- 1 Eyelash health: the basics
- 2 Practical steps to make your eyelashes healthier, longer, and stronger
- 3 Maintaining the health of your eyelashes after treatment
Most of us would love to have long, healthy eyelashes. Although some people are naturally blessed with them, for others, it’s a matter of creating an illusion with extensions and mascara.
But what if we told you that it’s possible to make your eyelashes longer and stronger, from the comfort of your own home? It’s true! Keep reading to find out how!
Eyelash health: the basics
Eyelashes play an important practical purpose in the health of the eyes, protecting them from foreign bodies and resulting damage. Each lash lasts approximately three months before falling out, and can take more than two months to grow back fully.
There are many things that can affect the health of eyelashes. Like all types of hair, they may be lost as a result of chemotherapy, alopecia, infection, or inflammation of the eyelid. Eyelashes can also be damaged or lost as a result of rubbish the eyelids, opting for waterproof mascara, using eyelashes curlers, or going to sleep without removing eye makeup. If you do wear eyelash extensions or false eyelashes to accentuate your features, be very careful whilst they are in use, and ensure that removal is completed as gently as possible, with no glue or debris left behind. Don’t forget; anything that causes irritation to the eyelid can also result in eyelash damage.
If you’re experiencing an unusual rate of eyelash loss as a result of itchiness or irritation of the eyelid, there may be a medical reason for it. Consult with a doctor or pharmacist if your symptoms persist.
Practical steps to make your eyelashes healthier, longer, and stronger
There are plenty of steps you can take to boost the health and strength of your eyelashes, which can make them longer and fuller. Try combining several of these tactics to optimize the result!
Use castor oil overnight
Castor oil for eyelash growth is a tried and tested treatment. Containing vitamin E, minerals, and natural antibacterial properties, it helps to make lashes grow and thicken, and prevents damage, breakage, and loss. Castor oil is intensely moisturizing, which counteracts the dryness that can result in eyelash loss. Earlier we mentioned waterproof mascara as having a negative effect on the health of your eyelashes; this is because it has purposefully drying formula. It’s helpful if you want to protect your makeup from tears or rain, but it also removes natural oils and moisture from the lashes and eyelids, which contributes to eyelash loss. Castor oil restores the moisture that makeup and the environment take away, soothing the area and restoring balance.
To take advantage of this natural wonder, begin by thoroughly cleaning your face, taking special care of your eye area. Ensure that no makeup remains. Next, take a small, clean makeup brush (a disposable mascara wand or eyeliner brush are ideal) and dip it into cold-pressed castor oil. Very carefully apply the oil to your lashes, making sure that they are all coated. Then, head to bed and allow the treatment to work whilst you sleep. In the morning, gently clean your eyes with warm water, with the assistance of an eye makeup remover if required.
This treatment can be repeated daily, although it may take a couple of weeks to notice a significant improvement. Be patient; the effect is worth the wait!
Green tea for your lashes
Packed with antioxidants and nutrients, green tea is a popular drink for maintaining general health in the body. However, did you know that it can specifically work wonders for your eyelashes, too? Green tea works to promote a healthy environment in which your eyelashes can reach their potential; cleansing the eyelids and soaking them with an intense boost of nutrients.
To benefit from this treatment at home, wash your face as usual, ensuring that your eyes are thoroughly clean. Grab a small container (a mug or small bowl will work fine), add some warm water, then sprinkle in about a teaspoon of pure green tea leaves. Allow the leaves to soak for a few minutes, then check the temperature of the liquid, ensuring that it is cool enough to apply to your eyelids. Once you're satisfied that the solution is temperate, strain it (to avoid leaves irritating the eyelids), take two cotton pads and submerge in the liquid. Squeeze out and apply one to each eyelid. Give the green tea an opportunity to work its magic by sitting back and relaxing for thirty minutes. Put some light music on to maximize the experience! Then simply remove the pads; there’s no need to rinse. For an even better result, use a cotton bud to apply some of the solution directly to the eyelashes, then leave overnight. Wash your face as usual in the morning, and you’re ready for a brand-new day!
You can also try this Green Tea Foam
Make sure that your diet is optimizing eyelash growth
It’s important to make sure that what’s happening on the inside is helping you as much as possible on the outside. Your diet can certainly have an impact on the health of your eyelashes, and there are foods you can target to help you strengthen them.
Ensure that you are reaching your daily requirements of protein and healthy fats. If you’re watching your weight, you may have drastically reduced the amount of fat that you eat. Whilst this can certainly help you to stay within your calorie limit, all humans need a certain amount of fat in their diets to maintain a healthy body. Keep a food diary, or use a tracking app on your smartphone, to give you an idea of your daily macros. If you’re falling seriously behind on protein or fat, take steps to correct the imbalance. Sources of healthy fat that help to boost eyelash growth include almonds, peanut butter, olive oil, avocados, and sunflower seeds. Consuming lean protein is also an important aspect of promoting eyelash health. Great sources include chicken breast, extra-lean beef, fish, eggs, reduced-fat cheese, milk, and vegetarian alternatives such as textured vegetable protein (TVP).
Crack open the vitamin E capsules
Vitamin E is known to promote healthy, strong eyelashes. Its antioxidant properties encourage hair growth, and direct application can improve blood circulation to the eyelids. You can find vitamin E capsules from all good health stores. They are relatively inexpensive, and can be purchased in bulk to keep costs low.
To take advantage of this treatment at home, start by cleansing your face thoroughly, giving special attention as always to the eye area. Once your face is clean and dry, take one vitamin E capsule, prick it with a clean needle, and apply the oil to your eyelids and lashes. This can be a messy process, so it’s advisable to use a small container to hold the oil, and apply with a cotton bud, eyeliner brush, or disposable mascara wand. Vitamin E oil can be left on the eyelids and lashes overnight, then washed off wish warm water or a facial cleanser in the morning. Repeat the treatment daily for at least two weeks.
Create your own eyelash serum
Fancy eyelash serums, that come with big promises and even bigger price tags, can be tempting. However, it’s very rare that these cures are any more effective than the inexpensive, DIY treatments you can make at home.
There are several oils and healing ingredients you can try, and the possible combinations are infinite. Some of the best components of an eyelash serum include:
Feel free to experiment with different combinations. Every individual is different, and it may take a few attempts to find the formula that is perfect for you. Once you’ve found it, you can look forward to luscious, lengthy lashes!
Maintaining the health of your eyelashes after treatment
Eyelash-boosting formulations can take several weeks to bring about a noticeable improvement, and you may need to re-apply regularly in order to maintain the effect. As well as keeping up to date with your treatments, there are other steps you can take to ensure that your eyelashes and eyelashes remain healthy.
Always remove your makeup
We’re all guilty of going to bed without removing our makeup! It happens, but try your best to ensure that it’s a rare occurrence, rather than an everyday event. There are lots of ways to make this process easier; makeup removal wipes, for example, are inexpensive and do a pretty decent job. Keep some cotton pads and a bottle of eye makeup remover on your nightstand, which serves as a gentle reminder and takes the arduous sting out of the task. Even if you’re exhausted, two minutes of makeup removal can do wonders for your eyelash health!
Try not to rub your eyes
It’s certainly easier said than done, but keep interaction with your eyes to a minimum. As mentioned above, if you are experiencing itchiness of the eyelids, speak with a pharmacist of healthcare practitioner to establish the cause and discuss treatments. Even when removing your makeup, use gentle sweeping movements, rather than applying too much pressure back and forth.
Give yourself a break from makeup – especially waterproof mascara
As daunting as it may sound, it’s a great idea to give yourself an occasional break from makeup, particularly around the eyes. If you absolutely must wear makeup regularly, go a few days without applying heavy eye makeup. This gives your eyelids and lashes a chance to recover. If you are a regular user of waterproof mascara, considering switching to a less drying formulation a few times a week.
Now that you have the right tips and tools at your disposal, go ahead and strengthen your beautiful lashes! Good luck!