Aquaphor is often highly praised as a budget-friendly skincare product but is Aquaphor good for eyelashes? Here is a quick guide to what you need to know.
Aquaphor is good for eyelashes. It protects and moisturizes them and so helps to protect them from damage. Aquaphor will not actually make your eyelashes grow quicker or longer. It can, however, reduce, or even eliminate, eyelashes being lost unnecessarily.
What Is Aquaphor?
Aquaphor is a soothing and healing ointment produced by Beiersdorf Inc.
In some countries, it is known as Eucarin Aquaphor.
Aquaphor is widely used as a skincare product. It can also be used on the eyebrows and eyelashes.
Aquaphor’s main ingredients are Paraffinum Liquidum, Cera Microcristallina, Ceresin, Lanolin Alcohol, Panthenol, Glycerin, and Bisabolol.
Benefits of Aquaphor
Most of the benefits of Aquaphor relate to its uses on the skin. Many of these, however, can also apply to the eyelashes and eyebrows too.
- Locks in moisture
- Reduces the chances of eyebrows becoming damaged
- Makes eyelashes look healthier, fuller, and glossier
- Can boost the benefits of other products (e.g. eyelash conditioner)
- Can replace clear mascara for a natural look
3 Reasons Aquaphor Is Good For Eyelashes
Here are the three main reasons Aquaphor is good for eyelashes.
1. Locks In Moisture
Aquaphor is not a moisturizer itself.
It does, however, seal in any moisture that’s already on your eyelashes. This protects them from the drying effects of the weather and heating/air conditioning.
2. Helps To Prevent Breakage
Dry hair is more brittle than well-moisturized hair.
By helping your eyelashes to hold their moisture, Aquaphor helps to prevent them from breaking.
3. Makes Eyelashes Look Healthier And Glossier
Keeping eyelashes moist helps to make them look healthier and glossier.
Furthermore, Aquaphor adds a light, clear film to your eyelashes. This adds extra gloss.
Can Aquaphor Help Grow Eyelashes?
Aquaphor will not help grow eyelashes. It protects eyelashes and hence reduces or eliminates unnecessary eyelash loss. Aquaphor can, however, boost the effects of other products that can help grow eyelashes.
Although Aquaphor feels very soothing on the skin, it does not actually add moisture itself.
This means that in itself Aquaphor doesn’t condition the skin or the hair. It just protects the skin and hair from damage.
Aquaphor can, however, be applied on top of other skin-care and hair-care products. This locks in their benefits and hence boosts their impact.
For example, you can apply Aquaphor on top of an eyelash conditioner.
How To Use Aquaphor For Eyelashes
While Aquaphor is considered safe to use on eyelashes, you should still do a patch test to check for a reaction.
Be careful applying Aquaphor on your eyelashes, particularly if you apply it to the lower lashes.
Try to keep it out of your eyes.
Have a clean washcloth and water to hand so you can quickly remove it if it does get in your eyes.
1. Apply Aquaphor Directly To Eyelashes
Take a cotton swab and apply a thin layer of Aquaphor to your eyelashes.
If you do this at night, you might want to use an eye mask and/or a silk pillow.
This will help to stop the Aquaphor from being rubbed off as you sleep.
2. Apply Aquaphor On Top Of A Conditioner
You can buy over-the-counter eyelash conditioners.
Alternatively, you can just use a nourishing oil such as castor oil, olive oil, or almond oil.
Put this on your eyelashes first in the usual way.
Then use a cotton swab to apply a thin layer of Aquaphor. This will lock in the moisture from the conditioner to amplify its benefits.
3. Use Aquaphor Instead Of Mascara
If you either use an eyelash curler or prefer a natural look, you could use Aquaphor instead of mascara.
Curl your eyelashes first (if you’re going to).
Then apply a thin layer of Aquaphor, preferably using a spoolie. You can use a cotton swab if necessary.
Do note that Aquaphor does not have the same benefits as mascara.
If, however, you’re using an eyelash curler or leaving them natural, it can give your eyelashes useful extra protection.
Risks And Warnings Of Using Aquaphor
Aquaphor is a low allergy risk. It does, however, contain lanolin.
Lanolin is made from sheep’s fat combined with acetic acid and lye. Lanolin may be vegetarian (depending on its source).
It is, however, not vegan.
Lanolin may also cause issues for people with allergies to sheep or sheep products such as wool.
Furthermore, you need to be careful not to let Aquaphor get onto the eye itself.
If it does, quickly wipe away any excess. Then rinse your eye in fresh water until it’s totally clean.
It can be best to keep Aquaphor for the upper lashes.
These are longer than the lower ones so there’s less chance of you accidentally getting Aquaphor in your eye.
Finally, never put Aquaphor on your eyelashes if you’re wearing contact lenses and/or false eyelashes.
If you’re wearing contact lenses, you’ll end up with a film of Aquaphor over your lenses.
This will disrupt your vision.
If you’re wearing false eyelashes, Aquaphor may react with the glue and dissolve it.