So: you want thick, luscious lashes. What are you waiting for?
If you’re anything like the rest of us mere mortals, you’ve got no idea how to make that happen. If you’re one of the aforementioned divine, here to laugh at the plebeians, you can be on your way. If the former is the case, then stay close by: we’re here to help. You want to know how to grow your eyelashes and make your pupils pop? No worries—just sit back and learn.
First off: you’re going to want to know what precisely makes your little lashes blossom. Just like every other hair and nail on your body, your eyelashes are made of keratin. Keratin is a simulative protein: you have cute locks and a sassy mani-pedi because of it. Naturally, protein likes protein—ensuring that you eat a good variety of all essential food groups is vital to maintaining general health, much less longer eyelashes. Many of the signs of malnutrition present themselves in keratin—think hair loss, breakage, and brittle nails—so be sure to watch what you eat, and make sure that you do eat. Your body (and lashes) will thank you—so will your metabolism.
Now we’ve got the basics covered, it’s time for a quick biology lesson. The eyelash is about nine millimeters long, and seven of those increments are inside the follicle. Yes, that’s right—only two mm extend beyond the eyelid, with the rest of the hair deeply embedded in its follicle, just perpendicular to a sebaceous (oil-secreting) gland.
Now, for us folk seeking to assuage our short-lashed woes—we want to stimulate the follicle. Sounds fancy, and possibly erotic, but in all seriousness, it’s necessary. Besides, you ‘stimulate the follicles’ of all the hairs on your scalp every day—or at least we hope you do. Yes, silly as it sounds, you’re going to want to brush your eyelashes. By doing so, we’re prompting the sebaceous glands to produce more oil, and thus nourish your lashes and encourage them to grow even more.
With that, we transition nicely to our final tip. The tissues of the eyelid are some of the thinnest found anywhere on the body, and you’re going to want to take advantage of that. Vitamin E and olive oil have both been proven to aid in the growth of new lashes and the lengthening of existing ones. The infinitesimal span of the tissue itself allows the vitamins and minerals in both oils to soak into the skin and augment the lipids produced by the sebaceous gland. From there, the new nutrients and such provide the vital kick your lashes—and the rest of you!—need to get going and get growing.
Before you reach for the chemical products, try a few natural tips like these to grow your lashes long, healthy, and luscious. It’s good for you, good for your lashes, and low-risk—now you have the know-how, so what are you waiting for?