Longer Lashes: How to Get Your Eyelashes to Grow
A good set of eyelashes can transform your face. This is probably the reason that eyelash extensions have become a billion-dollar industry over the last few years. More and more women are paying to give their eyelashes a makeover, adding length and volume to their lashes. Many find the process worth it even considering the expense, maintenance, and the fact that extensions are harmful to your natural lashes.
So, what can we do to get thicker and longer lashes naturally while avoiding the negative effects of extensions? There are a lot of theories out there on natural eyelash growth and some at-home techniques that will help. You can read our take on how to maintain your luscious lashes, "9 Ways to Keep Your Eyelashes Long," but growing lashes is a whole different ball game. People rely on expensive serums, but the fact of the matter is that most of the high-end serums won’t do anything for your lashes. So what will?
Sure, you can also enhance your look all day with makeup such as long-lasting eyeliner and waterproof mascara, but you may also be able to get longer, healthier eyelashes to start with.
How Nutrition can help you have longer lashes
Your lashes have a short growth cycle and that cycle varies from person to person, so it isn’t necessarily something that can be altered. But the best way to stimulate hair growth in your body is through the food you eat. Nutrition affects so many aspects of your daily life, but one you probably didn’t consider is your hair and not getting the proper nutrients can cause you to lose hair.
Adding foods into your diet that have a high content of protein, biotin, and vitamins C, A, and E, can help facilitate growth, repair, and strength of hair.
Hair follicles are made up of protein.
Biotin produces the hair protein, Keratin.
Vitamin C has antioxidant properties which help fight against damage to hair follicles. It also produces collagen to strengthen hair.
Vitamin A is known to speed up hair growth and help hair to grow in thicker and fuller.
Another antioxidant, Vitamin E is a hair growth stimulant and also contains essential fatty acids that aid in growth.
Eggs, Nuts, Berries, Spinach, Avocados, Sweet Potatoes and Salmon are all great sources of these nutrients. Consuming healthy foods, such as these, on a regular basis will not only have you feeling more energetic, but will benefit your skin and hair (including your eyelashes looking long and strong). You should also be taking a multivitamin to supplement for the nutrients you miss each day.
how to take Good Care of Your Lashes
If you take care of the lashes you have, they will take care of you. Preserve your lashes during their pause cycle (in-between the growth and shedding cycles), which is a longer period of time than the other hair on your body. Being religious about removing your makeup, brushing your lashes, and avoiding eyelash curlers are all great practices that will keep your lashes happy and lengthy. Massaging the eyelids can also provide some benefits, increasing blood flow to the lids. Just remember that your eyelids have the thinnest skin on your body, so be very gentle anytime you are handling them.
You could go out and by a lash conditioner, but then you don’t know exactly what is in it and considering you will be putting it on your eyes, that is good information to have. Educate yourself on the best oils for lash growth and create your own eyelash conditioner at home.
Top tip: Castor oil, coconut oil, olive oil, and vitamin E are all great options for lash growth.
The next time you run out of mascara, rinse the tube out thoroughly and refill it with castor oil, a little bit of Vitamin E oil, and rosemary essential oil. Shake it well and apply before bed each night, rinsing it off in the morning. Although it may not cause your lashes to grow overnight, you will be strengthening your eyelashes while you sleep and even swell them slightly so they appear thicker.
What you can do to get longer lashes
So it is possible to grow longer eyelashes, but it will take patience and consistency in order to achieve a noticeable difference. Remember to avoid false eyelash strips and glue, eyelash curlers, use a safe conditioning treatment, and remove your makeup every night using a non-abrasive method.