Get your vitamins and minerals. There are natural ways to promote eyelash growth that are simple and cost efficient, starting with your diet. Eating healthy is the easiest way to make sure your body is getting the necessary amount of proteins. Amino acids that make up proteins stimulate your body’s natural keratin production, which is the main component of healthy hair, skin, and nails. Protein-rich foods include legumes, soy, and lean meats. You can also take a protein supplement in the delicious form of your favorite fruit smoothie. Speaking of supplements—vitamin C, E, B-3, magnesium, zinc, sulfur, and beta-carotene all contribute to hair and eyelash growth and can be found in a daily supplement.
Hydrate your lashes while you sleep. Just like your hair, dry lashes become brittle and will break off easily leaving you with short, unhealthy lashes so it’s important to condition them. Apply a thin layer of Vaseline, olive oil, or coconut oil along your lash line before you go to bed at night to moisturize dry, brittle lashes. We’ve also heard almond oil is a less greasy and effective alternative. Make sure to wash your face thoroughly in the morning because oily skin results in smeared make up.
Use a gentle eye make up remover. If it’s not already part of your routine, start using an eye make up remover along with your usual facial cleansing product. Specially designed to whisk away eye products, removers allow you to be gentler with your lashes and the area around your eyes. Pat, dab, or gently wipe the product off your eyes along with the days mascara and liner, rather than rubbing or pulling.
Replace your mascara. Better quality products have better ingredients that can help keep your lash line in tip-top shape. It’s also necessary to toss old mascara and replace it with a new tube every three to six months. Otherwise, germs can grow that can lead to eye infections if you continue to apply.
Invest in a quality eyelash curler. Sure, your old Covergirl standby has been faithfully getting the job done for years but we want bigger and better, right? We love this eyelash curler from Shu Uemura that has been named one of InStyle’s Best Beauty Buys. It really works and although is a little more pricey at $20, it’s totally worth it. The upgraded quality ensures control and safety while producing the ultimate curl.
Try a professional treatment. The priciest solution to eyelash improvement, these treatments will cost you. The number one reason women would like to improve the state of their eyelashes is to increase self-confidence. It’s true, when you look better you feel better and long, healthy eyelashes are a great place to start. Latisse is a prescription medication that when applied daily, increases the lash growth cycle and runs about $100 for each months supply. LiLash, an over the counter product, is a serum that works by fortifying and conditioning lash follicles. Enhancing eyelash appearance right at the source, LiLash can be purchased online for $140. Another option is a new treatment called LashDip. Applied at a salon by a cosmetologist, LashDip is a semi permanent lash coat resulting in long, dark lashes for up to six weeks. Accompanied by daily coats of LashSeal, the waterproof formula allows you to forgo your mascara and the worry of flaky or runny eye makeup. It costs between $200-$300 for the initial coat and salon locations can be found on the website. Make sure you are aware of any side effects of a product before you invest so you can enjoy your new and improved lashes safely.