We love an at-home beauty hack (really, who doesn’t?!). Especially when it involves an OG staple that all of us have hidden somewhere in the back of a cupboard — Vaseline.
It truly is a miracle worker when it comes to dry, irritated skin and chapped lips. But it turns out the all-round holy grail does much more than just hydrate and moisturise. From your lashes to your legs, Vaseline will elevate your beauty routine and has become a daily essential for beauty lovers far and wide.
Here, an expert-approved bible of hardworking Vaseline beauty hacks that will make your life easier and your skin glow.
Try skin slugging
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably come across the term “slugging”. But it’s not as gross as it sounds. Put simply, slugging is a K-beauty trend that involves smearing petroleum jelly all over your face as the last step in your nighttime routine. Vaseline is an occlusive, which means it creates a barrier on your skin so will lock in moisture and also help your regular products soak into your skin. It’s perfect for winter to keep your skin hydrated whilst you sleep.
Treat your cuticles
Save yourself the expense of a luxury cuticle oil and swipe some Vaseline over your nails instead. It will also help with your at-home manicures, allowing you to easily push back your cuticles and avoid getting polish on your skin. Simply dab a cotton bud into your jar of petroleum jelly and wipe it along the sides and base of your nail beds. Allow it to soak in for a few minutes before gently pushing your cuticles back, then apply your polish.
DIY lash lift
The latest and (arguably) greatest Vaseline beauty hack we’ve come across is the instant lash lift. Yep, you can now replicate the results of a salon treatment with a jar of Vaseline, an eyelash curler and a spoolie. Start by smearing the rubber part of your lash curler then clamp your lashes as if you were simply curling them. Keep your curler in place while you grab a spoolie and gently brush your lashes upward to separate and lengthen. Remove your curler and voila! Voluminous, lifted lashes without any expensive treatments or mascara!
Repair dry, cracked heels
Foot care is often a last thought (if at all) for some of us. So chances are your feet are in desperate need of some TLC — especially during winter. Just like you might treat your face, you can try slugging your feet too to keep them feeling silky soft. Slather your heels and feet in Vaseline before bed then pop some thick socks on to lock in hydration and prevent any mess. Your feet will thank you in the morning.
Add a dewy highlight
Want to know the secret to Kim Kardashian’s picture-perfect highlight? Vaseline. Yep, you read that right! Her go-to makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic swears by the product for dewy cheeks, eyelids and lips. Kelly Rowland also covets Vaseline as an alternative to eye cream. “I do put it on underneath my eyes and it works like a charm,” Kelly told Into The Gloss.
Give your legs a glow-up
Channel your JLo glow with a light coat of Vaseline on your legs. You can also mix it with your favourite liquid bronzer for a year-round summer glow. It’ll also hydrate your skin so you can say goodbye to dry, flaky legs — just be sure to exfoliate beforehand so your skin can really soak all the goodness in.
Make your fragrance last longer
If you find that you have trouble getting your perfume to last throughout the day, dabbing some good old Vaseline onto your pulse points before spritzing is a great way to help boost the life of your fragrance. This trick works best for deeper notes like sandalwood and patchouli, but according to TikTok it will boost the lighter notes of floral fragrances too.
Main image credit: @kellyrowland
Have you tried any of these Vaseline beauty hacks? Which one is your favourite?