Lip balm is great for rejuvenating dry, chapped lips. In fact, lip balm has all kinds of uses but is lip balm good for eyelashes?
Lip balm is good for the appearance of eyelashes. It acts a bit like a light, clear mascara. Lip balm can also help to protect your eyelashes from dryness and water (and often sun). Some lip balms may have conditioning ingredients that benefit the eyelashes. In general, however, lip balm will not help grow your eyelashes.
Benefits of Lip Balm
The specific benefits of lip balm will depend on the specific lip balm you choose. There are, however, some benefits you can expect from all lip balms. Here are the main ones:
- Protects against heat, water, and often sun
- Primes skin and hair for other products
- Adds gloss
- Convenient to carry and apply
3 Reasons Lip Balm Is Good For Eyelashes
Here are the three main reasons lip balm is good for eyelashes:
1. Makes them look fuller and longer
Lip balm coats the eyelashes in a similar way to clear mascara.
This makes them look fuller, longer, and glossier. In fact, if you just want to give your eyelashes a light boost, you can use lip balm instead of mascara.
You can increase its impact by using an eyelash curler afterward.
2. Protects against the elements
Lip balm’s main purpose is to protect your lips from the elements. It can do the same for your eyelashes.
Any lip balm will protect your eyelashes from heat (dryness) and water. Many lip balms have sun protection as well.
3. Makes them easier to groom
Applying lip balm to your eyelashes regularly will help to stop them from losing their natural moisture.
Keeping your eyelash hair well hydrated will help to keep it flexible and hence easy to groom.
Can Lip Balm Help Grow Eyelashes?
Lip balm may be able to help grow eyelashes. Some lip balms may contain ingredients such as Vitamin E that help to promote hair growth. Many lip balms contain ingredients that will help to condition eyelashes.
In general, however, lip balms are used to protect eyelashes. They also make eyelashes look fuller and hence longer.
The specific benefits of any lip balm depend very much on the ingredients it contains. It’s therefore important to check the label before purchase.
How To Use Lip Balm For Eyelashes
Here is an easy way to use lip balm to help moisturize your eyelashes:
1. Clean and groom your eyelashes
Always make sure that your eyelashes are totally clean before applying lip balm to them.
Otherwise, you may end up trapping dirt on them. If you’ve been wearing eye makeup, then you may want to double-cleanse just to make sure that it’s all gone.
It’s also preferable to brush your eyelashes.
This benefits them for the same reasons as it benefits the hair on your head.
It also means that your eyelashes should be smooth, flat, and untangled before you apply the lip balm.
2. Apply the lip balm
You can use a cotton swab or your finger.
In either case, work from root to tip in smooth motions. Resist any temptation to pinch your eyelashes to make it easier to apply the lip balm.
This may work in the short term but over the long term, it will damage your eyelashes. Be gentle.
3. Curl and/or add mascara
This step is optional but it will add extra drama to your eyelashes.
For a daytime look, curling or mascara will usually be enough. For the evening, you might want to do both.
Remember to read the ingredients before deciding whether or not a lip balm looks safe to use on your eyelashes. Even if it does look safe, always do a patch test before you use a new product. Be careful working near your eye. If lip balm gets on your eyelid, rinse it off immediately with clean, fresh water. If necessary seek medical attention.
Risks And Warnings Of Using Lip Balm
Even though all lip balms do much the same job, each manufacturer will have its own recipe.
In fact, lip balm manufacturers will often use different recipes for different products. For example, they may add flavorings and/or colors.
They may also change their recipes from time to time.
This means that you need to check the label on each product before you buy it. You also need to patch test before using any new product.