Can Vaseline Really Make Eyelashes Grow Longer?

by beautifulwithbrains
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Can vaseline makes your eyelashes grow longer?

It’s a question I get a lot. It’s not hard to see why. Vaseline is super moisturising. Highly versatile. And dirt cheap.

It was only a matter of time before women slathered it onto their lashes in an attempt to make them grow longer. It seems to work, too.

Those who tried it swear their lashes have never looked this long and thick. Are they onto something?

Does Vaseline Help Grow Eyelashes?

Wouldn’t it be great if something as simple as vaseline could make your eyelashes grew longer and thicker?

Sadly, it can’t. I scoured the scientific literature for days, but could find no proof that vaseline makes eyelashes grow longer.

I guess it makes sense. If vaseline really worked, eyelash growth serums like Latisse would have been invented much sooner. Instead, we had to wait for the discovery of bimatoprost, a molecule that helps prolong the hair growth circle.

Thanks to bitamoprost, lashes don’t fall out as quickly as they naturally would, so they have the time to grow longer and thicker.

Vaseline doesn’t contain anything like that, so it can’t work as well. Bummer!

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Why Do People Think Vaseline Helps Your Lashes Grow Thicker And Stronger?

“Wait a minute, Gio,” I hear you say. “So what if you couldn’t find any scientific proof it works? The proof is in the eyelashes. If so many people swear vaseline works – and they’re seeing results – it must be true.”

Not so fast. Just because something looks longer and thicker, it doesn’t mean it is. Let me explain.

Here’s what we know for sure: vaseline is a wonderful moisturiser. It coats the eyelashes, creating a protective barrier that keeps moisture in.

When lashes are well moisturised, they don’t break as easily. So, they get to grow that little bit longer. But, they only grow as long as they naturally would if they didn’t fall off prematurely. You need something with bimatoprost to make them grow even longer than that.

Plus, the extra layer of Vaseline coating your lashes makes them look a little thicker, too.

So, there it is, the secret: moisture. That’s what makes your lashes appear longer when you use vaseline.

The Bottom Line

Vaseline may not make eyelashes grow longer, but it keeps them well moisturised and prevents them from breaking, which is the next best thing. So, if you want your lashes to appear longer, and don’t fancy splurging on Latisse, vaseline may be worth a try. Appear is the key word here.

Have you ever used vaseline to try and make your eyelashes look longer? Share your experience in the comments below.

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7 comments

Tam June 4, 2016 - 5:35 am

I tried using Vaseline for lash growth. All it did was irritate my eyes and become a lint magnet. I tried to stay true to the cause. Nevertheless, I knew I needed to stop when my cousin squinted while looking at my eyes and attempted to dust them off. Lesson learned.

Gio June 5, 2016 - 10:53 pm

Tam, oh no! So sorry you had such an awful experience! You have to be really carefully when using vaseline around the eyes. It could so easily go wrong.

Tam June 6, 2016 - 6:29 am

I love Vaseline and it will always be a staple in my home – just not for the eye area.

Gio June 10, 2016 - 12:38 pm

Tam, vaseline is wonderful, isn’t it? But, yeah, better not use it for this.

jina April 15, 2020 - 3:03 pm

You are doing amazing work! Thanks for sharing your wonderful posts. I could never go back to my normal lashes now. I loved Latisse, but it is very pricey. So I decided to purchase the generic version of Latisse which is the Careprost. So happy 😊 I finally found ‘GETLASH24’ ❤️ in Google and got careprost (same as Latisse, but it’s a way cheaper, thanks girls ). There is no difference to me. Latisse and Careprost are the same thing. I have had phenomenal results with it. It is well worth the money for me. After trying it, I will never be without it! My lashes are twice as long and thick and I am already being asked if they’re natural, to which I can happily respond ”Yes”!

Rezia February 19, 2019 - 2:49 pm

I have spent a lot of money on eyelash serums, and honestly, serum of dermalmd one works as good as the more expensive brands! I’m truly impressed with the results! I have also had NO irritation from using this serum! I’m very happy with the results!

Gio February 20, 2019 - 5:54 pm

Rezia, thanks for sharing your experience. Glad you’ve found something that works for you.

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