I don’t have much in common with today’s pop stars. Between what seems to be a fear of wearing pants and euro-mix beats that make my head spin, I feel like I’ve completely lost touch with popular culture. But there is one place that I’m totally akin to current celebrity noise makers: our mutual love of long, luscious lashes. Full lashes make your eyes pop and combats looking washed out in photos, and is why one of my personal guilty pleasures is to get eye lash extensions – actually, its a full blown addiction. An addiction that apparently, I share with Katy Perry who is also an avid lash extension enthusiast. But last month, due to a short parade of evening events and videos I was in, I went a wee bit overboard with my extension habit – and upon trying out a few new salons, my poor lil lashes began to fall out in a big way. Yep, we’re talking bald spots on my lids and all.
So, after flipping out over my bathroom sink, I looked myself in the sparsely lashed eye and conducted a self-initiated intervention in the mirror. Since then, I’ve been committed to repairing and growing them naturally, and here are my top tips for making lashes longer and fuller. Being my chemical-free self, I’m avoiding products like Latisse (whose side effects include discoloration around the eye) and commercial lash conditioners, and sticking to good old fashioned home remedies.
1. Apply Castor Oil – Dabbing a bit of castor oil onto our eye lashes helps to restore and moisturize them, but also pulls out impurities. This helps keep lashes healthy and strong as well as provides a coating that protects them from damage. Castor oil also helps to stimulate regrowth when absorbed into the hair follicles for more full, thick lashes. Apply this each night and wash off in the morning with your face cleanser.
2. Brush Them Out Everyday – Some beauty professionals recommend trimming lashes in order to encourage growth, but I have found simple brushing to be effective. The act of brushing keeps our eye lashes clean, well-kept and subtly increases blood flow to the area. Take a clean mascara wand and brush them out each morning, being careful to gentleness.
3. Lemon Peel – I haven’t done one this yet, but in my extensive online search, I’ve found lemon peel to be a hailed home remedy for weak lashes and brows. So, I’m prepping to start this weekend! We can simply infuse our castor oil with a few slices of lemon peel, which is said to detoxify and stimulate growth of our lashes. Drawing from my Ayurvedic and Holistic Esthetics background, I imagine this is because lemon is warming and also increases blood circulation.
4. Stock up on vitamins B, E and silica – If you read this blog, you probably agree with me that beauty comes from the inside out. To make sure our hair, skin and nails are strong, we need to make sure our bodies are properly nourished. B vitamins are important for hair growth in general, while vitamin E ensures that our lashes (and hair) are moist. Silica is a mineral found in our connective tissue, notably our bones, cartilage, skin, teeth and hair. I have taken silica on and off for years and have found it to be an excellent support for skin and hair healthiness, making it a wonderful supplement for strengthening lashes.