Many people in the world aren’t bestowed by Mother Nature’s gift of naturally thick and long eyelashes. They frame the eye as a focal point of your face and make them stand out even more. The longer – the better! However, if you have problems growing a few extra lashes for that enticing look, there are many solutions. So, if you’re not in too much of a hurry and you’ve decided to dedicate your time to getting your lashes in top shape, here is my advice along with some natural remedies you can turn to:
Proper Routine Care
First of all, let’s start with the most basic, day-to-day care; this should always be the first step to making your lashes look healthier. Now, whether it be a long day at work, or a crazy all-night party, never leave makeup on after you return home, and more importantly…don’t sleep in it! The skin around the eyes is very thin and delicate and too much makeup can clog the pores and make them look tired. If you’re removing mascara, make sure you do it with the utmost of care, because lashes can fall off easily and they take way longer to grow back than the other hairs on your body. Massaging eyelids and brushing eyelashes might also help with their growth, since it improves circulation and allows nutrients to reach the follicles.
Castor oil is by far the most successful method of getting long and thick eyelashes naturally. It’s easy to use, very cheap and you can usually notice results within 2-3 weeks. To apply castor oil, use a cotton swab or a brush if you want to avoid making a mess and getting some in the eyes. Gently dab it on your eyelashes and lids and leave on overnight. If you’re not going to bed, then just leave it like that for about 10 minutes. After that, just gently rinse it with lukewarm water. Castor oil is also very good for fighting microorganisms that hamper growth.
Olive oil is also a good choice when it comes to growing stronger lashes. It is very rich in vitamin E and oleic acid, so it provides great nourishment for your eyelashes. It also keeps the lashes dark. There are many tutorials on how to use this method, but the best results happen if you put on some olive oil using a brush or a dab before going to sleep, and then removing it with lukewarm water in the morning. You should repeat that every night for about a month before you see the results.
Aloe Vera has all kinds of uses and among others it can also promote growth in eyelashes. It’s full of vitamins and nutrients and will help keep your lashes moisturised. If you decide to use Aloe Vera gel, you can apply some to an old mascara wand and apply to your lashes, just make sure you’ve given it a thorough clean beforehand. The principle is more or less the same: leave it overnight and rinse off in the morning. Alternatively, you can try a mix of aloe vera, jojoba oil and a teaspoon of chamomile infusion to also apply directly to your lashes.
Lemons are rich in vitamins C, B, folic acid, and other nutrients too, which is great for your skin and health. You can also use it to add some volume to your lashes. Also, if mixed with castor or olive oil, they will enhance the cleaning and stimulating properties of the oil. Results may vary but they usually come in about a month of everyday treatment. Here’s how to use it:
- Put a tablespoon of almost dried lemon peel in a container.
- Soak the peel in olive or castor oil.
- Leave it to sit for a couple of weeks.
- Before bed, apply oil with an old mascara brush and leave it overnight.
- Rinse in the morning.
Green tea is rich in flavonoids which stimulate the growth of your lashes. They also improve brain health and help lower sugar and cholesterol levels. You can use green tea to try to get healthier lashes, and here’s how:
- Prepare a cup of unsweetened green tea and wait till it cools off.
- Apply the green tea with a cotton swab to your lashes.
- After about 15 minutes, wash it off with cold water.
- Do it twice a day for about few months.
If All Else Fails…
If you’re feeling impatient, and mascara just doesn’t work that well for you, you can always turn to eyelash extensions. Lash extensions are usually synthetic, silk or mink, and you’ll have to determine what kind would suit you best. If you’re not sure which type, look around for affordable eyelash extensions in Sydney or whatever your vicinity has to offer, in order to find out what best suits your needs. However, having false eyelashes doesn’t mean you have to forget about your own, so you should take great care in nurturing them daily.
Things To Avoid
If you want to commit to making your lashes look stronger, longer and healthier, you must stick to your plan and new regime, and here are some things to avoid if you decide to use some of the natural remedies:
- Don’t pull on your lashes under any circumstance.
- Avoid rubbing the eyes roughly, and if you have to handle something in your eye, try doing it with clean hands or a cotton swab.
- Do not use waterproof mascara. Removing it is a gruesome task and it will take a toll on your eyelashes.
- In case of pinkeye, make sure to replace any eye makeup you used recently.
- Replace your mascara regularly, every 3-6 months, to avoid germs that can lead to infections.
Chloe Smith is a cycling enthusiast, business consultant and a part-time writer who is always willing to share titbits of advice.
She believes that passion, courage and, above all, knowledge breed success.