Thin eyelashes making your face look dull no matter what you do? I’m sure you have gone through or thought of trying out various cosmetics to make your face look a little healthy. Fake eyelashes and cosmetics like mascara, although making you look good for the time being, will just curb the hair growth, build up dirt, and make the lashes thinner over the long term. Here are a few natural ingredients and ways you can use instead to have thick, black, luscious eyelashes:
1. Castor Oil
Castor oil doesn’t smell so great and is quite sticky. Although not too appealing, this oil can definitely help you grow your eyelashes. It stimulates the follicles and gives the lashes a luscious and voluminous growth.
How to use: Use a cotton swab or your fingers and delicately apply a few drops of castor oil on your lashes. Do this just before going to bed and do not let it get into your eyes, as it can burn quite bad. Leave it on overnight and wash it with lukewarm water. Try this for a few months to see the difference.
Goes well with: Aloe vera gel
We’ve all tried eggs in our hair products or directly applied to improve the texture of the hair. With vitamins H and B, eggs not only make hair look better but also strengthen it. This can work well for eyelashes also.
How to use: Beat one egg and apply a few drops of it on your eyelashes. Leave it on for at least 15 minutes and wash with cold water.
3. Almond Oil
In all likelihood, either you have tried or heard of someone else using almond oil to treat hair loss and thinning. And it works! Did you ever get curious about whether it would work for eyelashes too? The vitamin E and antioxidant-rich oil is nourishing and work perfectly to give your eyelashes a healthy, bright look.
How to use: Take a few drops of almond oil and apply on the eyelashes every night. Leave it overnight and wash off with water.
4. Coconut Oil
Most frequently used in Ayurvedic treatments, coconut oil is a brilliant natural remedy for reduced eyelash growth. It can increase the growth, make the lashes more luscious, and healthy.
How to use: Melt the oil, let it cool down a little, and gently apply a few drops on the eyelashes. Wash it off after a few hours or leave it overnight.
5. Aloe Vera
We resort to aloe vera for most of our aesthetic issues. This wonderful, nutrient-rich plant and gel will also help you grow luscious eyelashes. Along with promoting hair growth, it will also moisturize the skin near the lashes.
How to use: Remove any remnants of latex in the aloe vera gel by rinsing. Apply this on your lashes before going to bed. Leave it overnight and cleanse with warm water.
Goes well with: Jojoba oil and chamomile infusion; retain this mixture on the lashes only for around 15 minutes
6. Olive Oil
With a high content of vitamin E and oleic acid, olive oil gives you thicker hair. Consequently, it can also help with growing eyelashes. Not only will it increase the growth but also make it thicker and darker.
How to use: Dip an ear bud or a cotton swab in slightly warm olive oil. Apply it on the lashes just before going to bed. Leave it overnight and cleanse with lukewarm water. Try it diligently for a few months.
7. Lemon Peels
Lemon peels are rich in vitamin C, folic acid, vitamin B, and many other nutrients. All these come together to boost your hair growth. However, this is usually used as an infusion along with castor or olive oil.
How to use: Soak small pieces of lemon peels in olive oil or castor oil for 2-3 days. Then, apply this infusion on your lashes using your fingers (cleanly washed) or cotton swabs. Leave it overnight, every night, and cleanse with warm water.
8. Petroleum Jelly
When we say petroleum jelly, we don’t mean the fancy ones you might use to add some color to your lips or those you use on skin. Pure, organic petroleum jelly will make your eyelashes thicker and stronger and even moisturize your skin.
How to use: Simple apply the pure jelly on your eyelashes and leave it overnight. Wash it in the morning.
9. Green Tea
Green tea is rich in antioxidants and is used for many of its health benefits, including weight loss. However, this time, it’ll help you gain something – luscious, voluminous eyelashes.
How to use: Soak some green tea leaves in hot water and make tea as you do usually, minus the sugar or lemon. Let this soak for a few minutes, let it cool, and apply the infusion on your lashes. If possible, leave it overnight; it will be sticky! Wash it in the morning. You can store and refrigerate the excess tea in an airtight container for at least 3-4 days.
10. Shea Butter
Shea butter is a common ingredient used in hair restoration processes.1 This butter, which is rich in vitamins A and E, will also stimulate the hair follicles in your eyelashes.
How to use: Melt a small amount of butter between your fingertips. Apply on your lashes and leave it overnight, every night. Wash off in the morning.
11. Vitamin E Capsules
Vitamin E, rich in antioxidants, is capable of repairing damage to the hair follicles.2 This is frequently recommended for hair fall and will also work for increasing the volume of your eyelashes
How to use: Wash your eyelashes. Prick open the vitamin E capsules and apply on the lashes. Leave it for up to 4 hours or overnight if required.
Goes well with: Sesame, grapeseed, or carrot oil
Also known as vitamin H, this B-complex vitamin tablet can improve your hair growth, its thickness, and texture as well. Vitamin H deficiency is a possible cause of hair loss and thinning.3
How to use: Take biotin supplements frequently, as required.
Along with using these oils, you can maintain healthy eyelashes in different ways:
- Brush the eyelashes every day: This gets rid of dirt particles and prevent clogging. This will also improve blood circulation. You can brush using petroleum jelly or vitamin E oil. Apply the oil or jelly using the brush. Do so in gentle upward strokes, from the root to the tip of the lashes. Do so for at least 5 minutes, twice a day.
- Massage your eyelids: Massaging improves blood circulation to the hair follicles, making an easy way for the nutrient flow. This also enhances hair growth and prevents the lashes from breaking. Wash your hands. Take a few drops of any of the oils or jelly and massage along the lids and the line of your eyelashes. Do so in a gentle, circular motion. Massage for at least 5 minutes, twice a day.
|↑1||Francis, Sabina. “Composition and process for the treatment and restoration of hair.” U.S. Patent 5,695,748, issued December 9, 1997.|
|↑2||Burton, Graham W., and Keith U. Ingold. “Vitamin E as an in vitro and in vivo antioxidant.” Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 570, no. 1 (1989): 7-22.|
|↑3||Glynis, Ablon. “A double-blind, placebo-controlled study evaluating the efficacy of an oral supplement in women with self-perceived thinning hair.” The Journal of clinical and aesthetic dermatology 5, no. 11 (2012): 28.|