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Top Ten Ways to Use Vaseline

Updated on May 2, 2016

Petroleum Jelly

The Drugstore Classic Vaseline

We all have this wonder product that you get at the drugstore in our medicine cabinets. If you are smart you keep a tube of petroleum jelly in your make up bag as well as your desk drawer in the office. It is one of the most inexpensive product that can take care of so many things, especially when it comes to dry skin care, nail care and a great fill in for many beauty treatments that otherwise cost alot of money. Vaseline is probably one of the best beauty tips on the planet.

Personally I never leave home without a tube of vaseline. I have a good size jar in my bathroom and one next to my bed. Here I want to share with you why I love it so much and my top 10 ways I use petroleum jelly.

What Exactly is Vaseline aka Petroleum Jelly

"Vaseline® Petroleum Jelly is a mixture of mineral oils, paraffin and microcrystalline waxes that, when blended together, create something remarkable - a smooth jelly that has a melting point just above body temperature. The result - it literally melts into skin, flowing into the spaces between cells and the gaps in our lipid barrier. Once there, it re-solidifies, locking itself in place."

The chemist, Robert Cheseborough created a gel by distilling thin oil rendered from the raw material the drillers liked to call “rod wax.” In 1870 Cheseborough opened his first factory in Brooklyn, New York, under the brand name “Vaseline” as an ointment for skin injuries.

The Miracle Moisture-Vaseline Petroleum Jelly

Vaseline - Petroleum Jelly has so many beauty treatment uses.
Vaseline - Petroleum Jelly has so many beauty treatment uses.

10 - Moisturize Lips

The Best Lip Hydrator

I am a lover of chapped stick but if you can only have one beauty product in your bag, I reach for my tube of Vaseline. It will keep your lip soft and smooth all day if you start the day by spreading some petroleum jelly over your lips. Use it alone or as an instant gloss over your lipstick.

9 - For Your Hands

Nail and Cuticle Nourishment

You could go into the drugstore and spend the big bucks and buy some fancy cuticle cream. But as a friend of mine used to say why save money when you can spend it! Personally I rather have the extra dollars in my pocket so when I want to soften my hands I reach for my ever useful little jar. For using this product on your hands you will start to notice that you have the softest cuticles and the extra bonus is that this jelly will give a boost to your nail bed making your nails stronger. All you need to to do is massage some vaseline around the cutilcles and all over the nail. Your hands will thank you and dry fraying cuticles will be a thing of the past.

8 - Soften your Heels

Dry Cracked Feet

Before you go to bed take a big dolup of petroleum jelly and massage into your heels and all around your feet. Put a pair of cotton socks on to keep the moisture in. You will wake up to the softest smoothest feet. Say goodbye to those 25 dollar foot creams for vaseline will do the trick and at barely any cost.

7 - Protect Your Hairline

Protection from Hair Dye

Ever dye your hair at home and get the color all over your forehead and ears. Here is one of my favorite beauty tips I learned when I had my hair colored at Bumble and Bumble. Next time you are ready for your hair treatment take a finger into your jar of petroleum jelly and cover your hairline and ears for a stain free beauty treatment. Think about it, you are also adding some good moisture to your skin! High priced salons like to sell this in a fancy package when all it is is really good old petroleum jelly in an expensive package.

6 - Nourishing Eye Gloss

Boost Color

For a shine that is gorgeous try using a small amount of vaseline over your eye shadow. You will be amazed at the color your bring out. Or if you dont want to doll yourself up and just want a natural look just add some to your bare eyes. Brings the whole eye out and a gorgeous natural look while nourishing the eye area at the same time.

5- Top Beauty Treatment

Vaseline For Pretty Lips

As if there were not enough incredible things one can do with Vaseline, this one is just about my favorite. You can make a lip flavored lip gloss in just about any flavor you like. Girls of all ages love to make this and it is so easy to do. For the easy homemade lip gloss for girls you just need a little time and some cute pots. Its delicious and a great lip moisturizer to boot.

4 - Lift Lashes

An Eye Make-Up Boost

After your skin regiment at night try dabbing a little jelly onto your eye lashes and eye brows. The moisture in the vaseline with help to nourish therefore keeping the lashes supple and strong all day long. Mascara will even go on smoother, (It will also remove any traces of makeup and mascara your missed when you removed it in the first place!)

3- Eye Makeup Remover

Moisturizing Beauty Treatment

Use as you would any eye makeup remover. It removes makeup safely while softening your skin. And it is great at removing waterproof mascara. It takes the mascara off your eye lashes and acts as a great eye moisturizer at the same time.

2 - Tame The Flyaways

Tame Frizzy Hair

The same way that it works on your eye lashes and brows this is one great beauty product for your frizzy hair as it acts as good as any expensive hair conditioner. Split ends are its enemy and all you need to do is dad a little between your fingers to tame hair that is out of control. Say good bye to those costly hair gels, as Vaseline will do the trick and with out all that perfumy smell. Cheaper beauty treatments could never be this good. And a bad hair day will be a thing of the past.

1 - Best Use of Petroleum Jelly

Rescue Dry of Skin

Did you know that dry skin starts days before we see its physical appearance on the surface. You can stop and rescue your skin by moisturizing all over with just a little vaseline petroleum jelly. Use it generosity especially where you have dry scaly patches, like on your elbows. I use it in these places when I come out of the shower. The jelly soaks right into my skin leaving it soft and oh so smooth. Just be careful as you will be a little greasy so let in soak in before you get dressed.

Vaseline Petroleum Jelly

  • Safe
  • Soothing
  • Treats irritation
  • Prevents irritation
  • Soft

The Drugstore Classic

Vaseline Uses

There you have it,some of my most favorite beauty tips condensed in my top 10 ways that I use Vaseline everyday. There are so many other uses to take advantage of this amazing product that I could probably go on and on. But these are my favorite uses for the skin.

Of course never forget all the other amazing ways to use this drugstore must have:

  • Great for babies bottom as it helps prevent diaper rash
  • Quick and visible relief of dry skin when used regularly.
  • Helps and aids skin burns to heal and feel better
  • Wind Burn Protection from the elements

Have any ways you use petroleum jelly, We would love to hear from you how you use this miracle moisturizer.


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      Shari 5 years ago from New York, NY

      Thanks Glenn for adding that men like Vaseline too! Like you I also put it on my hands (and feet) before I go to sleep (especially in winter) and of course I put my pretty cotton gloves are to protect the sheets and keep the moisture in.

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      Glenn Stok 5 years ago from Long Island, NY

      Vaseline is not only for women. Men can find many useful purposes of it too. One of the most useful things is that when I work with my hands, doing carpentry or whatever else, my hands really get rough skin. . I put Vaseline on my hands before I go to sleep. And that helps a great deal. You have a lot of great suggestions here. Wonderful hub.

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      Shari 6 years ago from New York, NY

      Truckstop Sally - It amazing the endless uses for petroleum jelly

      randomcreative - put my on a desert island and just leave me with a nice size jar of Vaseline and I'd be fine! Probably my favorite part of it , is that it has no scent. Products with scent always make me curious as to what their true purpose is!

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      Rose Clearfield 6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I agree, wavegirl! I don't know where I would be without Vaseline. When my hands get really dry in winter, I love to use it on my knuckles and cuticles. Great suggestions here!

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      Truckstop Sally 6 years ago

      Great suggestions. I already use 8, 9, and 10 . . . thanks for the others! Like wavegirl said -- Very versatile product.

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      Shari 6 years ago from New York, NY

      If I could only take one item with me, this is the one I would choose. Vaseline is so versatile and so good for so many things!

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      IzzyM 6 years ago from UK

      This is fantastic advice for those of living on a tight budget. I never knew Vaseline had so many uses!