From false lashes to lash perms and extensions, there’s a lot that we do to make it seem like we’re wearing mascara. But just like the hair on your head, all that regular treatment isn’t actually good for your lashes, and it can cause hair fallout, which is the complete opposite of our intent of making them thicker and luscious.
But then again, some of us can’t help but continue going for those treatments. After all, not all of us are blessed with long, thick lashes. Though that isn’t to say that we are not capable of growing lashes as beautiful as Khloe Kardarshian’s, who claims that she doesn’t have to wear falsies on the daily because hers are naturally thick and long. In fact, there are a lot of at-home remedies that promote eyelash growth. And if you apply these natural treatments often enough, maybe one day you’ll finally get to the stage where you no longer have to rely on those monthly spa appointments, disposable fake lashes, and possibly even your eyelash curler.
For permanently long, fluttery lashes, here are a few at-home remedies that you can add to your beauty routine.
4 Natural Ways for Stronger, Longer Lashes
1. Drink and Soak Your Lids with Green Tea
Green tea has an endless list of benefits for you overall health, so it wasn’t all that surprising to find out that it also promotes hair growth. It’s full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties the prevent baldness and aid in hair regeneration. Plus, it has EGCG which is extremely good for hair growth when applied directly to the roots.
So any time you’re at home wanting to relax with a cup of tea, opt for green tea. Let it steep for 5 minutes or so, and sip. When the tea gets cold, or nears the bottom of your cup, soak up the rest of it with a cotton ball and wipe onto your lids. This will help clean your follicles, as well as stimulate lash growth. But make sure you aren’t wearing any makeup when you do this.
2. Make an Olive Oil Lemon Peel Mask
Just like how mites can hide in your scalp and any parts of your body with hair, your lash lines are no exception. A lot of the time, the presence of such mites prevent your lashes from being healthy, ergo stunting any further growth. This is wear olive oil and lemons come in.
Olive oil has a number of benefits for your hair. Not only does it moisturize your locks, but it has a strengthening component that helps with hair growth. As for lemons, they function as a natural disinfectant, ensuring that no microbes get in the way of healthy eyelash growth.
To condition and protect your lashes, as well as treat them for growth, soak some lemon peels in a few tablespoons of olive oil. You can press the peels with a spoon to further infuse the peels in the oil. Afterwards, let it sit for a couple of days. To apply it on you lashes, use a cotton swab. You can use it as a day mask, leaving it on for a couple of hours before rinsing, or apply it as an overnight mask. Feel free to do this up to 2 times a day.
3. Have a Well-balanced Diet
As simple and obvious as this tip is, this is the one we take for granted the most. Many ailments can be solved by a simple change in diet, consuming all the right nutrients so that all parts of your body is as healthy as can be. For amazing lashes, you want to eat food that supports hair growth and nourishes your locks, so food like fish and eggs are what you want to include in your diet. If you’re vegan, soy protein, yogurt and beans will also help.
4. Apply Caster Oil Every Night
You’ve probably heard of caster oil’s natural ability to stimulate hair growth. Some people have used it on their over-tweezed brows, while others have used it to bring more life to their eyelashes. The reason why it’s an effective solution for hair loss is because it’s mostly made of ricinoleic acid, a fatty acid that both nourishes your skin and supports hair growth.
To use caster oil, make sure you’ve removed your makeup and probably cleaned your face, including your eyelids. Then dip a cotton swab into caster oil and apply on your upper and lower lash lines, carefully avoiding your eyes. Leave it on overnight, and repeat every night as part of your evening skincare regimen.
If you don’t have any caster oil on hand, you can always check out Lazada to search for natural eyelash growth serums.
Sheena is the lead fashion writer here at Pretty Me Philippines and has contributed articles for numerous lifestyle blogs and online publications. Other than keeping up with the latest trends, she loves baking and home DIY projects.