Having doll lashes seem to be one look that never goes out of style. Long lashes help to enhance the eyes making them, bigger, brighter, and sultrier; they can pump up any makeup look and even allow you to face the public without using cosmetics. Lashes tend to be one type of hair many people have a hard time growing, so they simply accept their fate while others opt to lash extensions and prescription medications.
Though this method has been proven effective, using eyelash extensions may damage your natural lash to the point of no return. Lash adhesive is powerful and can pull hair directly from the root injuring your follicle; once a hair follicle is damaged it will not sprout any new hair.
Prescription medications for lash growth stem from medication for glaucoma. Patients who were diagnosed with the disorder are often prescribed eye drops and after an extended period, began to notice the ingredients caused their eyelashes to grow tremendously. Doctor’s had now discovered a scientific breakthrough that would leave the cosmetic industry in a frenzy. These medications work well for lash growth but may come with side effects. Studies show that excessive use of many eyelash growth medications can cause yellowing of the skin and a change in eye color.
I don’t know about you, but I’ll skip the lash serum if it comes with these side effects, especially since there are several natural ways to grow your lashes!
Try these age-old tricks to make your eyelashes grow longer naturally
If something is proven to work, why change it? That’s how I feel about lash growth techniques. As mentioned earlier, long lashes were always a hot commodity so it is inevitable that women would find a way to do it without spending all of their cash, or putting themselves at risk.
Give those lids a rub down
Most people are blind to the power of massage. Yes, it feels great but it also helps to stimulate certain parts of the body. Giving your eyelids a quick rub down twice a day will regenerate your hair follicle, giving you long, luscious lashes. Rubbing the lashes can be both a blessing and curse because if it is done too hard, it will cause your lashes to shed so proceed with caution.
Trusty Ol Vaseline
In my house, it seemed like Vaseline was the remedy for everything. Bumps, bruises, burns and dry skin could all be combated with Vaseline, but I’ve never thought to use it to grow my eyelashes.Vaseline or petroleum jelly helps lashes grow by maintaining the ones you already have. The jelly acts as a strengthener, so the base of the lashes doesn’t get weak and detach. Having a strong lash base allows your lashes to grow a bit longer before dying (don’t worry, all hair dies). Use Vaseline on your lashes before bed for 2-4 weeks and watch your lashes sprout! Each morning, be sure to cleanse the eye completely, so the product doesn’t fall into your eyes.
Essential oils can stimulate hair growth
Essential oils are also one remedy that never goes out of style. These oils were initially used by ancient healers to treat manyillnesses. There are tons of essential oils that help improve circulation, generate hair follicles, and provide the necessary nutrients to grow long lashes naturally, these oils include:
- Olive oil
- Coconut oil
- Avocado oil
- Sweet Almond oil
- Linen oil
- Sesame oil
- Rosehip oil
- Argan oil
- Burdock root oil
To apply essential oils to your lashes, dip a q-tip or cotton pad into your solution and soak them. Be sure not to extract too much oil from the package, if any gets into the eye it will blur your vision.
Save each and every lash
You’ll never know how important eyelashes are until you’ve lost all of yours; that is why it is imperative to keep each and every lash. Just like the hair on your head there are many learned beauty rituals that aren’t the best, but like mother always said, “If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.” I was never a believer in this saying, I believe that although it may not be broken, nothing is never too good for a little improvement.
Use a better mascara
You may already be aware, but mascara is the quickest way to longer lashes. Mascara is brushed through the lashes, and its formula stretches to make your lashes extend. Not every mascara will give you the same results, in fact, some mascaras can damage your eyelashes and cause them to break. Waterproof mascaras are often loaded with alcohol that causes the lashes to dry out, so be sure not to manipulate your lashes after application. If you use a mascara primer, it will help to protect your lashes from harsh ingredients and may even include nutrients to maintain their good health.
Invest in an effective makeup remover
The number one way to lose your lashes is to improperly remove your makeup. Countless women use soap and water to remove cosmetics that are formulated to repel water, causing them to vigorously rub the eyelashes. Investing in a heavy duty makeup remover will cause mascara to slide off without such force. Most effective makeup removers contain essential oils because they help dissolve your mascara, so using an essential oil alone is also acceptable. Coconut and olive oil are great makeup removers.
So, have you found your preferred remedy to grow long lashes naturally? If not, here are a few quick tips:
- Let your lashes be. If you continue to rub, pick at, or pull at your lashes, they will never grow.
- Brush your lashes. Brushing your eyelashes will allow you to remove dirt and debris. These materials can become impacted in your hair follicle and cease lash growth.
- Eat the right foods, their nutrients will soon be delivered to your eyelashes.