Does Vaseline help eyebrows grow? I’ve read that it can help eyelashes.
– Fati M.
First off, I have to say that this is one of those rumors that has been circulating for a looong time. Even though clean petroleum jelly (vaseline) can do a lot of things, growing eyebrow hair is not one of them. So simply put: vaseline cannot help grow your eyebrows.
If you wanted a yes/no answer, that’s it.
If you were dreaming of full, lush eyebrows, don’t give up yet! We will explore how you can achieve them below.
Can I still use vaseline on my eyebrows?
Yes, you can! Vaseline is safe to use as a moisurizer around the eye area. So yes, even though a lot of products are not safe for the eye area, vaseline is actually A-OK for use on the eyelids, eyebrows, and the rest of the eye area.
One thing you should be aware of is that petrolatum is not typically fully refined in the US, which means it could contain toxic chemicals called PAHs. Make sure that it’s fully refined by the company as white petroleum first, before purchasing or using near the eyes.
You should know, though, that vaseline is a heavy occlusive agent. That is, it’s a moisturizer, but it’s not a growth serum. It won’t grow your eyebrows, but it will make them feel soft and look shiny.
How can Vaseline help my eyebrows?
As a lubricant, vaseline is a great moisturizer for eyebrows. It can moisturize dry eyelashes just like it can moisturize dry skin. It’s great for a minimal look: it looks just like clear brow mascara, leaving brows glossy-looking, like a clear brow gel would. It’s a very cool, editorial look.
Why does Vaseline not grow your eyebrows? What can?
There’s no evidence pointing to the fact that Vaseline can grow eyebrows. It can protect and moisturize, but Vaseline does not contain any elements known to help grow eyebrows or hair in general.
When it comes to eyelashes, prostaglandin is what prompts the body to produce more eyelashes and lengthen the growth cycle, for longer lashes. The body uses essential fatty acids (like those found in WINK) to produce these prostaglandins naturally.
But what about eyebrows?
According to Dr. Jeanine Downie, dermatologist, Latisse increases the growth phase of your lashes’ life cycle. Like hair, eyelashes grow for a certain time and then eventually fall out. It is believed that Latisse makes the eyelash growth phase last longer and increases the number of eyelashes that sprout during this phase (source).
In case you’re not familiar with it, Latisse is a prescription product for sparse lashes. Latisse has only been FDA-approved for use on the upper eyelid, but it is a well-known fact that the brow and lash hair growth cycle work similarly. So even though Latisse is not approved for use on the brows, it will likely have the same effects. Keep in mind, however, that Latisse carries significant side effects–whether used on the lash line or brows–that should not be underestimated.
Circling back, essential fatty acids help your body naturally produce these prostaglandins, without the side effects. WINK is a great source of a unique mix of essential fatty acids, and is an affordable alternative to prescription brow enhancers.
To read more about brow enhancers and how they work, check out our brow enhancer guide here.
Takeaways: How can I grow my eyebrows?
We suggest using a product with prostaglandins or essential fatty acids in the formulation. A peptide serum is also another option.
Prostaglandin does come with the side effect of darkened irises and darkened skin around the eyes. This means if you have blue eyes, a prostaglandin-based eyelash enhancer formulation could turn your beautiful blue eyes brown. However, Vaseline will not help grow your eyelashes or eyebrows.
Learn more about how eyebrows grow: Take a WINK science lesson!
A formulation like WINK’s will feel a little strange at first: it’s oil-based, so it will feel like Vaseline. But don’t be mistaken: WINK is not the same to Vaseline. Wink’s formulation is full of essential fatty acids from natural nut and seed oils. The modern diet is extremely deficient in essential fatty acids (especially Omega 3s!), so adding a product like WINK to your regimen could greatly improve your eyebrows’ condition.
Why not try it? With a money-back guarantee and science-backed formulation, WINK is worth a shot!
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