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Vaseline Winter Skincare Challenge + Giveaway

By | body | 16 Comments

Baby, it’s cold outside! The news reported that there is a 42-state wide flu epidemic and I, unfortunately, am one of the unlucky victims of the sniffles. Sigh. My skin – and my sinus’ – just can’t seem to catch a break! Combine the brisk climate outdoors with dry, processed indoor heat and your skin is virtually a dehydrated disaster. At least mine is — or was, until I started slathering my body with Vaseline Intensive Rescue Repairing Lotion religiously.

As I wrote in a previous post, I teamed up with Vaseline and their Intensive Rescue Repairing Lotion for a winter skincare challenge. Despite the plummeting temps, Vaseline asked me to use their lotion and then take to the ice skating rink for an afternoon of fun and, ultimately, exercise (a New Year’s resolution of mine). While my calves, thighs and butt were feeling the heat (at one point I fell into a beautifully poised splits position!), my hands and feet were feeling the chill. Thanks to my constant use of the Vaseline Intensive Rescue Repairing Lotion, however, I left the rink with my skin in-tact. No scales, no additional dry spells, just soft, smooth and moisturized skin. And yes, I skate with red lips!

But then I got home – my heat blasting – and my sinus’ started dripping again. TMI? Possibly, but I’m sure you’ve been slapped with a cold before too. While a decongestant came to the rescue of the mucus, my skin began to dry up like a prune again. So I turned to my trusted Vaseline Intensive Rescue Lotion and applied on hands, chest, stomach, legs and feet and within minutes I was completely hydrated, and my skin did not feel the least bit sticky or greasy. I now sleep with this stuff by my bed. It’s affordable and it works, through wind, ice, and a few space heaters. Next on my shopping list – a humidifier!

Now it’s time for you to experience a winter without dehydration…


TO ENTER: Leave a comment below sharing your favorite winter activities and then tweet to this post with the hashtag #vaseline. 5 winners will be chosen at random and will receive a 10 oz. bottle of Vaseline Intensive Rescue Repairing Moisture Lotion and a 7.5 oz. jar of Vaseline Petroleum Jelly. You must be 18 years of age to participate. Contest closes at 12am PST on January 23, 2013.


*photos by Frankie Inglese

Vaseline’s Winter Skin Challenge + How To Keep Moisture In

By | skin | 8 Comments

It’s cold outside, hot inside. The changing temps are only further cause for dry, cracked and unhappy skin. I feel like I spend 90 percent of the day slathering on moisturizer and lip balm…. it’s like my skin can’t seem to get enough hydration! Are you experiencing the same issues?

Here are a few of my personal tips for keeping hydrated during winter’s brisk weather:

1. Drink lots of water – hydrating from the inside out really does help. Not a fan of water? Try herbal teas.

2. Don’t use harsh soaps (or anything with sulfates!) – During these drying months, try a soap-free body cleanser. It’s also important to remember to exfoliate your skin at least twice a week. Use a sugar scrub as opposed to salt – brown sugar is a natural humectant that will lock in moisture, salt will dry you out even more. Here’s a great DIY body scrub.

3. Moisturize directly after showering. Enter Vaseline Intensive Rescue Repairing Moisture Lotion,  a body lotion from one of my staple brands. While I use Vaseline Petroleum Jelly for just about everything from chapped lips to unruly eyebrows, the body lotion promises to relieve dry skin after just 1 use and help heal dry skin within 3 days – without feeling greasy or sticky! Is this a challenge? I think so.

4. Moisturize again before sleep. I like to put lotion on my hands and feet… and then sleep in socks to let the moisture penetrate. The Vaseline Intensive Rescue Repairing Moisture Lotion in Fragrance-free is my jam, but you can also try the Soothing Moisture Lotion with Chamomile which helps to calm and relieve itchy dry skin.

5. Hot showers feel great, but tepid water will help to control moisture loss. Remember to give yourself a cool rinse to bind hydration.

Vaseline and Beauty Banter have teamed up to give away a winter hydrating package of Vaseline goodies! Details to come… And remember to check back after the New Year for a Vaseline Challenge. Here’s a hint: Me, skates, ice, freezing, and Vaseline!


By | skin | 8 Comments

Vaseline is a fabulous multi-purpose product for skin and beauty. Sarah recently wrote about how versatile it is and I agree. But I try to stay away from mineral oils and petrochemicals and well, petroleum jelly is exactly what is says it is. What’s a girl to do? Fortunately, Avalon Organics has created a greener version of the classic standby with Alba Un-Petroleum Jelly.

Instead of a crude oil, Un-Petroleum Jelly uses castor and coconut oil, along with beeswax and vitamin E to create a moisturizing, soothing and non-comedogenic alternative. Traditional petroleum jellies don’t absorb into the skin they simply coat it. So your skin can’t breathe and pores get clogged. Not good. Plus, the petrochemical factor is hardly eco-friendly. The health concerns are still debatable but the European Union has banned them from most cosmetics.

Un-Petroleum Jelly does the work of its predecessor to sooth rough or chapped skin. I always apply it before self-tanner to elbows, ankles, and heels to keep color even. It’s great for removing heavy eye makeup, and to moisturize lips. The older petro-bases can actually dry lips over time because they protect the skin but don’t actually hydrate. Un-Petroleum has now released a trio of lip balms in vanilla, cherry and tangerine. Made with jojoba and olive oil, they’re SPF 18 and free of artificial color, parabens and phalates.

A few words from the company:

“We founded Avalon Natural Products in 1989 on the principles of quality, innovation, integrity, and leadership. As such, we offer a unique collection of quality personal care products for caring consumers seeking natural, organic and cruelty-free ingredient alternatives. All of our products are 100% vegetarian and are never tested on animals.”

So, say goodbye to that old jar and pick up a tube of Un-Petroleum Jelly at Whole Foods, Wild Oats or online at here and here. xo alex.

5 Unconventional Uses for Vaseline

By | how to | 24 Comments

Vaseline is a beauty staple. Every makeup kit (and every bathroom) should have a jar/ tube/ tube of Vaseline (a.k.a. petroleum jelly). It comes in all shapes and sizes and sells for anywhere from $2.00 (for the tub to the left) to about $8.00 (depending on size).

Obviously, conventional use of Vaseline is to cure chapped lips… and we love it for its ability to moisturize and soothe a dry pout. But Vaseline is SO MUCH MORE then merely an effective lip balm.

Here’s 5 other amazing uses for Vaseline:

1 – If you’re an avid reader of this blog then you’ll know that we also use Vaseline as a non-irritating and soothing eye makeup remover. A little dollop on a shut eye, a quick wipe with a cotton pad, and even the most irritating mascara comes right off (without ripping the lashes off too!).

2 – Every night before bed, I rub a pea-size amount of Vaseline on my eye brows. It’s the perfect emollient to help moisturize and course brows AND it also molds them into place without the harsh effects of hair spray or gel. My brows have a tendency to grow down and thus I use Vaseline to train them to grow up! I’ve been doing this for years… and it works!

3 – Vaseline is also great for shaving sensitive and “intimate” areas. I don’t like to use it on my entire leg (as it gets a tad greasy) but for the bikini area and underarms, it’s pretty phenomenal. Coat the area with a light layer (make sure not to use too much as it will plug up your razor) of Vaseline – DON’T USE WATER – and shave. It’s as easy as that. The shaved area is so soft, SO smooth and totally moisturized! It’s a genius shave.

4 – One of my favorite things about Vaseline is that it is an incredible base for lip glosses, cream shadows and highlighters. This trick is like being a chemist, but it’s so much fun. To create your own, personalized colors (or to use the excess of last seasons colors), mix Vaseline and any other lip stick or eye shadow in a bowl (you can use both shadow and lip stick). For a lippy, use more Vaseline. For a cream shadow and/ or highlighter, mix a little bit of Vaseline with your favorite shimmery shadow. And then apply to eyes, brow bone and cheek bone for a glowing, luminous look!
**extra beauty secret** if you’re feeling (and looking) a little tired, you can use a very thin layer of Vaseline on the brow bone and the cheek bone (by itself, sans color) to make your eyes appear hydrated. They’ll literally “pop” without the need for a cat nap or some heavy duty concealer. I do this during the day if I’m in my car going from meeting to meeting. By the end of the afternoon, I’m exhausted and my eyes show the signs of fatigue. But with a little extra glow from the Vaseline, I automatically look rejuvenated!

5 – Vaseline is the greatest hand and feet moisturizer EVER! I use it when my paws and claws are extremely chapped. Coat your hands and feet with a decent amount of Vaseline, then apply socks and mittens (or you can do sock for the hands as well) to both the feet and hands and let them hibernate for 10 -15 minutes (enough time for the petroleum jelly to soak into the skin). The socks trap the moisture and combine it with heat to allow for full penetration (not sexual, you dirty minds!). The result – freshly hydrated and smooth hands and feet! It’s like your very own at-home paraffin treatment!

Do YOU have an unconventional use for Vaseline? Let us know! Share it in the comment box below!

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