We've already established that Vaseline is the ultimate multitasking product. While its uses aren't limited to the realm of beauty, some of the most impressive applications pertain to skin. And the product really shines in the winter. Dry feet, elbows, face? Pretty much anything that’s dry or irritated benefits from a dose of the goopy, gooey goodness. And it does it all for the bargain price of $4.
Scroll through to find out how to make Vaseline work even harder for you this season.
Vaseline can be used to treat minor wounds and burns. As an occlusive moisturizer, it creates a barrier that helps skin retain moisture while it prevents bacteria and other elements from getting in. Plus, it’s thick, which makes it an excellent windshield. Apply a thin layer before you go outside in the winter to protect your skin from windburn and other harsh elements.
If it feels nearly impossible to retain soft hands and smooth feet this time of year. Vaseline to the rescue. Apply a generous layer to your hands and feet, and slip into a pair of cotton gloves and socks. Wear those overnight, and you’ll wake up to baby-soft skin. The oils in petroleum jelly seal in moisture, and as a thick ointment, it stays on the skin longer than your typical water-based lotion, which means better healing.
Dry skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis need to be moisturized. But not any moisturizer will do—it has to be gentle so as not to exacerbate the condition. Vaseline has only one ingredient—plus no fragrance, no color, and no additional ingredients that will irritate sensitive skin. Swap out your body lotion for Vaseline when you need extra soothing.
The higher the lipid content of an emollient moisturizer, the better and longer it works. The only downside to a high lipid content is it makes for a thicker, greasier product. However, that is precisely what you want when battling dry, itchy patches. Apply a layer over ravaged-by-winter spots, wrap it in plastic wrap, and leave it on for as long as you can. When you finally take it off, your dry patches will be a thing of the past.
When you step outside in the winter, do your eyes immediately start watering, thus leaving you with red, irritated skin around your eyes? If so, it might help to apply a thin layer of Vaseline around your eyes before braving the cold. The product will as a barrier to the elements, protecting skin from the cold air, and even if you do shed a few tears, they’ll slide right off, and you’ll avoid the red, raw skin of winters past.
And, of course, Vaseline is always a top choice in lip care. If your lips are already dry, use Vaseline with a soft toothbrush or mix it with sugar for an exfoliating scrub that’s also moisturizing. Petroleum jelly forms a protective layer on your lips, keeping the harsh elements out and moisture in, which means it will prevent dryness and flaking. For even more protection against chapping, layer it over your favorite hydrating lip serum or oil (we like Fresh’s Sugar Advanced Lip Therapy, $26).
Next up: Check out these 12 essential winter skincare tips.