Healthy, long and attractive eyelashes are something that everyone wishes they could have and show off. Our eyelashes can light up our faces and make us look extremely pretty! However, they are vulnerable to problems like dandruff, itchiness, falling out and other issues, preventing them from looking as good as we want them to.
Apart from making us look beautiful, our eyelashes serve another important purpose, which cannot be forgotten; they filter out the sun’s rays, protecting our eyes from the harsh sunlight. In addition, they prevent foreign bodies and dirt particles from getting into the eyes. Although we may love the idea of having beautiful and long eyelashes, let’s not forget their importance when it comes to our eyesight. The thicker and stronger our eyelashes are, the better they are for our health.
We’ll take you over some important tips in this article that’ll help you grow strong, healthy and beautiful eyelashes. Let’s start by understanding the main causes behind eyelash-related problems.
The main causes of eyelash troubles
According to dermatologists, an eyelash has a lifespan of around 5 months, after which it gets replaced by a newer one. The growth and replacement of the new and old eyelashes respectively depends on some important factors we’ll go over below. Let’s learn the main reasons why even new eyelashes may sometimes be fragile, or stop growing properly.
- The use of curlers. Many people rush putting on their make-up, ignoring the state of their curlers. The plastic on the metal piece could be damaged, causing damage to the eyelashes or pulling them out. Ensure that the plastic pad on your eyelash curler is replaced frequently.
- A bad diet. The deficiency of certain minerals and vitamins in your daily diet may also lead to weak growth of the eyelashes or even no growth at all! The reasons behind both hair loss and eyelash loss are the same. Therefore, it’s important that you eat a balanced diet that includes all the vitamins and minerals, including vitamin H (biotin), vitamin E, vitamin A, vitamin B, magnesium and iron. By incorporating green vegetables (like broccoli, brussel sprouts, spinach etc.), grains like brewer’s yeast, omega 3 fatty acids (found in salmon and other fish) and nuts like pistachios, almonds and walnuts into your daily diet, you’ll be well on your way.
- Seborrhea. Quite commonly observed in young people, seborrhea causes the excessive accumulation of oil on the tip of the eyelids. As a result, the eyelashes stick to each other, leading to the formation of white flakes on the eyelids. Hormonal changes and nutritional deficiencies are the main causes of seborrhea.
- Styes: Also known as blepharitis or the inflammation of the eyelid, it is caused by contact with bacteria. It’s usually caused when you touch your eyes with dirty hands. This then leads to a little abscess in the eye area.
- Bad makeup habits. Many people forget to take off their makeup before going to sleep at night, causing dirt accumulation on their eyelids and eyelashes. Waterproof mascara can be very harmful as it’s difficult to remove completely from the eyelids and eyelashes. Use the right type of makeup remover for the makeup you use and use slow and delicate movements when removing the mascara.
Natural methods for growing beautiful and healthy eyelashes
A nourishing smoothie
Drinking a glass of vegetable or fruit juice first thing in the morning will provide you with the essential nutrients required for beautiful and healthy eyelashes, and shiny, strong hair. Blend the following ingredients together:
- 1 orange
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Some pine nuts
- 2 crushed walnuts
- 2 carrots and
- 2 tablespoon flower pollen
Blend them until the juice looks good and then drink the smoothie immediately. It’ll provide your body with plenty of minerals and vitamins.
Strengthening the eyelashes
Anyone who frequently wears makeup would benefit very much from using an invisible mascara before their regular mascara. Invisible mascaras are fortified with nourishing eyelash protectors. If you don’t normally wear makeup, it’s always a good idea to brush your eyelashes with a special tiny brush each day. You can even spread a tiny layer of castor oil or vaseline over your eyelashes to encourage their growth and good health. However, make sure that you don’t use too much, as it may lead to conjunctivitis.
Use organic chamomile for this recipe, not the one that’s sold in tea bags. It’ll work best if you do it at night. All you need to do is boil 2 or 3 chamomile flowers in a cup of water and then use a cotton ball to rub the infusion on your eyelids, moistening the eyelashes too in the process.
Dermatologists believe that blinking on a regular basis helps stimulate the circulation of blood in the eyelids and promotes eyelash growth.
Use an effective eyelash mask
Buy a mascara that contains panthenol, ceramides, vitamin B5 and some SPF as well. Always keep your curler clean as it may become a possible source of bacteria over a period of time.