Eyelashes are designed to protect our valuable eyes from airborne pollutants such as dust; they also serve to reduce glare from sunlight and bright lights. Mystics say that the eyes are the window to the soul; eyelashes offer a shield from prying eyes and lend expression to the eyes as the focal point of the face. This is a feature we have repeatedly seen in models of women in ancient art; eyelashes add mystery to a woman.
Stage performers wear false or artificial eyelashes stuck on with glue, to enhance their looks and accentuate the eyes. Fashion-conscious women assault their eyelashes with chemically-formulated mascara in different shades such as black, brown, blue, violet and metallic, or traumatize them further with metal eyelash curlers, so it is no wonder that this strategically positioned bunch of delicate hair fall out, become brittle and sparse. We know that human hair is porous and can absorb oils, trace minerals and even harmful chemicals such as mercury, lead and arsenic. Knowing these, we have now become aware of the need to take care of our eyelashes using natural means.
HOME REGIMENT FOR EYELASH CARE
- It is important to nourish our eyelashes from the inside-out through a wholesome diet rich in natural oils, fruits and vegetables, lean protein and whole grains, sufficient quality sleep and oxygenation through aerobic exercise such as brisk walking. Read labels of anything you put in your mouth; avoid canned and processed food with harmful additives such as MSG and curing agents, and deep-sea fish. There are many vitamins for eyelash growth, take a good multi-vitamin daily and vitamin E three times a week.
- Gently remove all traces of eye makeup right when you get home. Eyelashes need to breathe as they absorb nourishment from the food you eat through their roots. Do not tug or pull at them when removing artificial eyelashes; avoid rubbing your eyes or do anything to stretch the fine skin in the eye area.
- Massage your eyelids gently with circular motions for a few minutes at bedtime to stimulate the hair follicles of your eyelashes. If you do this regularly, you will see a real difference in your lashes as circulation is enhanced. Alternatively, you can close your eyes and turn your face towards a fine spray warm shower for a relaxing treat; complete your regimen by combing your eyelashes with a fine eyelash comb and gently brush the eyelashes every day in the morning with soft upward strokes starting from the roots of the eyelashes and moving upward.
HOME REMEDIES FOR GROWING RICH, LUSH AND BEAUTIFULLY LONG LASHES
Home remedies are more effective in unclogging and detoxifying the pores, as well as rejuvenating and nourishing the hair follicles, resulting in regenerative eyelash growth.
- Castor oil Extracted from the castor plant, castor oil is known for its medicinal and skin-nourishing qualities. Because of its high viscosity, application to the eyelashes might cause some discomfort, but castor oil serves to draw out impurities from the eyelash follicles and stimulate hair growth. Daily application with a dipstick applicator will result in thick, shiny eyelashes. You may choose to leave it on the whole day or overnight at your convenience.
- Vitamin E or d-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate is less viscous than Castor Oil but is equal, if not superior in its skin nourishing properties. Vitamin E may be used to stimulate eyelash growth; apply lightly with a cotton applicator or dipstick using outward motions, preferably at bedtime.
- Olive Oil may be applied to the eyelashes with a thoroughly cleaned oil mascara stick before bedtime; leave overnight for better results. In the morning, wash off with lukewarm water. After 2-3 months of nourishing and moisturizing, your eyelashes will start to show results with a lush, healthy and shiny appearance.
- Natural oils such as coconut oil, avocado oil, sesame oil or rose-hip oil may be applied using a cotton ball at bedtime. Natural oils will wash away in the morning after soaking and moisturizing your eyelashes all night through. These natural oils will encourage growth, help your eyelashes maintain strength and prevent them from falling out.
- Green Tea is known to be a powerful antioxidant, pore cleanser and lightener. Taken internally, the flavonoids cleanse the body and help maintain overall health. Applied on your eyelashes, green tea will stimulate new growth and maintain the health of existing ones.
- Aloe Vera is a versatile home remedy that can be used to nourish your eyelashes and stimulate growth. Fresh aloe vera gel may be applied directly on your eyelashes with a clean mascara wand.
- Lemon Peel may be used in combination with castor or olive oil to increase growth stimulation capabilities. The natural oils that occur in lemon peel will also serve to grow your eyelashes and make them turn lush and voluminous. To prepare lemon oil, take a slice of moderately dried lemon peel and mix with an adequate amount of olive or castor oil; leave to sit for around a week, or long enough for the lemon’s natural scent and hair nourishing capabilities.. Apply with a cotton applicator and leave overnight; wash off with warm water in the morning.
Aside from the above-mentioned home remedies which can be applied to your eyelashes to grow them beautifully long, you also need to keep an eye out for excessive and unnatural eyelash loss. There are people who swear by trimming the tips of the eyelashes using a pair of well-sharpened cuticle trimming scissors. Take care that you do not cut off too much or your eyelashes will look stubby or blunt; your eyes will also suffer from the glare. You may use a magnifying glass to guide you while trimming with a curve and not straight across.
Like any other remedy, none of these are magic formulas which will yield instant results after years of abuse. But rest assured that you will be able to maintain your long beautiful eyelashes with regular maintenance.
Ella James is an aspiring author who is pursuing Health Services Administration degree from St. Petersburg College. She is an active contributor to Consumer Health Digest, which is a leading Health News Website. Her interests include reading and writing about Health, Fitness, Beauty and Skin Care. In recent years she had the opportunity to learn about Solvaderm skin care treatments. Get connected with her on Facebook and Twitter.