Vaseline costs about three pounds and has a nearly infinite number of uses. From the basic—use it to prevent and soothe chapped skin during harsh winter weather—to the more bizarre—some people apply Vaseline (£2) to the inside of light bulb sockets and glue bottles to prevent sticking—good old-fashioned petroleum jelly is one multitasking beauty product that doesn’t limit itself to the realm of beauty.
Keep reading to find out 14 more unexpected uses for this longtime bathroom cabinet staple.
Moisturised skin holds scent better, so rub some Vaseline on your pulse points before you spritz to make your fragrance last longer.
Use Vaseline to tame frizz and seal dry split ends and even to keep unruly eyebrows in place.
Swap your highlighter for Vaseline. Just dab a small amount on the high points of your face for a dewy, naturally luminous glow.
With a damp washcloth, Vaseline can be used to lift makeup stains from your clothes as well as pillows, blankets and sheets.
Apply Vaseline to your cuticles before polishing your nails to keep colour off of the skin around your nails. You’ll get a perfect manicure—minus the clean-up.
Smooth Vaseline over cracked heels or dry elbows, slip on a pair of socks, go to sleep and wake up to healthy, hydrated skin.
Turn any of your favourite loose pigments into cream eye shadow or blush by mixing them with Vaseline. You can also make a tinted lip balm this way.
If you’re embracing the no-makeup look, trade in your mascara for Vaseline. Smooth it over your lashes for a fuller set of dark, glossy eyelashes. Bonus tip: Vaseline also makes a great lash conditioner.
Scuffed shoes? Buff a little Vaseline onto boots, shoes, bags and any other leather goods that need polishing.
Use a small amount of Vaseline on dry spots before applying fake tan. It will act as a barrier, preventing streaks and stains in areas it would otherwise cling to. Apply it around the hairline before applying at-home colour to prevent hair dye stains too.
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 any eyelash glue that your falsies leave behind.
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 also takes off stuck-on rings.
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 moisturising benefits.
Finally, if 2017 is anything to go by, eye gloss is still going to be huge this year. So why not use your trusted pot of Vaseline? Simple dap a bit on your finger and pat over your eye for a dewy lid look.