We like to think of Vaseline as the OG moisturizer. It dates back to 1865 when Robert Chesebrough patented the petroleum jelly formula to heal dry skin. Its thick consistency really does work wonders on our skin, especially when it gets cold out. But since its invention, we've found so many other Vaseline uses that don't just pertain to skincare—seriously, its limits are boundless. It even protects skin from environmental toxins.
From the basic beauty needs (use it for a killer highlight game) to the more bizarre (some people apply it to the inside of light bulb sockets and glue bottles to prevent sticking), good old-fashioned Vaseline ($4) is one multitasking beauty product that has so many uses. And we've rounded up 15 of our favorite uses for the stuff that feel almost life-changing—or at the very least, skin-changing. (Just wait until you read the epic self-tanner hack!)
So without further ado, keep scrolling to discover 15 of the most unexpected Vaseline uses that have since rocked the beauty-loving worlds of Byrdie editors—and hopefully yours too.
1. Prep Skin for Fragrance
Moisturized skin holds scents better, so rub some Vaseline on your pulse points before you spritz to make your fragrance last longer.
2. Tame Your Hair
Use Vaseline to tame frizz and seal dry split ends, and even to keep unruly eyebrows in place.
3. DIY Highlighter
Swap your highlighter for Vaseline. Just dab a small amount on the high points of your face for a dewy, naturally luminous glow. Keep in mind that Vaseline clogs some peoples' pores, so if that seems like it could happen to you, maybe don't follow this tip, or at least go very lightly. A great alternative can be found in the cult-loved Weleda Skinfood ($11).
4. Stain Remover
With a damp washcloth, Vaseline can be used to lift makeup stains from your clothes as well as pillows, blankets, and sheets.
5. Clean Up Your Manicure
Apply Vaseline to your cuticles before polishing your nails to keep color off of the skin around your nails. You'll get a perfect manicure—minus the cleanup.
6. Dry Skin Healer
Smooth Vaseline over cracked heels or dry elbows, slip on a pair of socks, go to sleep, and wake up to healthy, hydrated skin.
7. Customize Your Cosmetics
Turn any of your favorite loose pigments into cream eye shadow or blush by mixing them with Vaseline. You can also make a tinted lip balm this way. But our favorite application is combining Vaseline with a shimmy pigment like Vanilla from MAC to create a dewy highlight.
8. Lash Conditioner
If you're embracing the no-makeup look, trade your mascara for Vaseline. Smooth it over your lashes for a fuller set of dark, glossy eyelashes. Bonus: Vaseline also makes a great lash conditioner.
9. Leather Polish
Scuffed shoes? Buff a little Vaseline onto boots, shoes, bags, and any other leather goods that need polishing.
10. Achieve the Perfect Tan
Use a small amount of Vaseline on dry spots before applying self-tanner. It will act as a barrier, preventing streaks and stains in areas the self-tanning product would otherwise cling to.
Apply it around the hairline before applying at-home color to prevent hair-dye stains.
11. A Gentle Makeup Remover
Makeup remover can be expensive and tough on your eyes. Vaseline is an inexpensive option that easily and gently removes eyeliner, mascara, shadow, and even the eyelash glue your falsies leave behind.
12. Ear and Jewelry Care
If you don't wear earrings very often, those holes can become troublesome. Rub Vaseline over your earlobes and the earring first to help it slide in painlessly. Vaseline can also help you take off a stuck-on ring—just another brilliant use!
13. DIY Scrubs
Dry lips? Add a bit of sugar to your Vaseline to make your own lip scrub. Or mix it with sea salt and use the mixture in the shower as a body scrub with moisturizing benefits.
14. Prevent Nail Polish Bottles From Sticking
Another expert sleeper use for Vaseline? Smooth a dab under the cap of your nail polish to prevent dried lacquer from making the bottle impossible to open. Yes, the polish will stay fresh forever. Or at least pretty darn close.
15. Prevent Rusting Razor Blades
Keep your razors like new by smoothing a very thin layer of Vaseline onto the blades between uses. Make sure they're completely dry first to prevent rust. Seriously, it's one of the slickest (literally) uses for Vaseline we've ever discovered. Praise be.
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