A great all-purpose product, Vaseline can be used in a variety of ways to save you money and it does wonders for your skin! That’s a win-win in our book. It’s a drugstore staple that’s been around for a really long time. And no wonder! It can be used on your hair, nails, skin, eyes…the list is endless. This little pot of wonder can really transform your beauty routine. If you don’t have it in your vanity kit, get it now!
1. Tame unruly flyaways
Yearning for a sleek ponytail by baby hairs and flyaways coming in the way? Vaseline to the rescue! Rub some between your palms and smooth them over your hair, especially near the crown. The result? A sleek and shiny ponytail!
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2. Hide split ends
Got an amazing haircut but those pesky split ends are getting you down? For a quick remedy, take some Vaseline between your palms, rub them together and smoothen over the split ends. This will soften them down and treat the fried ends. It will also add a healthy shine to your hair. This is a stop-gap solution till you get a haircut.
3. Fix a shattered blush
Did your favourite eyeshadow or blush shatter while travelling? There’s no reason to trash it. Just empty the remnants into a small pot or jar, and add some petroleum jelly. Stir and you now have a creamy blush/eyeshadow that can also be used as a lip tint.
4. Remove eye makeup
Waterproof makeup seems like a good idea till you have to remove it without rubbing your skin raw or yanking your eyelashes off! In case you’re already there, take a deep breath and slather some PJ onto cotton balls. Now rub the PJ onto your eyelids in a gentle motion. The lubricating power of the PJ will help the stubborn makeup and false lashes come off much easier.
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5. Protect your skin from hair colour
When colouring your hair, a little slip of the hand/brush can lead to dye getting on your forehead and around the ears, and staining the area. To prevent this, apply a line of PJ all along your hairline and ears. This blocks the colour from getting into your skin and staining it.
6. DIY exfoliating body wash
Exfoliation is great for your body as it unclog pores and removes dead skin cells, leaving your skin soft and supple. For a quick, DIY body scrub, mix some sea salts with PJ. Gently scrub it all over your body in a circular motion to slough of dead skin and reveal softer, more youthful skin.
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7. DIY lip scrub
The weather, too much makeup or lack of care can leave the sensitive skin on our lips cracked and dry. To avoid this make a homemade lip scrub, using just two ingredients. All you need is some PJ and sugar. Mix the two together and rub over your lips with your fingers. Lips scrubs are a great way to get soft kissable lips in a jiffy!
8. Soothe dry feet
Our feet tend to get dry and cracked real quick. Which is why you should give them some regular TLC with petroleum jelly. Massage some onto your feet, paying special attention to your heels. Then, pull on a pair of fuzzy socks and go to bed. Let the goodness of the PJ seep into your skin while you catch up on your beauty sleep.
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9. Get thicker lashes
Run out of mascara but still want lush, voluminous lashes? Rub some PJ between your fingertips and apply it to your lashes for a shiny finish. This not only conditions the lashes, but rumour has it, PJ even helps them grow!
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10. Get a hint of shimmer on your cheeks
Petroleum jelly can also stand in for a highlighter in a pinch. Just dab a little under your brows and along the top of your cheekbone for a natural glow from within.