How to Take Proper Eyelash Care?

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Q: I am looking for the effective tips to take care of my eyelashes. I am happy with my lashes but it is always better* to start taking care.
Expert Answer

People always say “The eyes are the windows to the soul”. People usually joke that this makes the eyelashes the curtains. They kind of have a point though. The eyelashes, as subtle as they are, can change the way the eyes look. If your lashes are healthy, your eyes will look clear, bright and inviting. On the flip side, if you don’t maintain your eye lashes you can end up looking dull and tired. It is important to care for this sensitive area. Here are some tips on how to take care of your eye lashes.

Take off Your Makeup

Take Proper Eyelash Care

Many women rely on the magic* of mascara since this opens up the eyes and defines the eye lashes. However, many forget to take their mascara off every night. The eye lashes, like normal hair on your scalp, can dry up and become brittle if not properly cared for. This could lead to breakage and your lashes can become weak and will start to fall off. This could also lead to an eye infection since sleeping with your mascara on (or any eye product for that matter) heightens the probability of you rubbing it into your eyes.

Before going to sleep, washing your face is not enough since most eye make-up is produced to be waterproof. The important thing to note in eye make-up removal is that, there is no rush. There is no need to tug on the eye lashes in order to remove* the mascara. Simply take a cotton ball and an eye make up remover or, if you want something more organic, olive oil, then gently rub on to your lash area. Always remember to use different cotton balls per eye area to lessen the risk of spreading impurities.

Brush Them Out

If you would rather not use mascara but you still want your lashes to look long and full naturally, brushing it daily will be a big help to you. Using a clean and soft bristle mascara wand, brush your lashes daily before heading out. Be careful not to brush too harshly or for too long of a time as this could cause them to fall out.

Condition Them

Another trick to have full lashes would be to apply castor oil, coconut oil or petroleum jelly to your eye lashes before sleeping and just rinsing the conditioning treatment in the morning. You have the option of either applying it using a clean mascara wand or a cotton ball, either one works as well as the other. Results will start to show in two to three months.

Don’t Rub Your Eyes

Most women know that it is a cardinal sin to rub your eyes in public since this will automatically ruin your eye make-up and will surely make you look like a raccoon. But even in the privacy of your own home, rubbing your eyes is a huge no-no since you could accidentally push in unwanted dirt and could cause an eye infection. Also, rubbing the eye area could cause damage to your sensitive lash area.

Avoid Fake Eyelashes

There are so many ways to achieve full, voluminous and healthy looking eye lashes; there is really no need for fake eye lashes. Although admittedly, they do automatically give you thick eye lashes without the need of makeup, this usually comes with a price, the glue that is used to stick on fake eye lashes can be strong and full of chemicals. Applying this often to the base of eye lashes weakens its roots. Also, taking the glue off can cause you to accidentally take some of your REAL eye lashes off.

Careful with That Curler!

Everyone is not born with eye lashes that just go on forever. So some people probably need tools like eye lash curlers to get the job done. However there are some pre cautionary measures to take before using an eye lash curler to avoid harm to both your eyes and eye lashes.

Before using your curler, remember to disinfect it first. Old make up product stuck on the curler could be a breeding ground for bacteria, and you probably don’t want that near your eyes or eye lashes. When curling your eyes always remember not to squeeze or tug too hard and to curl for only 5 seconds max so you could avoid unnecessary damage to your eye lashes.

Take a Break

Give your eye lashes a break! Every now and then, opt for a no makeup look. Your lashes will thank you for it. Giving your lashes time to breathe is extremely beneficial to their health. Mascaras are full of dye and chemicals that could stunt the natural growth of your luscious lashes.

Use Clean Mascara Brush

As you can probably tell by now, hygiene is an extremely important part of eye lash care. Mascara, can be a breeding ground for bacteria if not replaced every 3 months. However if you don’t use you mascara daily, replacing it every 6 months is also acceptable since it does not come into contact with you as often. If not replaced, not only will you get flaky, clump and dry mascara but there is a high risk of you getting an eye infection.

Eat Food with Rich Vitamins

Vitamins C, D, E and H are extremely helpful in keeping your eye lashes looking full and healthy.

Vitamin C is a normal daily supplement but can also be found in fruits such as kiwi, oranges and watermelons. Vitamin C aids* your body in its absorption of iron which is good for normal hair growth and for over all healthy hair.

Vitamin D reduces* hair loss by strengthening your hair follicle. It can be found in fish, cheeses and even in fortified cereals.

Vitamin E on the other hand is already highly popular with those that want to keep looking young and beautiful. Apparently it even boosts* hair growth.

Lastly, Vitamin H can be found in mushrooms and whole grains. Vitamin H helps rebuild* hair that is already dry and splitting, it revives your eye lashes to its healthy fullness.

Conclusion

Eye lashes, no matter how small they are, have an impact on the way a woman looks. Strong, full and long lashes usually mean a happy, healthy and beautiful woman. It is important to care for this subtle and sensitive feature. Hopefully through these tips, you can do just that.

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Expert Author : Andrea Moore (Consumer Health Digest)

Andrea Moore has been a senior writer for Consumer Health Digest for more than a decade. She specializes in in all topics related to health, fitness, nutrition, and beauty. She has also worked as a communications and marketing professional. Connect with Andrea on Facebook for constant updates on her projects.