Vaseline for eyelash growth - does it work? | LashLuxury
Vaseline, owned by British company Unilever, is a fantastic brand. The Vaseline brand encompasses a number of petroleum jelly-based consumer products. In fact, Vaseline is nearly synonymous with petroleum jelly in some countries.
While it has many great uses, is Vaseline a helpful product to grow your eyelashes?
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Most people associate Vaseline with their original Healing Jelly product. Vaseline is used to moisturize your skin, as well as protect minor cuts and help heal dry or damaged skin.
Vaseline is made with 100% pure petroleum jelly. It is triple-purified and does not contain any additives. Many people use vaseline on their lips to help heal cracked and dried skin.
Our eyelashes follow a specific growth pattern which is similar to the growth pattern of the hair on our head. Here are the three phases of the eyelash growth cycle:
- Anagen (active phase)
- Catagen (transition phase)
- Telogen (resting phase)
The health of your eyelash, along with your genetics, plays a major role in the length of your eyelashes. To make sure your eyelashes have a chance to grow as long as possible you should maintain good health practices. Staying hydrated, staying stress free and making sure to eat well and take your vitamins will help.
While there are some products that claim to “create” eyelash growth, many use hormone based ingredients that are not natural. These products often have side effects including itchy, dry eyes, redness and irritation.
Vaseline for eyelash growth
Since Vaseline is made purely of petroleum jelly, and petroleum jelly does not aid in eyelash growth, it is safe to say that Vaseline itself does not help your eyelashes grow.
The benefits of vaseline on your eyelashes are limited to:
- Locking in moisture
- Gentle on skin
- Coats your eyelashes
- Simple to use
While Vaseline will coat your eyelashes and perhaps make them appear fuller, it cannot stimulate hair growth. Petroleum jelly is made of very large molecules and cannot penetrate your skin or eyelashes to deliver nutrients.
If you are planning to use vaseline on your eyelashes, do it at night. Don’t use Vaseline if you plan to put on mascara afterwards.
Despite being an amazing product to help lock in moisture and heal dry skin, Vaseline is not the ideal product to help grow your lashes. It is perfectly safe to apply to your eyelashes in small quantities but make sure to do so when you are not planning on wearing other eye makeup.
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If you are interested in learning more about products that can help grow your eyelashes, check out the LashLuxury Guide To Eyelash Serums