Beeswax is an incredibly useful product but is beeswax good for eyelashes? Here is a quick guide to what you need to know.
Beeswax is good for eyelashes. Its main benefit is that it creates a protective, water-resistant film over the eyelashes. This also makes them look fuller and longer. Beeswax is often used to boost the impact of other eyelash products, especially mascara. It helps to make them long-lasting without being harsh.
Benefits of Beeswax
Here are five of the main benefits of beeswax.
- Is a protective and waterproof barrier for the skin
- Acts as a lubricant
- Locks in the skin’s natural moisture
- Adds a pleasant fragrance
- Is antibacterial
3 Reasons Beeswax Is Good For Eyelashes
Here are the three main reasons beeswax is good for eyelashes:
Makes Eyelashes Look Fuller And Longer
Beeswax creates a transparent coating on your eyelashes. This makes them look fuller and longer.
One of the great benefits of beeswax is that it doesn’t harden on hair (as it does on the skin). This means that your eyelashes stay flexible and retain their natural movement.
Forms A Protective Barrier Over Your Eyelashes
Beeswax stands between your eyelashes and the outer world. It’s particularly good for protecting them from water.
Seals In Your Eyelashes’ Own Moisture
Beeswax doesn’t moisturize the hair but it does prevent moisture loss. This means that it softens your eyelashes and makes them easier to groom.
Can Beeswax Help Grow Eyelashes?
Beeswax cannot help grow eyelashes. Beeswax can, however, reduce the number of eyelashes you lose unnecessarily through damage.
It can also help to amplify the benefits of other products that can help grow eyelashes.
For example, beeswax is often used in eyelash-growth serum to help it to stay on the eyelashes.
How To Use Beeswax For Eyelashes
Although beeswax is a low allergy risk, it’s still advisable to do a patch test before using it.
When you’re finished remember to clean it off thoroughly. This is important to allow your skin to breathe.
Always be careful when applying any product near your eyes.
Have a clean cloth and fresh water nearby so you can quickly clean your eyes if anything does get into them.
1. Apply beeswax directly to eyelashes
If you curl your eyelashes or rock the natural look, you can use beeswax instead of mascara.
The effect will be less dramatic and hence more natural.
Just apply the beeswax with a spoolie in the same way as mascara. Alternatively, use a cotton swab.
2. Use mascara with beeswax
It’s generally best to buy mascara with beeswax.
Making your own at home can be a bit of a challenge. If, however, you want to give it a go, then here is a recipe:
- 1 tablespoon oil – coconut and avocado are both good options
- 2 tablespoons aloe vera gel
- 1 1/2 teaspoons beeswax, grated
- ¼ to ½ teaspoon activated charcoal or cacao powder.
- Melt the wet ingredients over a low heat and mix them well.
- Add the coloring and stir well.
- Transfer to a container and leave to cool.
The mixture lasts for up to 6 months.
Use in the same way as over-the-counter mascara.
3. Use as part of an eyelash-growth serum
You can buy eyelash-growth serums with beeswax in them.
Alternatively, you can make your own. There are numerous recipes out there.
Most of them are variations on the following base recipe:
- 20 parts oil
- 2 parts beeswax
- 1 part Vitamin E.
Castor oil tends to be the preferred oil.
You could also use coconut, almond, or olive oil. It’s advisable to avoid using essential oils. Unless you have allergies, they are usually safe to use on the eyelash itself.
The problem is that there is a high risk of getting essential oils on the eye itself and this could be extremely dangerous.
You should never use essential oils without diluting them first.
- Melt the ingredients together and mix well.
- Once combined, pour into a heat-proof container.
You may need to remelt the mixture to use it.
Instructions for use
- Apply to eyelashes with a clean spoolie or cotton swab.
- Leave overnight (or for as long as possible).
- Clean off with an oil-based cleanser.
Risks And Warnings Of Using Beeswax
Beeswax is a very low allergy risk.
You should, however, do a patch test and respect the results. If you’re using a product that includes beeswax and other ingredients, however, then it may be that one of the other ingredients is the problem.
In this case, it’s best to patch test the ingredients individually so you know which one is triggering the reaction.
If you get beeswax on your skin, e.g. your eyelids, it’s important to clean it off.
Beeswax in itself is unlikely to cause any damage to your skin.
The problem is that it will harden on your skin and will not come off easily without oil. This can lead to your skin becoming unable to breathe and/or to clogged pores.
The final point to note is that it’s best to avoid using beeswax near your eyes if you have false eyelashes.
This is because you’ll usually need some form of oil to remove it.
Any oil will probably damage the glue used to hold your false eyelashes.