What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of ‘vaseline’ ? No, not that! Apparently, there are so many unique uses for vaseline, other than treating dry skin,  – that is what you were thinking of, right? – that could come in handy on a daily basis.

Vaseline has turned out to be  favorite beauty secret among celebrities From Jennifer Lopez who uses it as a makeup remover to Beyonce who coats her eyelashes with it, there are new beauty enhancing ways to use this petroleum based product that you never thought of before. Here are some of them:

ADD SOME SHINE TO YOUR SKIN

‘If you want a really wonderful glowing look, it’s the perfect product, as it will pick up the light where you want it to. It gives just the right amount of shine and creates a glowing, gorgeous, nude effect,’ says Hollywood makeup artist Mary Greenwell, whose clientele includes Uma Thurman and Cate Blanchett.

LASTING MANICURE/SMOOTH CUTICLES

[quote_box_right]“How do models pop up looking perfectly dewy and fresh-faced on the runways – coming off of no sleep and back-to-back shows? They get a little help from bargain drugstore products, like good old Vaseline.” – Angelique Serrano[/quote_box_right]

Smooth, elegant cuticles are a must for a flawless manicure and strong, healthy nails. Once a week, apply some vaseline directly on the nail bed and rub it in gently. Make it part of your nail beauty regime for great looking and soft cuticles.

If your nail polish has lost its shine, freshen up by applying a coat of vaseline on each nail and your manicure will be looking fancy and slick again in a flash. (MailOnline)

FOR TAMED EYEBROWS

Try this: use an old toothbrush to comb through your brows followed by a thin layer of vaseline to keep wild hairs at bay.

FOR EXTRA THICK EYELASHES

Want to adopt Beyonce’s intense eyelashes? Apply a bit of vaseline to your lashes on top of  a thick coat of mascara. The results are amaze you.

Another interesting tip for naturally growing your eyelashes is to run a bit of Vaseline on your fingers and apply it to your lashes every night before bed. It will only take a few weeks before you see noticeable changes.

NO MORE FRIZZ OR FUZZ

Vaseline can work miracles on hair, for an either more tamed or a sleeker look. ‘For pesky fly-aways after blow-drying or straightening, warm a little vaseline in between fingers and smooth over the hair’, says top hairdresser Lee Stafford.

For damaged, burned-out hair in need of moisture apply the same trick on split ends.

FOR A FLAWLESS PARTY LOOK

You can combine a touch of vaseline with any eyeshadow colour you prefer and spice up your evening ‘eye look’. Apply your eyeshadow as usual and then add a bit of vaseline on the top of your eyelid and the shadow. Blend is outwards so a smoky more subtle blended in effect is created. Alternatively, you can mix some vaseline with your eye shadow powder before you apply it – that way creating a cream-based product for more lasting colour results.

TREAT PSORIASIS AND ECZEMA

Dry skin conditions, including eczema and even psoriasis, benefit from this added moisturisation too, but also from the fact that a vaseline barrier reduces the penetration of irritants. “Eczema is probably caused by allergy-causing molecules getting into the skin,” says Prof Hawk. “Any occlusive moisturizers would help to prevent this, but vaseline is more bland than most, there are no perfumes or colourants, so it is less likely to cause irritation.” (The Telegraph)

HAIR REMOVAL

By applying a thin layer of vaseline on your razor blades, you will prevent extra moisture from the shower adding build up and rust. If you wax instead, apply a generous layer of vaseline to your skin after the waxing for a nice ccoling effect.

STOP THE BLEEDING

Dr Jean-Louis Sebagh believes the true wonder of vaseline still lies with this original discovery. ‘It can be a temporary “healing plaster” after minor burns or abrasions injuries,’ he says. ‘Air does not pass through it, so it’s useful to seal wounds and help stop infections reaching the damaged area.’

Dr Sebagh also believes that Vaseline acts in a therapeutic way for the aftercare of a cosmetic surgery especially laser peels. (MailOnline)

HOW DOES VASELINE WORK?
The word petroleum might seem scary for some, but it’s truly one of the most multitasking items you can own. From face to feet, the jelly has many uses, especially in a chilly climate. “It’s a great product for chapped lips, dry elbows, hands, heels, and other tougher body parts,” notes New York City-based dermatologist Jessica Krant, M.D.

Some women swear by the substance on their face. But does the heavy wax clog your skin? “It’s too heavy and high in viscosity to penetrate and clog pores,” says cosmetic chemist Nick Morante. “Petroleum has a high molecular weight which creates an impenetrable film on the skin—keeping environmental junk out and moisture in,” he adds.

While it doesn’t moisturize the skin, it keeps it hydrated. “The jelly traps the moisture in the upper layers of the skin surface and prevents it from evaporating,” explains Dr. Krant. “It also makes dry wrinkles plump up and appear smoother.”

Because of vaseline’s ability to retain moisture, it’s widely used in skin care across the market. It’s important to note that the jelly isn’t synonymous with mineral oil, which is a transparent liquid byproduct of the petroleum as it’s converted into gasoline. (Beautylish)

Do you have any other tips and beauty advice on how and where else to use Vaseline? We are looking forward to your comments.

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