A pair of thick, long eyelashes beautifully makes your eyes pop, and when you have them, you can get away with wearing only minimal makeup. Here are some of the most effective ways to lengthen and thicken your lashes—keeping the lashes healthy at the same time.
Mascara removal can wreak havoc on your lashes. Be sure to use products that aren’t waterproof. Waterproof mascaras have a tendency to dry out lashes and make removal a struggle. Also, try giving your lashes a break from products and just let them breathe every once in awhile.
Petroleum (or Non-Petroleum) Jelly
Vaseline has long been a mainstay of home remedies to increase eyelash length. Just apply the petroleum jelly before you go to bed with a clean mascara wand. Wash off the jelly in the morning and repeat three times a week.
If you aren’t a fan of the original petroleum based jelly (ie. Vaseline), you could try a non-petroleum jelly.
Take advantage of the beneficial properties of green tea, such as flavonoids. Dip a cotton ball in green tea and smear it over the eyelashes. The tea will stimulate growth and help clean the follicles, allowing growth to occur.
Stimulate growth and promote healthy lashes by brushing lashes twice a day, to distribute natural oils along the length of your lashes.
Lemon Olive Oil
Olive oil protects, conditions and lengthens eyelashes. You can also enhance the already healthy properties of olive oil by adding lemon essential oil or soaking lemon peels in olive oil for a couple of days. Lemon is a natural antiseptic and antimicrobial agent. Apply mixture to your lashes at bedtime and remove in the morning.
Eating a healthy diet rich in protein and vitamins helps eyelash hair grow. Good foods to help your eyelashes grow include fish, eggs, beans and yogurt. Soy protein is also beneficial for simulating eyelash growth.
Massaging your eyelids gently can increase blood flow and may stimulate growth of lashes. After washing your hands well, use the pads of your fingers to massage along your lids and lash line.
I haven’t personally tried this YET…but many websites and blogs SWEARS by it. Make your own Eyelash Thickening Serum with Coconut Oil. It requires only 2 ingredients! Fractionated Coconut Oil and Lemon and Lavender essential oils. The fractionated coconut oil has a natural pulling action that draws out impurities and enters the eyelash follicles to stimulate regrowth. Adding 1 drop of Lemonenhances the oil’s cleansing and stimulating properties. Adding 1 drop of Lavender will nourish your lashes and follicles.
If you’re in pursuit of healthy lashes like me, give some of these a try along with me and let me know what you think of them!