There are numerous eye creams available at different price points but is eye cream good for eyelashes? Here is what you need to know.
Eye cream does not harm natural eyelashes but some eye creams can damage false eyelashes and lash extensions.
Eye cream and eye gel can, however, both be good for the skin around the eye area.
This can enhance the overall appearance of the eyes and lashes. It can also help to reduce eyelash loss.
Let’s examine this further.
Benefits of Eye Cream
The main benefit of eye cream is that it deeply conditions the skin in the eye area.
Younger people with moisture-rich skin may not need eye cream but it’s always good to take care of the skin around your eyes.
An eye gel may be enough or even just a regular moisturizer.
As you age, however, it’s more likely that you’ll benefit from an eye cream. Here are the main reasons why.
- It calms and soothes a sensitive part of your skin
- Helps minimize the signs of aging
- Reduces puffiness and dark circles
- Delivers the right hydration for your eye area
- It evens out your skin tone and primes your skin for makeup
You may already know that issues with the health of your scalp can affect the health of your hair. The same logic applies to your eyelids and your eyelashes.
If the skin on your eyelids is in poor condition, it will be a less secure foundation for your eyelashes. By contrast, if it is in good condition, then it can hold your eyelashes firmly.
Why Eye Cream Is Bad For Eyelashes
Eye cream isn’t bad for natural eyelashes but it isn’t good for them either. It’s meant to condition skin, not hair.
Eye cream can however be bad for false eyelashes (and lash extensions). This is because the cream is typically oil-based.
This means that it can dissolve the adhesive used to fix them in place.
Should You Use Eye Cream On Eyelashes?
By the time you’re in your mid-twenties, you should generally be using a moisturizing product for your eyes.
This is because the skin around your eye is particularly thin and therefore very delicate and sensitive.
It is also far more exposed to the sun than other areas of your body.
If you are in your twenties, an eye gel may be the best option for you.
Alternatively, you could use eye gel in the morning and eye cream at night.
As you age, you are likely to need to transition to using an eye cream both morning and night.
Eye cream vs eye gel
The difference between an eye gel and an eye cream is that eye gels are mainly liquid-based, whereas eye-creams are mainly oil-based.
You may find products that use both liquid and oil. In this case, the proportions will determine whether the product is considered a gel or a cream.
Regardless of whether you choose an eye gel or an eye cream, there are five key points you should check before making a purchase:
- Is it suitable for your skin type
- Is it an oil or a liquid. If you’re using false eyelashes, liquid is the safer option. If, however, your skin needs maximum hydration, then you’ll need to use an oil-based eye cream.
- Does it have all-natural ingredients or use chemicals
- Does it contain extra nutrients and conditioners. If so, what are they and are they right for you?
- Is there a use-by date? Some eye creams may expire regardless of whether or not they are opened. Some will last indefinitely if kept sealed but need to be used within a certain period once opened.
Can Eye Cream Help Grow Eyelashes?
Unfortunately, eye cream cannot help grow eyelashes. Eye cream nourishes the skin. It does nothing, directly for your eyelash hair.
With that said, the skin on your eyelids does need to be in good condition to provide a good foundation for your eyelashes. An eye cream can help with this.
It can also improve the overall appearance of your eyes.
How To Use Eye Cream For Eyelashes
Although eye creams are designed to be used in the eye area, it is still advisable to patch test any new product. Apply them carefully.
Eye creams are intended to be used on the skin around the eye, not on the eye itself.
If you do get any eye cream on your eye, clean it off immediately. If you experience a reaction, seek medical attention.
- Cleanse and tone your face.
- Apply a pea-sized amount to a clean finger.
- Dab the eye cream gently onto your skin. Work from the nose to the outer corners.
If you are wearing false eyelashes, you might want to add a coating of Aquaphor or beeswax to them. These both create a transparent film over your eyelash.
This gives them a certain level of protection if you blink while the eye cream is still being absorbed.
If you’re in a hurry, you can use a fan to speed up the absorption process. A hand fan is fine but a battery-operated one may be less effort to use.
3 Alternative Ingredients That Are Good For Eyelashes
Here are three alternative ingredients that are good for eyelashes:
If you only require a little extra moisture then eye gel may be a better option than eye cream.
It has much the same benefits but is lighter.
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