Vaseline Under Eyes: Does Vaseline Help with Eye Bags?

Have you ever run out of eye cream? It’s panic-inducing, we know. Well, fear not, because Vaseline under eyes is truly a great alternative to expensive eye creams! This article will dive deep into how Vaseline can help reduce and prevent eye wrinkles, bags, and dry skin. 

Vaseline under eyes

Dry skin around the eyelids can be common during the winter months. The cold air dries the skin out, but it doesn’t have to be cold outside for flakiness to appear around the eyes.

Dry skin under the eyes can affect anyone, at any time – although those with skin conditions like eczema are more likely to suffer.

As the skin under the eyes and on the eyelids is thinner than on some parts of the body, such as on the soles of the feet, it is less able to retain moisture, leaving it vulnerable to drying out.

What is Vaseline?

Vaseline is made of 100 percent purified white petrolatum. It’s been a dry skin staple in many American homes since its discovery in 1859.

Vaseline is a brand name that’s become fairly synonymous with petroleum jelly, but there are other brands of this product you can buy, too. Some of them may have added ingredients, such as water or fragrance.

The main ingredient in Vaseline is petroleum, which scares some people because they’re familiar with petroleum byproducts, such as gasoline and kerosene.

Like these products, Vaseline has a filmy and slick consistency. Unlike those products, though, it’s safe to use on your skin. Many people even praise the product as being the perfect facial moisturizer.

Vaseline is a Protectant

Vaseline (the brand name) is petroleum jelly, developed as a safe protectant for skin. You can buy generic petroleum jelly products for even cheaper than the Vaseline brand.

How to Use Vaseline Under Your Eyes

1. After cleansing, apply your normal facial moisturizer

2. Using your ring finger (which is unable to apply too much pressure) take a small amount of Vaseline and smear it gently under your eyes, concentrating on the area just above the orbital bone where fine lines tend to develop

3. For best results, apply using gentle pressure inwards – towards your nose. This works because it is going against the “natural” direction of wrinkles, helping to smooth them out and prevent more from forming by stretching in the opposite direction

4. Keep doing this gentle movement for several seconds. This will help soften skin and relax the area. This is important: tension in the under-eye area is often what causes fine lines and wrinkles here in the first place

5. You can do this morning and night.

Benefits of Using Vaseline Under the Eyes

Benefits of vaseline

1. A Day Time Anti-Wrinkle Primer

If you follow the above directions in the morning, perhaps with a lighter amount of product, you effectively have a wonderful makeup primer.

The Vaseline will soften and hydrate dry skin, allowing your concealer and/or foundation to glide on and not cake in wrinkles.

Remember, Vaseline is designed as a skin protectant, so using it as a primer helps keep your makeup smooth as the petroleum jelly prevents moisture loss.

Also dab a small amount on top of your makeup for extra protection and that healthy skin “glow”.

2. A Heavy Night Eye Mask

Vaseline is a perfect night mask. Ever wake up looking like you aged 10yrs thanks to “sleep wrinkles”? Yes, us too.

Apply a generous amount to under eyes, concentrating on the relaxing massage moves to really relieve tension. You might be surprised at the difference in the morning! The Vaseline will help prevent moisture loss and soften your skin overnight.

3. Use it for a Relaxing Night Time Massage

The benefits of gently massaging your face before bed is immense. It is highly relaxing and soothing, and will help you sleep.

Try to become aware of how much tension you actually hold in this area, and you will see how beneficial it is to ease this tension away with some simple movements.

Simply apply some Vaseline and gently stroke under the eyes. Use small circles too. You can apply some more pressure right on the orbital bone and “drain” towards the temple. Feel the difference!

You might be surprised at how well you sleep and how this quick routine prevents sleep wrinkles.

3. Use Vaseline Over Your Normal Eye Cream

Vaseline is great as a “sealing” layer on your skin. Apply some on top of a treatment serum or your usual eye cream, especially if these contain active ingredients like retinol or vitamin c.

The Vaseline will allow these products to stay on the skin and penetrate deeper, and also help relieve the dryness that can sometimes be a side effect of retinol.

4. Can I Use Vaseline as an Eye Makeup Remover?

Yes! With one caveat–it is thick and can be difficult to remove. So here is the best way to use it to remove eye makeup:


1. Wet your eyes before using, water and Vaseline don’t like each other (or more accurately, they repel each other and simply won’t mix)

2. Apply a small amount to closed eyelid and gently massage along the lash line. You will start to look like a panda bear as the makeup beings to soften and lift from the skin

3. Massage for several seconds, then remove with a small amount of normal eye makeup remover on a cotton pad

4. Yes, unfortunately you will need some sort of remover that can lift off the oil. However – by using Vaseline first you are limiting the amount of drying product you need, ultimately keeping your eye area more hydrated and happy.

5. Some people remove the Vaseline with a dry tissue or cotton pad – this is fine to do but you may find it uncomfortable.

Another (Good) Option: Remove your makeup as usual with your chosen product. Then use Vaseline to remove any residue. A small amount on a cotton bud (Q Tip) is perfect for removing that last remaining makeup (and is moisturizing at the same time).

Plus, this is a great way to soothe the area after using makeup remover. And it’s a super-easy way to remove lipstick!

Does Vaseline Help with Bags?

There is no magic ingredient in Vaseline (or any product really) that will help cure bags. BUT, if you pat on and massage it into the eye area regularly it can help improve them.

By using strokes that go out towards your ears (opposite of above for wrinkles, which is towards the nose) you can help “drain” any fluid to the lymph nodes, reducing the appearance of bags.

Also, because Vaseline will help soften the skin, any concealer or foundation you use to cover bags or dark circles can go on easier. Just be sure to really blend the makeup into the skin.

Bonus other uses: It can help heal dry patches on your body like the elbows, heels, lips, anywhere! Massage it into your cuticles. And applying a small amount to your lashes and brows is a great beauty tip—it keeps them healthy and shiny.

Final Say

Vaseline is an occlusive moisturizer that can be used effectively on dry skin. It isn’t right for everyone, though. If you have oily or acne-prone skin, don’t use Vaseline or petroleum jelly on your face.

Vaseline may be best used at night, when you’re not planning on applying makeup, such as mascara, to your eyelashes.

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