Vaseline is a versatile, natural product which should be an integral part of your daily beauty and skin health practices. If it isn't already, it should be now!
Here we will outline its many applications as a treatment for facial skin problems as well as its uses as part of your skincare routine to make your skin soft and supple and improve its health so that you have glowing skin.
First, we will look at its uses for a treatment to optimize skin health and appearance and then outline the uses of vaseline as a beauty treatment for glowing skin.
1. Wrinkle Treatment
Applying vaseline to your skin when it is damp to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. (1) This works well because vaseline traps moisture to make your skin more hydrated and fills out the wrinkles, making them less visible It also improves the elasticity of the skin, in the same way, making it smooth, soft and supple.
Wrinkles will be smoother and the added bonus is that it protects your skin from the elements as well as hydrating it for optimum health of your skin.
2. Spot and Acne Treatment
Vaseline is a good treatment for acne in a number of ways. (2) It helps the skin recover from an acne breakout. It protects facial health by forming a barrier to prevent more bacteria from causing further acne and its moisturizing properties allows faster regeneration of skin whereby dead skin cells are removed and replaced by new skin on your face.
3. Eczema and Rash Treatment
While vaseline does not cure eczema it can be extremely helpful for managing the symptoms because of its protective, soothing and repairing benefits.(3) This is because it is free from fragrance and a very pure product and it is also hypoallergenic. It can be used on problem skin areas of your face as a preventative measure and in tandem with other eczema and rash treatments.
4. Dry Skin Treatment
Because of its excellent properties for sealing moisture in the skin, it is an excellent choice if you have dry skin on your face to make it more soft and supple. (4) Another reason why it is a good idea to use vaseline as a facial treatment for glowing skin instead of dry skin is that it is very unlikely to cause an allergic reaction. Its hydration benefits are also improved because it is so inexpensive that you can apply it liberally to achieve the best skincare results.
5. Blackhead Removal Treatment
This gentle treatment to remove blackheads can be done using a small square of plastic, vaseline, and two washcloths (5). After having a shower, simply apply vaseline liberally to the facial skin area that has blackheads.
Cover with the plastic and apply hot, wet washcloths on top of this to open the pores. When you remove the plastic and cloths, the blackheads can be removed easily with gentle pressure. This is best done as a bedtime ritual to avoid any dust and debris from outdoors during the day reclogging the pores.
Having considered how vaseline can be used as a treatment for problem skin conditions above, some of the many uses it has for facial skincare and as a beauty product will now be outlined.
6. Eye Makeup Remover
We all know how difficult it is to remove eye makeup at the end of the day or after a night out, especially mascara.(6) Vaseline glides over the eyes gently without having to rub hard at the makeup or eyeshadow. As well as this, you also have the hydration benefits for the skin around the eye area in the process. The other advantage is that because it is so pure and also fragrance-free it will not sting or irritate your eyes like some other products for this purpose.
7. Mascara Remover
As well as removing mascara, it is possible to use vaseline as a mascara alternative.(7) Using a clean mascara wand or a Q-tip, simply load it with vaseline and use it on your eyelashes in the same way as you would use mascara. Be careful not to get the vaseline in your eyes while you are doing this. Mascara can dry the eyelashes out, unlike vaseline which hydrates and strengthens them so it is a much better alternative to achieve full, healthy eyelashes that look longer.
8. Lip Protectant
Vaseline is also excellent for both preventing chapped lips and treating this condition. (8) It protects the lips from the elements by proving a protective, sealed barrier as well as facilitating hydration from the inside by reducing the escape of moisture from the lips. The blend of paraffin, mineral oils and waxes in vaseline penetrates the lips for optimum strength, protection, and repair from the adverse effects of the elements. You can also exfoliate chapped lips by making a mixture of vaseline and sugar and rubbing it gently into the lip area. This will remove dead skin cells and leave you lips and the skin around them glowing with health.
9. Eyebrow Treatment
If you want thicker, fuller eyebrows, vaseline could be the answer. (9) After cleaning your face as part of your bedtime routine, apply vaseline to your eyebrows in the direction of the growth and leave it there overnight. The following morning it can be removed gently with tepid water. Repeating this every night will soon give you fuller eyebrows that are shiny and healthy. An alternative to doing this is to mix the vaseline in equal parts with olive oil (which is also great for eyebrows)and follow the same routine.
10. Cheekbone Highlighter
Vaseline is a great product for highlighting the cheekbones so if you have great bone structure in your face, show it off with a dab of vaseline to finish off when you are applying makeup.(10) It will give your face a glowing appearance of health and beauty while hydrating and protecting from the elements at the same time. It can also be used on your brow bone in the same way.
11. Natural Face Masque
Here is a recipe for a great vaseline face mask that you can easily try out at home.(11) Take 30g of persimmon leaves and dry them in sunlight. Then grind them to a powder and add them to 30g Vaseline. When you have mixed them thoroughly together, apply them daily to your face for 10-15 days by which time you will see a great improvement in age spots and other skin blemishes. This is a very good idea for the health of your facial skin, making it soft, smooth and supple.
Persimmon leaves are very beneficial for skin health because they contain many vitamins, amino acids as well as promoting blood circulation and acting as an anti-inflammatory agent.
We can summarize the many excellent properties of vaseline for optimizing facial skin health as follows:
• Locks in moisture making the skin more hydrated
• Provides a protective barrier against the effects of the elements
• Doesn't cause an allergic reaction when pure, natural and fragrance-free
• Very inexpensive
• Promotes skin health
• Enhances skin repair
• Gentle and non-toxic
Having read eleven of the many uses of vaseline above, surely it is time that you included it as an element of your daily skincare and beauty routine for soft, smooth, supple facial skin, and for improving skin health in general. You'll be glad you did!