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Does Vaseline Thicken Eyelashes?

Posted Nov 08 2010 10:00pm

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Ying yearns for longer lashes…Does VASELINE petroleum jelly really help to thicken and elongate eyelashes and eyebrows?

The Left Brain Responds:
Vaseline petroleum jelly, or petrolatum, as it is technically known, is a multipurpose cosmetic ingredient. It is an excellent moisturizer because it creates a barrier layer on the skin that retards water loss. It is also used as a base for many hairdressing products because its heavy, greasy consistency can help control flyway hair.

Does it thicken and elongate eyelashes? I suppose that coating your lashes with any thick, greasy substance could, in theory, make them look longer and thick. But it will NOT physically increase the diameter or length of the eyelash itself. I’m sorry to tell you that Vaseline is not a great solution to actually growing thicker lashes.

Want to know more about this miracle goop? Here are my 3 favorite facts about Vaseline petroleum jelly:

1) According to some sources, the brand name Vaseline is a combination of the German word for water, wasser (pronounced vahser), and the Greek word for oil, elaion.

2) Robert Chesebrough, the inventor of the process used to purify petrolatum, used a clever trick when hawking his product. First he’d burn his skin with acid or a flame and then he’d apply petroleum jelly to the burned area. Finally he would show the audience how his previous burn marks had healed after treatment with his miracle product. I’d like to see the Right Brain try that!

3) Despite popular misconceptions, petroleum jelly is NOT a good sexual lubricant because it is oil-based and will dissolve latex condoms. (Sarah Bellum, please take note.)

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