Did I ever tell you about the time I ripped a pair of semi-permanent lashes from my eyes because I couldn’t cope with the feeling of hardened lashes?
I’m just not great with anything unnatural attached to me. Now there’s a sentence I never thought I’d write.
As much as I’m sold on the promise of accentuating my face and body, I literally freak out when it comes to enhancements that are not easily removable, be it acrylic nails or fake lashes.
I often wish I was more tolerant to treatments but I’m all about the au natural, baby, bar my hair of course, give me hair dye and highlights any day of the week! My locks are naturally long though, so having extensions has never been needed but I’m often asked if my mane is real.
(You can read my tips on getting longer hair naturally on the blog by the way).
Now, back to ripping my eyelashes off (as the real ones sadly departed with the fake) turning me into a 12-year-old boy in the process. Eek. At least I looked younger! This was a few years back and taught me an important lesson about lashes. Yes, I’m sure there are lots of delicate, gentle false lashes that last for ages out there, but knowing myself and how intolerant I am to fake anything, I won’t be trying them again.
I’ve thankfully managed to grow those balding eyes back, and whilst they are not as long as they once were, they’re fairly long and fluttery so I thought I’d share what worked for me.
How quickly do eyelashes grow back?
As with hair, there are two cycles when it comes to hair growth (on your head and lashes): the growing and the resting phase. Hair naturally drops out at the end of the resting phase so new hair can grow in its place. Eyelashes tend to grow back within 4 weeks but it can take 6 months.
Keeping up with a regular skincare routine:
When it comes to eye care, makeup remover is key, as is a skincare routine I’m consistent with. That means no sleeping in mascara which can create panda eyes and brittle, broken lashes.
I always opt for gentle products which are as natural as possible and paraben-free. You can check out my natural skincare routine for inspiration.
I love Garnier Miscellar Cleansing Water as a complete all-rounder of a cleanser followed by lashings of NIVEA day cream (for night and day). I love organic virgin coconut oil and use it as an intensive moisturiser on my face and lashes once a week. Using it more often on my face led to breakouts due to excessive oil but I use it as a conditioner on my lashes and as an under-eye cream nightly.
Olive oil is another nourishing alternative treatment for your lashes. Gently rub in a few drops to your lashes (eyes shut) and using a clean lashes brush, comb through the oil from the bottom to the top. This is ideally done at night and feeds the lashes as you sleep. Olive and coconut oil works well on your scalp too to encourage hair growth. Leave overnight and wash out the next day.
Products which promote growth can help nourish and elongate your lashes. Elizabeth Arden Prevage Clinical Lash + Brow Enhancing Serum (which you can buy at Boots for £90) and can improve eyelashes within 2 weeks and Lash Food’s collection available at Net-A-Porter work hard to treat your lashes whilst making them stand out with a strong beauty range.
Try and avoid waterproof mascara where possible which can dry lashes out by day, and make removal harder at night.
I’ve personally used lash growth products in the past too, with varying degrees of success. Shockingly, whilst some helped lengthen my lashes, they also encouraged hair growth around my eyes too (eek). This wasn’t noticeable to anyone but myself really but it freaked me out and deterred me from using them again, inspiring me to seek out more natural ways to enhance growth.
A Healthy diet
Eat a vibrant, seasonal, balanced diet full of fruit and veg for optimum health, and for your lashes too of course! I also take a high strength multivitamin which helps with PMT and monthly iron loss.
When it comes to food, your meals should be bursting with omega 3 rich fish for shiny, strong hair, Greek yogurt to help promote blood flow and the superhero that is spinach will help those lashes with its vitamin A, iron, beta-carotene, folate, and vitamin C content. Do have an iron test if you think you might be anemic, you’re doctor can take it easily. Being iron deficient can affect hair growth.
I hope these tips help boost your lashes.
I’d love to read your tips in the comments too, let me know what’s worked for you!