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Can Olive Oil Make Your Eyelashes Grow Longer?

Editor's Note: This article has been recently updated with latest information and research studies.

Olive oil is known for its moisturizing properties and endless health benefits. It is extracted from the olive fruit by either pressing or squeezing it out of them. This oil has been thought to help slow down the development of some cancers and even heart disease. Rich in vitamins E & K, chlorophyll and carotenoids it is quite potent as an anti-oxidant. Mediterranean women have been reaping the benefits of this oil for centuries. One of their favorite uses for it is for making their (already luscious!) hair even softer and shinier. Luckily, this benefit also extends to shorter hairs like our eyelashes.

How to Apply?

The easiest way to apply the olive oil to lashes is to just to take a clean mascara wand dip it into the oil and apply it to your lashes like you would your favorite mascara. Another way would be taking Q-tips, submerge one tip into the oil and using the oil saturated end to apply the oil to your lashes and the base of your eyelids. If the Q-tip picks up too much oil, just squeeze it out a little bit with your clean fingers. You don’t want to get all of that oil into your eyes. Lastly you could just take some cotton balls dip it into the oil and then dab it right on to your eyes.

Use Extra Virgin Olive Oil for the best results. This kind of oil has been produced 100% mechanically by pressing and squeezing so no solvents have ever come in contact with the fruit. Also, remember to leave the oil on for about 5 minutes before washing off.

Another important reminder is to make sure to remove* any trace of the oil in the morning. Oils around the eye area can cause a problem since this could lead to a build-up. This then leads to unsightly puffiness and dark circles under your eyes. So remember to rinse the oil out properly come morning.

Does Olive Oil Really Work?

The effects are similar to that of Petroleum Jelly as it provides* much needed moisture to lashes and helps them grow to their optimum length. An added benefit of using this as treatment for short lashes is it could moisturize the skin around the eyes and help prevent the development of crow’s feet or wrinkles. Lashes fall off naturally and do so when they start becoming a little bit heavier at their bases. If you can provide a little bit of strength to the base, as olive oil does, the lashes can hang on a little bit longer and can continue to grow. Another way that this also works is by providing moisture to the hair itself. Olive oil, with its moisture rich properties, makes eyelashes healthier thus preventing any premature breakage.

A lot of people however, start using olive oil on their lashes and expect to see results in a span of 24 hours, remember that patience is a must when using olive oil. Just wait it out, and keep applying the oil on your lashes. In a month or so, you will reap the benefits of your perseverance.

Customer Review About Virgin Olive Oil

There have been mixed reviews about olive oil as a means to get longer lashes, here are some of a few.

“I have been using Olive Oil for quite some time now and sadly it did not lengthen my lashes at all. On the bright side it did soften my lashes and now they seem to be healthier and fuller. Apparently my lashes were brittle and dry from all the treatments and products I had been using on my eye area and Olive Oil fixed it right up!”

“I read in one of the threads that using a dab of olive oil will naturally lengthen the lashes. I did this and the results are amazing! I actually use extra virgin olive oil for everything. I use it on my hair, on my skin and now I’m using it on my lashes and it works every single time. Today marks my fifth day of using olive oil on my lashes and I can tell that they are looking healthier and longer already.”

Verdict

Although there have been mixed reviews about olive oil as a means to get longer lashes. I would still advise you to go for it. Olive oil is an all natural product which means that it is free from chemicals that could cause you harm. It is also so much cheaper as compared to eyelash serums and enhancers nowadays. It also takes like 2 minutes off of your daily routine to apply olive oil. Hence, there is absolutely no reason for you not to try on olive oil. If you don’t get to see results then nothing was really taken from you.