Chapstick is cheap and available to purchase just about anywhere. I’m sure you have used chapstick countless times for chapped lips, but did you know there are loads of other uses for chapstick? We have compiled a list of alternate uses for you. How many of these uses for chapstick have you tried:
1. Soothe Dry, Cracked Hands
My husband works with his hands and sometimes (especially in the winter) his hands get very dry. So dry, in fact, that he will get splits on the tips of his fingers. If your skin has ever been so dry as to cause cracks like this, you know they are painful. Next time you (or someone you know) has dry, cracked skin, try rubbing some chapstick on it. Do this at night right before bed and sleep with it on. You will notice a significant difference in the morning.
2. Stop Bleeding
The next time you nick yourself shaving or get a paper cut (or other small cut), try spreading a little chapstick on it. This will soothe the skin as well as stop the bleeding. Only try this on small nicks and cuts.
3. Prevent Chapped Skin
Chapstick works great to heal dry lips, but you can also use it to prevent dry skin. If you are in extreme weather conditions (perhaps you’re planning a ski trip), try applying some chapstick to exposed areas of skin. This will help ward off that windburn before it sets in.
4. Unstick that Zipper
If you have a zipper that just doesn’t feel like zipping anymore, try lubing it with a little chapstick. You don’t need to overdo it, just put a bit of chapstick on the teeth and pull the zipper up and down until it zips/unzips more freely.
5. Tame Those Brows
This is one of the uses for chapstick that I tried recently and I was pleasantly surprised. The next time you are getting ready and you notice your eyebrows need to be put in their place, try using a little chapstick. Just dab a little on your fingers and smooth over your brows. The wax in the chapstick will help those brows keep their shape (chapstick is WAY cheaper than eyebrow wax and works great)!
6. Loosen a Ring
The next time you have a ring stuck on your finger, try using a little chapstick on your finger. You can also use baby oil or vaseline (though I always have chapstick on me – not kidding).
7. Prevent Hair Dye Stains
I have been dying my own hair recently and it works just fine, but I can’t stand having wild hair stains on my forehead! I try to clean it up right away, but I inevitably have unsightly stains that I have to stare at for a few days. The last time I dyed my hair, I wiped some chapstick on my skin, just below my hair line. This worked great at keeping the dye from staining my skin. Yah!
8. Slide Drawers Smoothly
If you have dresser or desk drawers that don’t slide as smoothly as they used to, try rubbing the tracks with some chapstick. Rub a little on the tracks and the open and close the drawers a few times. This should help make the drawer easier to open and close.
9. Tame Fly-Aways
Forego the expensive hair wax and use chapstick to tame your fly-aways. Rub a very small amount of chapstick on your finger tips and gently rub over wild hairs. Be careful not to use too much as it can cause your hair to look greasy. Just a little dab will do it.
10. Make Your Own Make Up
This is one of the uses for chapstick I have not yet tried, but I am really excited to try it – make your own cream eyeshadow. Mix together chapstick with your favorite eye shadow (this works great with the last remaining but of eye shadow in the container that seems useless otherwise). Start with a small amount of chapstick and continue to add in a little at a time until you like the consistency. Not only will this look great while you wear it, it will also make your eye shadow last even longer.
11. Ease Outdoor Lightbulb Removal
Sometimes changing lightbulbs outside can be tricky. The elements may do a number on the bulbs, making them difficult to unscrew. The last thing you need is the lightbulb breaking off in your hand when you’re trying to change it out. Next time you’re getting ready to put in a new lightbulb, coat the threads with a little chapstick. This will make removal next time very easy.
12. Last Minute Shoe Shine
If you are rushing around and just notice that your shoes need a little help in the shine department, break out the chapstick. Rub some chapstick on your shoe and then buff out with a soft dry cloth. You will be impressed with the shine left behind.
13. Pamper Your Fingers
I can’t remember the last time I had a manicure, but boy do I need it! If your fingers need a little pampering too, start with moisturizing those cuticles – with chapstick, of course. The chapstick will leave your cuticles soft and pliable, making your hands look healthier and reducing the chance of those unsightly hangnails.
What other uses for chapstick have you tried? The next time your able to grab some chapstick for cheap or free, why not grab a few. You never know when you might need it for something other than your chapped lips.
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