One of the most coveted hallmarks of beauty is long, fluttering, dark eyelashes. While some are just born blessed with gorgeous lashes, the rest of us must find ways to catch up. Mascara is just a quick fix to a lasting problem. There are several ways to encourage lashes to grow thicker, longer, and healthier.
Fortunately, it’s easy to improve the look of thin, pale eyelashes with these handy hacks and tips.
There are many natural ingredients that benefit for our lashes. Most things are easily found around the house. Try one or all these organic eyelash boosters.
Oils such as vitamin E, castor oil, olive oil, and even petroleum jelly have a positive effect on eyelashes. Dip a disposable mascara wand in your choice of oil and coat the lashes from base to tip. Leave it on overnight. Be careful not to rub any oil into your eye. These oils moisturize the hair follicle and encourage healthy growth.
Green Tea Bath
A green tea bath is an excellent way to achieve longer, darker lashes. Simply make a cup of green tea (no sugar!) and wait for it to cool. Dip a cotton ball in and swipe the warm liquid across your eyelashes. Green tea is chock-full of helpful antioxidants to maintain healthy lashes and the caffeine and flavonoids stimulate new growth.
Aloe Vera is a wonderful tonic to refresh the eyes and help maintain lush, dark eyelashes. It is full of vitamins and minerals that promote health and encourage the growth of new cells. It’s good for rough skin and red patches too.
There are many lash serums on the market. Their formulas are designed to work with the growth cycle and help boost and maintain it. Look for a lash serum with squalene, which helps thicken lashes. Latisse® is a very popular product offered at Vibrance Medspa that adds length, fullness and volume to your lashes.
Going the Extra Mile for Great Lashes
Regular application of these natural ingredients and serums is just the first step to obtaining your dream lashes. Great lashes also require extra attention. Don’t forget to incorporate these special tips into your eyelash routine for the best results.
Massaging the eyelids nightly helps encourage healthy growth by stimulating the hair follicles. Avoid pressing too hard. A gentle touch is all that is required for approximately 60 seconds. It is easy to do this while applying a natural oil or aloe.
It is very important to clean your eyelashes every night. Remove all makeup and debris from the day. You’d be surprised how many fine dirt particles are in the air around us. Cleaning your eyelashes every night helps keep them healthy.
Eat a Healthy Diet
Just like the hair on your head, eyelashes react to the body’s health. They require specific minerals and vitamins to grow and shine. If you aren’t healthy, you aren’t going to be able to grow healthy hair. You need to eat whole grains and healthy carbs to keep your body functioning at optimum capacity. There is also a myriad of vitamin supplements for hair growth.
Once or twice a week, alternate hot and cold eye packs for roughly five minutes each. Repeat as many times as you like. This activity not only stimulates the nerves and muscles around the eyes to promote hair growth but also reduces the signs of wrinkles.
What Not to Do for Longer, Healthier Lashes
There are also some things you don’t want to do if you’re trying to achieve longer lashes. Most of us don’t even think about the things we do daily that are detrimental to our lash health. Take some time to consider these activities and decide how they affect your lash life.
Don’t Rub Your Eyes
It’s hard not to rub your eyes at certain times of the year, especially when hay fever season starts. Feeling tired or frustrated can also make you want to rub your eyes furiously. It’s a bad idea. Your eyes are very delicate and rough treatment can cause eyelashes to fall out or cause small blood capillaries to burst.
Don’t Use Harsh Cleansers and Makeup Removers
Anything you use on your eyes should be gentle. From makeup remover to night cream, choose products without parabens or scrubbing beads. Not only can you pull out eyelashes, but these products can also cause premature lines and wrinkles.
Don’t Keep False Lashes on for Too Long
Strip lashes have been around since the 1920s and are still a viable alternative when you just can’t grow long lashes. They come in all sizes, shapes, and volumes so it’s possible to change your look up every day.
False eyelashes bond to the lash with glue or a magnetic strip and can be re-worn several times. But these types of lashes can be harmful, and they increase your chances of losing healthy eyelashes.
Never leave false eyelashes on for extended periods of time. It is important to remove them as soon as possible. Use a gentle cleanser and never pull or tug. You will pull out your own lashes while removing the fake ones. Wait until the cleanser fully dissolves the glue and slide the lash off your lid.
Safe Lash Extensions
If you seem destined to a lackluster lash life, and nothing you try works, there is still hope. Lash extensions are an alternative to false eyelashes and a wonderfully easy way to make your eyes look brighter and more defined.
Lash Extensions are individual lashes bonded to your own to create volume and length. The glue is not harmful and eventually wears off, making a fill-in necessary. They are less invasive than false eyelashes because you aren’t taking them on and off every day.
Lash extensions come in a variety of materials including silk, mink, faux mink, and other synthetic options. The number of lashes you choose to use can also be tailored to suit your desired look. There are volume options from 50 to 100 lashes and varied options for length and curl.
Lash tinting, offered by our aestheticians at Vibrance, will make the lashes look darker and fuller without the use of mascara. It will last for a few weeks, and you can wake up and be ready to go with a paired down makeup return.
Your eyelashes frame your eyes and have a big impact on your look. To keep your eyelashes looking their best adopt your own eyelash care routine.
Having stubby lashes isn’t the end of the world. There are many ways to encourage new lash growth and maintain happy, healthy eyelashes.
For more information about eyelash tinting or permanent makeup, contact us.