If you want the impact of long, wispy lashes without the upkeep of extensions or irritation of some chemical-ridden growth serums, then it’s time to assess your options.
While at-home natural remedies might not deliver overnight results or offer the same instantaneous va-va-voom as a strip of falsies, these gentle, deeply nourishing at-home alternatives do hold their own when it comes to keeping our lashes strong, soft and in abundance.
From conditioning oils to diet tweaks, here are the seven all-natural hacks for ensuring fuller, stronger lashes.
1. Coconut oil
Doubling as an effective remover for stubborn eye makeup, coconut oil also acts as a natural and non-irritating method for keeping hair follicles strong and intensely hydrated.
bh loves: Bioglan Organic Coconut Oil ($6.49 at Chemist Warehouse)
2. Olive oil
Rich in essential fatty acids, vitamins and nutrients, olive oil acts as an effective, all-natural source for the growth, strength and softening of lashes. To avoid the olive oil from streaming down your face, dip a disposable mascara brush into the oil, dab off the excess, and then lightly coat your lashes as you would a mascara.
3. Castor oil
Scan the ingredients list of most off-the-shelf eyelash growth serums and you’ll be hard-pressed to find one that doesn’t contain castor oil. And while there’s little scientific evidence backing up the claims of growth stimulation, the moisturising qualities of castor oil still offer effective benefits in the prevention of lash breakage.
As castor oil doubles as a natural laxative, this is the one lash treatment you don’t want to accidentally stream into your mouth. So to avoid any unexpected trips to the bathroom, we recommend dabbing a cotton ball into a small amount of castor oil and carefully applying it across your lash line.
4. Green tea
Green tea is no stranger to beauty must-have lists. The powerful antioxidant heralds a wealth of skin-soothing and acne-fighting benefits. And now, thanks to the abundance of flavonoids, green tea can add lash strengthener and growth-stimulator to the list.
So brew yourself two cups, one to sip on and one for your lashes. Allow the tea to cool, soak a cotton ball and apply to your lashes, washing off after four to five minutes. Repeat daily.
5. Comb lashes
To promote the healthy growth of voluminous, curled lashes, practise regular grooming and comb with a clean mascara wand twice daily.
Maintaining a diet rich in omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin B and vitamin D is an essential way to feed hair follicles, reduce hair loss and stimulate the production of collagen; all of which play an important role in the growth and strengthening of our lashes. Leafy greens, salmon, nuts and eggs are all potent sources of the nutrients required to reap the beauty benefits from within.
7. Removing your makeup
While this is less of a remedy and more of a rule to prevent breakage, thorough and gentle removal of eye makeup each night is essential in preserving the health of your lashes.
Have you ever tried any of these natural lash enhancing methods? Which is your favourite?