A few years ago now, I had a brief and unfortunate encounter with eyelash extensions. As in I had them applied, and then after a brutal 72 hours of itching and burning, I had them removed. Apparently my eyes aren’t meant for long, luxurious fake eyelashes. Which really is a bummer because I really, really loved the way they looked! :-) Oh well, there is a certain point when the price of “beauty” is just too high to pay, and itchy, burning eyes is definitely one of them!
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After that debacle, I decided to look into other ways I might augment my somewhat skimpy lashes. My eye doctor actually gave me a prescription for something called Latisse, which is supposed to really deliver on longer lashes! But I do struggle with the fact that it has to be applied every single night. (I am lucky to manage to remove my makeup every night, let alone paint a very delicate line of lash serum along both eyelids!) This sad state of affairs led me to a second round of searching for lash options, and this time I found a few natural remedies that seem quite promising!
5 Natural Ways To Promote Long And Healthy Eyelashes
1. Green Tea
Take advantage of the beneficial properties of green tea, such as flavonoids. Dip a cotton ball in green tea and smear it over the eyelashes. The tea will stimulate growth and help clean the follicles, allowing for more substantial growth to occur.
Stimulate growth and promote healthy lashes by brushing your lashes twice a day with a lash comb. Brushing helps to distribute the natural oils along the length of your lashes to help keep them strong.
3. Lemon Olive Oil
Olive oil protects, conditions, and lengthens eyelashes. You can also enhance the already healthy properties of olive oil by adding lemon essential oil, which is a natural antiseptic and antimicrobial agent. (If you don’t have lemon essential oil, you can soak lemon peels in olive oil for a couple of days instead.) Apply the lemon and olive oil mixture to your lashes at bedtime and remove in the morning.
4. Proper Diet
You can help promote lash growth by eating a healthy diet that’s high in protein and vitamins. Foods like fish, eggs, beans, and yogurt are all good choices that can contribute to healthy lashes. Soy protein is also beneficial for simulating lash growth.
5. Homemade Eyelash Serum
The final eyelash tip I wanted to mention is actually a homemade concoction I like to call my “Eyelash Thickening Serum.” (It’s pretty much just coconut oil and a drop of essential oil, but I think the name makes it sound more impressive.) ;-) Coconut oil is packed with beneficial fatty acids that can help strengthen your lashes. And a little bit of lavender essential oil provides additional nourishment!
To use it, gently roll the mixture onto your lashes. Use clean hands to massage the serum into the lashes, but take care not to get it in your eyes!
If you’re in pursuit of longer lashes like me, give some of these tips a try along with me and report back!