Grow Long Natural Eye Lashesh With This


You've probably tried pretty much everything to lengthen your lashes, but know that you're not alone—we have, too. And we have experienced firsthand the frustration of not getting the desired results, despite having tried every method in the book, including using lemon juice (yuck), coating your lashes in Vaseline, and "massaging" the lash line. The problem is that these techniques haven't been shown to work, and they might even endanger your eyes and eyelashes in the process.

We consulted doctor Hadley King and beauty mogul Andrea Starr to learn how to grow our eyelashes longer because, let's face it, we've already put them through enough.


Board-certified dermatologist Hadley King, MD, practices medical and cosmetic dermatology in NYC.

Andrea Starr is a lash expert and the creator of the Starr Beauty Products and Eyestarr Lash and Brow Boutique.

Consider Preventive Action

The best thing you can do while trying to grow out your eyelashes is to be gentle with them. Select a mascara that is simple to rinse off and a soft makeup remover. Even though waterproof solutions are wonderful for some situations, they don't do well during the removal procedure.

Also, put down the eyelash curler. In order to protect your natural lashes while they are growing, Starr advises against using a lash curler. Using lash adhesives is also not advised. (The discomfort you experience while removing your false eyelashes after a night out is real, and the adhesive may be permanently harming your lashes.) 1 Basically, none of these "quick solutions" are long-term healthy for your natural lashes.

Utilize a serum for lash growth

There are numerous effective lash-growth serums available on the market. Bimatoprost, which has been demonstrated in clinical research to cause eyelashes to grow longer, thicker, and darker, is the active ingredient in [several serums like] Latisse, according to King. The follicle continues in the growth phase for a longer period of time, which is how it works.

Many professionals consider Latisse to be the "gold standard," and King points out that it has been successfully used.

 "Find a natural, risk-free serum that you like, and use a clean brush to apply it twice daily." (Latisse, for instance, offers single-use disposable applicator brushes to reduce the possibility of bacterial or fungal contamination or illness.) Nevertheless, it's crucial to consult a dermatologist first and conduct research before selecting the best one for you.

Many over-the-counter cosmetic treatments claim to lengthen, fill up, and/or darken eyelashes, according to King. Since these products are technically "cosmetics," their effectiveness has not been thoroughly examined, and their safety has not been thoroughly investigated. These products contain a variety of ingredients, including "proprietary peptides," natural extracts, and vitamins.

Researching which eye area-safe lash serums are genuinely efficient is crucial, according to Starr, who also agrees with this. She claims that many of the lash solutions on the market include dangerous components that could cause long-term harm. Although using them can produce wonderful results, stopping use right away may result in your natural lashes falling out or weakening, among other dangerous, long-term adverse effects.

Use organic oils and gels.

There are some natural DIY techniques that might be worthwhile considering if you're wary of lash serums, wish to avoid chemicals, or have encountered irritation while using them. By nourishing lashes and reducing breakage, moisturizing substances like castor oil (do not use if you are pregnant), coconut oil, and aloe vera gel may aid in promoting hair development.

Although there isn't any concrete evidence to support the effectiveness of castor oil or coconut oil for eyelash growth, King does believe that these oils' hydrating properties might be helpful if your lashes are breaking and becoming brittle from the use of mascara, eyelash adhesives, and curling tools.

And while there isn't any concrete scientific proof that castor oil especially increases lash growth, it may have some advantages for your hair (and your lashes, by extension). According to King, "it won't harm your hair at all and may even provide some conditioning that enhances the flexibility of the hair strand."

Attempt a lash lift

A lash perm or lift, which employs a chemical solution to curl your lashes from root to tip, is an additional procedure you might want to think about. (Therefore, you may now formally put down the eyelash curler.) A lash perm uses your natural lashes in place of extensions for a completely natural look and feel.

In addition, your lash specialist might determine that your lashes are already too short, weak, or damaged for a lash perm. The procedure typically starts with a tint. You need enough (like the hair on your head) to style. Generally speaking, the procedure is painless and quite successful.

Utilize vitamin E oil.

It's no secret that vitamin E has many of advantages for hair, so why shouldn't lashes be one of them? According to a study, people with alopecia who took tocotrienol pills, a member of the vitamin E family, experienced hair growth. This was most likely caused by the vitamin's antioxidant abilities. 3

You can consume vitamin E-containing foods (such as leafy greens, almonds, and avocados), apply vitamin E oil topically, or take the vitamin in the form of supplements.

Regularly brush your eyelashes

Regularly cleaning your eyelashes may prevent damage, according to Starr. Your eyelashes can get dry and damaged just like your head hair might. Brushing your lashes will not only aid to disperse healthy, natural oils but also keep them looking long and separated (read: no clumps here).

Choose green tea.

You must be aware by this point that green tea is beneficial to your health. Did you know that it can also be advantageous for eyelashes? It may aid in calming eyes, hydrating lashes, and promoting hair development because to its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and panthenol content. Apply green tea to your lashes with a cotton pad when it has cooled to see for yourself.

Consume the Correct Supplements

If you desire long lashes in the future, Starr says taking biotin pills won't do any harm. Due to its anti-inflammatory characteristics, biotin not only strengthens and preserves hair, but may also aid in the fight against hair loss. The actions of omega-3 fatty acids are comparable. Omega-3 fatty acid-rich meals, such as salmon, almonds, and seeds, or supplements can moisten eyelashes and reduce inflammation, which promotes hair development.

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