a refining process that removes all its dangerous impurities. At the end of this process, petroleum jelly has a different molecular structure from oil, and therefore (like a doctor should know well) they are NOT the same thing. So, applying vaseline is NOT the same thing as applying gasoline.

The EU hasn’t banned petroleum jelly. I live in Italy and visited several european countries and many products with vaseline are sold here. What the EU did is simply ban from cosmetics unrefined petroleum jelly. Cosmetic grade petroleum jelly (the type without impurities) is safe and widely used here.

And vaseline on its own isn’t comedogenic, but because it can create an occlusive barrier on the skin, if your skin is dirty or you’re using products with comedogenic ingredients, they’ll get trapped into the skin and cause breakouts. If you apply vaseline on clean skin and pay attention to the other products you’re using, you shouldn’t experience any side effects. Despite this, there are better ingredients for oily skin. Vaseline works much better for dry skin.

Finally, as for petroleum jelly breaking down collagen, I have never found any evidence of it. Do you know of any scientific studies that have proved that, and if so, could you please share them with us?

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Alena February 4, 2013 - 2:10 am

I like to wear eyeshadow all the time, except it never stays on because I do not own any eye primer, concealer, or liquid foundation. So, i decided to see if using some Vaseline on my lids would work, and it did!! You just need a very thin layer and I also like to use it on my lashes so it makes them thicker and fuller.

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beautifulwithbrains February 4, 2013 - 6:49 am

Alena, I didn’t know vaseline worked as an eyeshadow primer too! It really is a wonderful, versatile ingredient. Thanks for sharing.

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liz March 2, 2013 - 8:42 am

These are definitely great tips for Vaseline use ^!… I use vaseline for:

To those who have thick legs like I, during the summer (mostly), when it’s hot and in shorts/skirt or even sometimes after coming out of the pool and wearing the swim suit to long, I get a rash in between my legs because my thighs rub together and Oh boy does that hurt. I shower right away, wash with soap, and then once dry i dab vaseline on the rash it definitely soothes and gone by the next day. or if u can’t shower right away dab some vaseline on it really helps and the swelling goes down.

also for those who sometimes have dark dry spots under the arm pit or even in between the breast ( i no weird, but it happens and its hard to get rid of with lotion, never goes away) , dab some vaseline on during the night after a shower and u will soon see nice, smooth, clean looking arm pits haha i used it once and i am now not ashamed of wearing sleeveless shirts lol the dark spots are gone =)

one last thing when your wearing heels and u need a fast in sole for your feet use a pad liner. (yes i said it!)
1.) your feet will sweat and the pad will absorb it
2.) the pad will give you cushion
3.) the pad has a sticky side that will keep it in one place the whole night
(so for those who use toilet paper, the pad is more discreet)
4.)your feet will have support and the pad will mold to your feet

sorry so long,I hope this helps people out. =)

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beautifulwithbrains March 3, 2013 - 10:08 pm

Liz, thank you for your long comment and sharing your experience with us. It’s definitely very helpful. 🙂

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Molly Mae September 3, 2013 - 6:05 am

Liz,
Any guy or girl who has their legs rubbing together, should put baby powder on before doing any strenuous activity. That should keep you from having to put Vasiline on your chafed thighs.

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Maria April 16, 2013 - 5:55 am

Very interesting comments. I started to use Vaseline few months ago and I just can’t believe the benefits! Honestly I use it from head to toe and every night. On the skin, be it on the face or body will leave your skin soft, suple and a healthy looking glow. It definitely helps strenghtening the eyelashes and eyebrows. I love it when I do facial exercises and I feel Vaseline acts a bit like a “frownie” during the night. Also wonderful for cuticles and split ends. Excellent mascara remover. I tried castor oil, coconut oil, vitamine E, nothing compares to Vaseline! It deserves to be transfered in a diamond studded jar!

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beautifulwithbrains April 16, 2013 - 10:31 am

Maria, I’m glad you love it so much too. It’s incredible how many uses it has, isn’t it? It’s so effective and versatile. It deserves its own diamond studded jar indeed!

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Kimberly May 8, 2013 - 8:56 am

Oh my god. I am going out right now and buying vaseline right now! If you check out my blog, you can see some home made hair masks. http://www.travelonsteroids.com

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beautifulwithbrains May 8, 2013 - 8:28 pm

Kimberley, I’m sure you’ll love how versatile vaseline is. And I’ll go check it out now.

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Caroline June 16, 2013 - 10:56 am

Great share and vaseline is probably one of the most versatile beauty products that anyone can buy. I apply it to my eyelashes to help condition and make them appear longer. Of course you cant apply mascara after doing this so best done at night.

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beautifulwithbrains June 16, 2013 - 11:32 am

Caroline, it’s a wonderful product, isn’t it? Cheap, effective and versatile. 🙂

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Maria July 20, 2013 - 4:18 pm

A while ago I wrote about benefits of Vaseline. I recently discovered that somehow I got rid of a “mole” (at the base of neck) that had grown bigger over time. It just kind of started to detach, dry up and eventually fell. Since I don’t put anything else on my skin, I tend to attribute it to Vaseline. Just sharing here! I’m sure we’re not out of discoveries about Vaseline.

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beautifulwithbrains July 20, 2013 - 9:59 pm

Maria, I had never heard of vaseline doing that before, but I’m glad that it worked for you. Thanks for sharing.

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Molly Mae September 3, 2013 - 6:15 am

I noticed that people had already said you can make your own lip balm. You can also add tints to the them with either natural wax coloring or lipstick. Or you can go old fashioned and crush up berries. I haven’t personally done it but I know a friend that is very environmental who loved the creative side to mashing your own lip balm haha. I’m sure you could find it on Pinterest or Instructables

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beautifulwithbrains September 3, 2013 - 9:57 pm

Molly Mae, thanks for the tip! Sounds like fun. I’ll definitely look it up!

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Jenni K September 20, 2013 - 2:13 am

I had no idea Vaseline was this useful. Some uses are really surprising! Thanks for sharing!

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beautifulwithbrains September 20, 2013 - 9:23 pm

Jenny, you’re welcome. It’s incredible how versatile it is, isn’t it?

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Aubrey October 30, 2013 - 1:05 pm

I get a type of eczema-like dryness every winter on my arms and its super embarrassing! I put Vaseline on the dry skin and it disappeared overnight. I use it for everything!

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beautifulwithbrains October 30, 2013 - 7:47 pm

Aubrey, I’m glad that vaseline helps with your problem. It’s amazing, isn’t it?

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Lucy February 21, 2014 - 4:13 am

Thanks for this article, a lot of these seem helpful. but I would be careful if putting it on your face because it can be really hard to get off and leave your skin feeling really greasy and not pleasant!

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Gio February 21, 2014 - 1:07 pm

Lucy, vaseline is a great moisturizer, but I agree that not everyone may like how it feels on the skin. On the face, it should be used sparingly. Thanks for the reminder.

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swan87 October 27, 2014 - 11:13 pm

My father worked az a manager in a leading cosmetic house, and we had a big drum of Vaseline at our home which my father bought at dirt cheap price in the year 1995. It had kilos of Vaseline in it that we used till the year 2001. My father introduced thousands of uses and many of them we still apply today but our stock has finished. Lol. We use Vaseline as face cleanser. We rub it on the face, with lightly warm water soaked towel we wipe it out, and get oil free supple skin. Use it on cracked heels, knuckles, armpits, inner thighs, rashes, bruises, itches, creaking doors.. Side of feet, back and on back we wipe out n use it as a cleanser. Life is good when Vaseline is there

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Gio October 28, 2014 - 8:54 pm

Swan87, how fortunate! I agree, life is wonderful indeed with vaseline, it has so many uses! Thank you for sharing some with us!

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Kim November 6, 2014 - 3:07 am

I’d advise some reading about the safety of vasoline before promoting it – just because it has been used for years, does not mean it is good for you.

http://www.blisstree.com/2012/01/12/beauty-shopping/vaseline-bad-for-you-petroleum-jelly-alternatives-879/

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Gio November 6, 2014 - 8:20 pm

Kim, thank you for your comment. I have been researching cosmetic ingredients for years and I have yet to see any evidence that vaseline is harmful. The blogger who wrote the article you linked to said it too: “it’s surprisingly tough to find out what’s so bad about petroleum jelly”. If it were so dangerous, there’d be plenty of proof and it could be found easily!

Of course she then proceeds to list all the ways in which vaseline is bad for you anyway, but she doesn’t cite any sources to support her evidence. That makes me think that, like me, she hasn’t found any.

What vaseline does is create a barrier on the skin that prevents water loss, thus keeping skin hydrated. But there is absolutely no proof that it causes cancer or makes you age faster. A lot of these claims originated from brands selling natural products. Those are often less effective and more expensive, so some of these brands started spreading nasty rumours to scare consumers away from vaseline and other synthetic ingredients and buy their “safer” alternatives instead.

It is true though that vaseline is derived from a non-renewable source, so it’s not that good for the environment. If you care about that, by all means, avoid it. But using it won’t kill you nor make you age faster.

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Sparrow August 3, 2015 - 4:18 am

I love vaseline! Especially as an eye makeup remover. 🙂 Can’t wait to use it on my eyebrows!

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Gio August 3, 2015 - 5:50 am

Sparrow, it’s a wonderful eye makeup remover, isn’t it? Takes everything off!

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