This post originally ran on July 9, 2013, but we’re bringing it back to help you serve up a lash-tastic new you…
Mascara serves as an easy way to brighten up our eyes on a day-to-day basis. Which made us stop and think about eyelashes…and then wonder… what actually MAKES eyelashes grow (or appear that way)? Lashes naturally regenerate every 6 to 12 weeks, but if you’re in a hurry and want them to look and feel fuller, there are a few things you can try. And they’re natural! Results may not be immediately evident but, practiced regularly enough, your eyelashes should appear to lengthen and grow.
Luckily, many of the applicators/accoutrements mentioned here are common enough that you’re likely to already have them in your home, save for an eyelash curler (which can be purchased at any drug or makeup store). A quick tip about eyelash curlers: always curl gently, and use prior to applying your mascara to avoid weakening, crimping or breaking your lashes.
At bedtime, wash your face. A clean “slate,” free of makeup, is your best bet. Pour oil of your choice (or a mix of coconut and castor oils) into a small dish, about 5 drops’ worth. Dip a cotton swab into oil (without saturating it) and rub along your lashes. Get as close to the base (where your lashes meet your lid) as you can without getting in your eye. Repeat in other eye and leave overnight. Once you wake up, wash your face again. A nightly routine incorporating this method should result in thicker and longer lashes in just 2 to 3 months!
Yes, using lip balm on your lashes can make them appear curlier. It is said that flavored balms work best, but consider doing a test patch before going full-on with any product near your eyes! Rub lip balm gently along your lashes through to the base. You can do this before bed or before mascara is applied. Then, curl your lashes with an eyelash curler several times after the balm is applied, but before mascara. This should help boost that curl!
The simple practice of brushing your lashes daily can help stimulate growth. Makeup-free mascara wands work best — gentle strokes through your lashes for no longer than 5 minutes should do the trick of removing loose lashes and strengthening those that remain!
AND! Instead of tossing your used mascara wands away, consider washing them with a mild soap and donating to #WandsForWildlife, where they will be used to clean insects and contaminants from our little woodsy friends.
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