Peelers unite! At one point or another, the sun lover in all of us has led us down the dreaded sunburn path. While most of us simply reach for the aloe vera gel, another far more unsuspecting aid is at hand in the form of VapoRub.
Some VapoRub hackers suggest daubing a cloth in VapoRub, wrapping the cloth around an ice pack, and leaving on a sunburn. The VapoRub can be used, too, to assist with peeling! This will help prevent uneven shades of skin irritation that occur after exposure to the sun and increase the pace at which your skin peels.
Shed your skin with this great VapoRub hack. Worth it.
Lights, Camera... Cry!
This hack has nothing to do with health but rather – should we say – persuasion! A tiny (and we need to stress here: TINY) wipe of VapoRub just underneath the eyes will cause the eyes to water, mimicking the appearance of crying.
The use of this hack is seriously open to creative license: auditioning or getting out of work early? You decide! The eyes are incredibly sensitive to VapoRub, so this should only ever be used with extreme caution. Think before you rub — how badly do you want to cry, and how badly are you willing to risk this and let your eyes burn?
Stick to the onions; this is worthless.
Add a VapoRub shower bomb for an at-home spa day truly worth remembering. Mix less than a teaspoon of salt into a blob of VapoRub, grab your favorite exfoliator brush, and give your body a good scrub. The VapoRub and salt work well as exfoliating agents.
The menthol and camphor will relax and soothe muscles, the petroleum jelly prevents healthy skin from drying out, and the salt removes stubborn, dead skin. Make sure to rinse off very well. Who said you can't have a full-body exfoliation treatment for under $10? This sometimes feels better than the real thing.
Fancy a full body spa treatment for under ten dollars? This is worth it.
Psoriasis and Eczema Relief
Psoriasis and eczema are two challenging skin conditions with very different causes. It's unpleasant, and it doesn't look good. Psoriasis is thought to be triggered as an autoimmune response, whereas eczema is a chronic skin condition. Both lead to flaky, itchy, and burning skin as hard skin cells accumulate and are difficult to shed.
Eczema and psoriasis sufferers may experience some decrease in the symptoms by using VapoRub on the problematic spots. While both conditions require thorough medical assessment, last-minute relief may be provided thanks to all the antimicrobial and analgesic properties of VapoRub. This is another great example of the people's pharmacy.
Thumbs up for instant relief. Worth it.
Fungal Toenail Foes
A medical study using VapoRub found that the ointment had a very “positive clinical effect” on combating the growth and spread of toenail fungus. Be liberal with this one; the more VapoRub over the offending critters, the better. The antiseptic properties of camphor may kill the fungal colony altogether.
It is suggested to continue clipping the toenail as usual, as this will remove the infection underneath it and allow the VapoRub to penetrate the nailbed further. If the toenail becomes discolored, do not fret; it is due to the infection, not the VapoRub. As always, seek medical advice!