Long, luscious eyelashes are the hallmark to beautiful eyes. However, they are also quite sensitive and are prone to growing scanty if not cared for. While some people have naturally dense and long eyelashes, others have to use artificial lashes and curls to look good. Fortunately, there are a number of precautions and remedies you could take to prevent falling of the eyelashes as well as ensuring their healthy growth. This article will provide you with both prevention tips and with helpful remedies to grow eyelashes.
Grow Healthy Eyelashes by Taking Care of Them
In order to grow healthy lashes, you first need to take care of them. This starts with the right way to apply and remove makeup. Women often use a heavy amount of waterproof mascaras and tend to leave it overnight. This hardens the lashes and it’s difficult to remove the mascara without scrubbing the eyes real hard. This will cause your eyelashes to fall off and also weaken them. In order to avoid this, try not to apply waterproof mascaras and if you absolutely must, then use a gentle makeup removal cream that can easily remove waterproof makeup. You can also use coconut oil as a natural makeup remover instead of a harsh chemical that could weaken your eyelashes even more.
Eat Foods that Promote Hair Growth
We may not be aware of this fact, but what we eat has a great impact on our hair. Lack of vitamins and healthy minerals in the body can cause hair fall along with falling of eyelashes. A healthy diet should consist of Omega-3, multi-vitamins, and lots of green vegetables such as spinach and avocados. You should strive to have a balanced diet of lean protein, fiber and vitamins obtained from fruits and vegetables. Also, don’t forget to consume at least 8 glasses of water a day to keep your body hydrated and nourished. Drinking enough water along with maintaining a healthy diet can do wonders not just for your body but also for your hair and eyelashes.
Give Your Eyes a Gentle Massage Regularly
Every night after removing your makeup, apply a warm compressor to your eyelids and give them a gentle massage. Remember to be very gentle and slow in the massage as rough rubbing causes the lashes to fall. Make sure you have clean hands when doing this to avoid pimples and styes on the eyes. Once done with massaging the eyelids, gently massage the lash line; be very careful when you’re doing this as you could hurt your eyes with your nails. Those with long nails should take extra precaution. While performing this step, you could also use castor or olive oils to massage the eyes, but just make sure the oil doesn’t get into the eye or it will cause you unnecessary irritation.
Make Use of Castor and Olive Oil
Castor and olive oil is not only good for the hair, but also for eyelashes. Castor oil stimulates hair follicles and promotes healthy hair growth while also fighting microorganisms that causes weak hair roots. Similarly, olive oil contains Vitamin E and folic acid that helps nourish and enhance the thickness of eyelashes. Both oils are popular home remedies and have been sworn by people who’ve tried them. To apply, all you have to do is dab the oil on the eyes, leave them overnight and wash it off with warm water in the morning. Continue this procedure for at least three months to see visible results. Remember, home remedies take time and are not meant to show immediate results. Also, make sure you do not use an excess of it. Just a light dab every night is enough as excessive use can cause irritation to the eye.
Mixing Essential Oils with Coconut Oil
Essential oils such as lavender oil and jojoba oil can be made into a concoction with coconut oil and used as a serum to promote growth of eyelashes. It is a popular method that has been around for quite some time and can be made easily. Note though that essential oils have a strong scent and could cause eye irritation, so always try to use the diluted form even when mixing with coconut oil. Once the serum is made, use a cotton swab to gently apply on the roots of the eyelashes and then move towards the lash line. Try not to have any of the serum go into eye and use at most only a drop for each eye. Once done, leave it on overnight followed by a lukewarm face wash in the morning.
Brush Your Eyelashes Regularly
The eyelashes prevents dust and other microorganisms from entering the eye. As such it is necessary that they be taken care of. Try brushing your lashes regularly to remove dirt and dust particles. To do this, all you need is a eyelash brush dipped in petroleum jelly or aloe vera and gently comb through the lashes making sure that it does not affect the eyes. Carry on with this practice twice every day and you will begin to see noticeable results.
Aloe Vera Recipes
Aloe vera has been a popular ingredient in most home remedies for beauty. Be it for the skin or for the hair, the herb has been widely used. It is no different for eyelashes. In fact, aloe vera combined with essential oils such as jojoba oil and chamomile infusion has been known to work wonders for people with weak or falling eyelashes. To use only aloe vera, you just need a cotton swab or an unused mascara wand to apply the gel on the lashes and leave it overnight. For using aloe vera with jojoba oil, apply the same procedure, but remove it after 15 minutes.
Finally, it’s all about the care you take in maintaining your eyelashes. Avoiding use of heavy eye makeup, eye curls and artificial extensions can prevent your eyelashes from getting weak. To strengthen your eyelashes, make use of home remedies like coconut oil and olive oil. Whatever you do, make sure you treat your eyelashes gently and that your hands and the products used are clean.