Why would you spend tons of money on false lashes that end up damaging yours even more?
More often than I'd like to admit, I have the stupidest ideas in the world. One of those ideas was attempting to light a cigarette with my stove. I can’t stress enough what a terrible idea it was. Before I knew it, I had burned off all my lashes. Well, not all, but I all I had were these ugly stumps. Fortunately for me, I was on vacation, and no one had to look at my hideous lashes as they grew back. However, my long and curly lashes never came back. Instead, they were just straight and short. As you can imagine, I’ve tried everything under the sun, but I couldn't find anything that convinced me and I was desperate to find something that brought back my beautiful lashes.
False lashes weren’t an option for me simply because I was an utter failure at aiming at the exact lash line. Besides, I thought they didn’t look natural and I didn’t like them for an everyday look. Then, my mom convinced me to get lash extensions, which are applied hair by hair. Now, I really liked the sound of that, but the process was so long (not to mention how sore my eyes felt and how long it took them to get used to that glue). And of course, over time, some hairs would fall off, leaving holes that looked even worse.
Then, one day, I came across an article that talked about how the gorgeous Audrey Hepburn got her long and natural lashes. I thought this was it, my salvation. According to the article, she would put on a coat of mascara, and before it dried, she would separate hair by hair with a pointed pin. Then, she applied another coat and repeated the process. Seriously, guys, this actually works if you have a lot of time to dedicate to this process (which I don't). Sadly, I had to look for less time-consuming solutions. Here's what I found.
Honestly, I’m amazed by all the great things oils can do for our skin and hair. Castor, olive, lavender, grapeseed, almond, coconut, argan: any of these oils will do; the choice is yours. Using a q-tip or a clean mascara wand, apply the oil to the lashes, making sure you reach the root of each hair. Let it sit and dry overnight, and voila. In a few days, you’ll have stronger and longer lashes without spending too much time or money on them. The secret is that these oils are rich in fatty acids that nourish and stimulate hair follicles. They also contain antioxidants that restore hair follicles and keep them looking healthy. As an extra tip, you can mix your oil with lemon zest to make it stronger, since lemon is rich in vitamin A and C.
Lemon or Green Tea
Tea works wonders for your body, so, naturally, it's great for your skin too. For this tip, first, prepare your favorite lemon tea (if it’s made with the leaves, even better). Once the tea has cooled down, apply it on the lashes and leave it on all night, as you would with the previous option. You can save the rest of the tea in your fridge for no longer than 4 days. When applied daily, the tea's natural antioxidants will help your lashes grow stronger and thicker.
Shea butter is being used in a lot of cosmetic products lately because of its high vitamin A and E content. These vitamins nourish hair follicles and promote growth. You just have to get a tiny amount of butter on your fingertips and rub it until it melts. Then, apply it on your lashes, taking care not to rub them too much. Leave it on overnight and repeat every day.
As much as I hate to think about it, there’s no doubt that our diet has a huge impact on our skin, hair, and our body, in general. The key is to eat healthy food and make sure you consume lots of antioxidants, good fats, and proteins. The foods that will help you grow those amazing long, natural lashes are fruits rich in vitamins and antioxidants like apples, berries, citric fruits, and guavas. As for vegetables, the best options are tomatoes, spinach, lettuce, cauliflower, broccoli, kale, and brussels sprouts (yeah, I know). Balance these with lean meats, fish, chicken, cheese, and other dairies, and not only will your lashes grow, but your overall health will improve too.
If you want to hurry up the process, you're going to like this tip. Put vitamin E directly on your lashes every night. They usually come in capsules so you can drink it, but since these are all-natural, you can break them and apply them directly on the lashes for faster results. You can also apply it directly on your skin to fix blemishes, or to reduce scarring so it’s basically good for everything.
As you can tell by the many products out there that have aloe, this is one of the most popular natural products for every skin type. Lashes aren’t the exception, and it can produce amazing results even in the most damaged ones. Get some aloe vera gel and put it right on your lashes all the way to the roots before going to sleep, as you’d do with the other tips on the list, and let the properties of aloe vera do their magic overnight.
Dedicate some time to your lashes
Finally, none of these tips will ever work if you don’t take good care of your lashes. For instance, that means removing your makeup every night before going to bed, so that they can breathe and absorb the natural oils produced by your skin. It also means not rubbing your eyes so hard that you might pluck them off. But one of the most important things you can do to have healthy and strong lashes is brush them every day, so that you remove all the dust that accumulates throughout the day and night. Brushing them will also stimulate the follicles, so they can grow more.
Having great lashes is not a science, and it shouldn't take a lot of time, effort, or money either. If we take such great care of our hair and skin, why not give some love to our lashes too? After all, they are what makes or breaks our eye makeup.
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