Aquaphor On Eyelashes: Is That a Good Idea?

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One of the most talked about affordable products that have multiple uses in skincare is Aquaphor. There are many forums and blogs that talk about their great success with Aquaphor’s lineup. 

Many fine that their dry and irritated skin was thoroughly hydrated when they use this product. But apart from hydrating the skin, can it be used for something else too?

What happens when you use Aquaphor on eyelashes?

As a moisturizing product, Aquaphor will also help moisturize your eyelashes. That doesn’t necessarily mean that your lashes will grow longer or quicker! But it could help prevent your eyelashes from being damaged or falling off.

Let’s get to know more about Aquaphor and what it can do for your lashes! 


Aquaphor 101


Before you decide to use Aquaphor  on your eyelashes and before we get to know its effects on your eyelashes, we first have to go over what it is. 

Aquaphor is a product that is a combination of petroleum jelly, lanolin, and glycerin. The combination of these ingredients helps prevent water evaporation on the surface or area where you place it. 

When placed on the skin, it helps moisturize, preventing water evaporation. It acts as a barrier so that your skin is be protected and less irritated by the various elements and exposure of day to day life. 

No wonder it is typically used for the skin.

It could help with skin irritation and redness by acting as a protective barrier. It can help prevent dryness by keeping moisture in the skin but can it be used on the eyelashes too?

Effect Of Aquaphor On Eyelashes

The good news is that it is safe to use Aquaphor on eyelashes. Although it won’t really help your eyelashes grow longer or faster, there are still benefits to using Aquaphor on your eyelashes. You can even use them on your eyebrows too. 

The good news is that it is safe to use Aquaphor on eyelashes. Although it won’t really help your eyelashes grow longer or faster, there are still benefits to using Aquaphor on your eyelashes. 

First of all, Aquaphor helps lock in moisture. When your eyelashes aren’t dry, they are less likely to break. We can say that Aquaphor can help strengthen the lashes and avoid breakage. 

Moisturized hair looks so much healthier and shinier than dry hair so it can help improve the appearance of your eyelashes. When your eyelashes don’t break prematurely, they could grow to their full lengths. 

That may be the reason why some people think that Aquaphor can help make their lashes longer.

Aquaphor only helps protect the hair so it can grow healthy. The length of the eyelashes is dictated by our genes so they won’t grow longer than they should. 

Healthier lashes can look fuller because there are fewer chances of unhealthy eyelashes that fall off. Some say that it could be a good substitute for mascara too if you want a more natural look. 

How To Use Aquaphor On Your Eyelashes

Now that you know that Aquaphor can be beneficial to your eyelashes, the next question would be how to apply it to your eyelashes.

When applying anything to your eyelashes, you need to understand the risks. 

Your eyelashes are in your eye and you wouldn’t want to risk your vision. The first thing that you have to do is to do a patch test. This will help make sure that there aren’t any ingredients in Aquaphor that you are allergic to. 

Once you’ve passed the patch test and there are no adverse reactions or irritations that develop, you can now apply it to your eyelashes.

When doing this, be very careful, especially when applying it to the lower lashes. 

When doing this, be very careful, especially when applying it to the lower lashes. 

Make sure that you don’t get the Aquaphor in your eyes.

Before you start with the application, make sure you have a clean washcloth and water within reach so you can quickly remove it if necessary. 

1. Directly Applied Over The Eyelashes

You can apply the Aquaphor directly to your eyelashes. Only use a small amount. You can use a cotton swab to apply a thin layer.

Do this at night. 

To make sure that the Aquaphor doesn’t get rubbed off, you could wear an eye mask to sleep. 

2. Aquaphor On Top Of Eyelash Conditioner

As an alternative, you can apply Aquaphor on your eyelashes that have been treated with eyelash conditioner . Eyelash conditioners are usually made of oils that are rich in nutrients like almond oil or olive oil.

When applied after applying your eyelash conditioner, the Aquaphor acts as another layer that helps seal the conditioner on your eyelashes. It can amplify the effects of your eyelash conditioner. 

3. As A Substitute For Mascara

Aquaphor can be a substitute for your clear mascara. Before using the Aquaphor, you first have to curl your eyelashes. 

Find a clean spoolie to apply the Aquaphor on your eyelashes just like you would if you were using regular mascara.

If you don’t have a spoolie, you can use a cotton swab instead. 

This will not lengthen or add volume to your eyelashes as a mascara would, but it could only be used for more natural-looking eyelashes makeup. And it could help protect your lashes from various elements. 

Things To Keep In Mind When Using Aquaphor On Your Eyelashes

Most people aren’t allergic to Aquaphor and can use it safely. However, you should still know that it contains lanolin

This substance is a mixture of lye, acetic acid, and sheep’s fat. Some may consider it vegetarian but it isn’t considered vegan. There might be some people who are allergic to sheep or products that are from sheep like wool.

Additionally, even if you aren’t allergic to it, you should still be careful when applying it to your eyelashes. You shouldn’t get it into your eye. In case you do, you should remove the excess then rinse your eye in clean water thoroughly. 

It is best to avoid applying Aquaphor on your eyelashes when you are wearing contact lenses. You could end up with a film of Aquaphor on your contact lenses that could blur your vision. 

Aquaphor shouldn’t be used while you are wearing false eyelashes. It could disrupt the bonds of the glue and dissolve the glue.

You could end with your fake eyelashes falling off. Not a good look.

If You Want Longer Lashes

You have several options if you’re looking for longer lashes. You could try magnetic or glue false lashes. You could dive into eyelash extensions.

And you could try eyelash growth serums like the (prescription) Latisse and the (over-the-counter) Revitalash. We like Revitalash, but beware that lash serums can change your eye color!


Aquaphor can nourish and restore your lashes. But it won’t make them grow.

As long as you are confident that you’re not allergic to Aquaphor, and as long as you apply it correctly, Aquaphor is an excellent choice for your lashes.

Written by Kayla Young

Kayla is the founder of LuxeLuminous. She has worked professionally in the tanning industry for years. She has been interested in esthetics since childhood, and has tried every hair, skin, and makeup product ever produced (more or less).