Hair growing at the edges of an eyelid is called as the eyelash. It is also referred to simply as a lash. The main function of the eyelash is to protect the eye from dust particles. Due to reflexive action, the eyelashes are sensitive to touch and tend to curl by themselves on touching. There are numerous glands present in proximity to the eyelashes. Along with the protective function, eyelashes also provide an aesthetic appeal and enhance the overall look of the eyes.
Women desire to have beautiful and healthy eyelashes. They apply eye make-up to enhance the appearance of their eyes. But sometimes, use of chemicals that are present in the cosmetic materials can affect the health of eyelashes. Thinning of eyelashes is a common problem faced by many women. The thinning down of eyelashes is attributed to a varying causative etiology. Aging is the most common cause of reduced hair count of eyelashes. Other factors include hormonal changes, genetic features, skin infections involving the eyelid, improper diet and poor hygiene. Women can also experience a post-partum hair loss that can include thinning of eyelashes as well, post childbirth. Rough handling and retaining make up for long can deteriorate the health of eyelashes.
Thinning of eyelashes gives an unpleasant look to the overall aesthetic appeal of the eye. To compensate for the lost eyelashes, people either use heavy and expensive mascara or apply false eyelashes. These measures are mere substitutes and do not help in the improvement of the condition of the eyelashes. Some effective and easily available substances that can be used for enhancing the growth of eyelashes and also increasing their length are as follows:
It is a carrier oil that works wonders on the growth of eyelashes. It stimulates the follicles to produce hair growth and nourishes the developing hair. It also works as an antibacterial agent and kills the micro-organisms that prevent the growth of eyelashes. A few drops of castor oil should be applied regularly at night before bed-time to the eyelashes. This applied oil should be left overnight and then washed off will clean, lukewarm water in the morning. Visible growth and increased thickness of the eyelashes can be observed in a time span of 3 to 4 months.
This is another carrier oil that aids in the growth of hair. Apart from being a nutrient-rich edible oil, olive oil is also effective as a moisturizer for skin. It works great on eyelashes too. It is rich in oleic acid which nourishes the hair follicle and promotes hair. It also consists of Vitamin E, another good stimulant of hair growth.
A cotton ball soaked in the coconut oil and applied on the eyelashes during night time and left overnight provides nourishment and moisture to them. Improvement of growth of hair and keeping the eyelashes strong and healthy is efficiently achieved by application of coconut oil. Coconut milk can also be used to improve the growth of eyelashes. It is a rich source of essential fatty acids and proteins.
Various essential oils like sandalwood oil, rosemary oil, and lavender oil are used to make eyelashes stronger and attractive. Spreading the oil well on the eyelashes during the night and leaving it over-night gives the oil a better contact time and ensures an effective provision of nutrients to the eyelashes.
Green tea is enriched with some anti-oxidants that promote healthy growth and also makes the eyelashes longer. The flavonoids present in green tea help in maintaining the growth and health of the existing lashes.
Lemons are citric fruits, rich in Vitamin C and well known to promote hair growth. They also play an important role in improving the cleansing hair. Lemon peels also contain Vitamin B and other nutrients that aid in stimulating a healthier growth.
Petroleum jelly helps in making the skin supple and smooth. It moisturizes the skin around the eyelids and helps in promoting hair growth. Application of pure petroleum jelly increases the growth rate of eyelashes.
Shea butter is a good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin E, and other essential nutrients. It stimulates the hair follicles and promotes growth. It is also proved to improve the texture and quality of the newly growing hair. It will aid natural growth of the eyelashes.
Aloe Vera is a magic ingredient that consists of a goldmine of nourishing constituents. It is packed with various vitamins and nutrients. It aids in cell growth and stimulates the growth of shiny, strong hair. The Aloe vera gel can be used in its purest form by squeezing it out from the leaves and applying on the eyelids. It is the best option to be used in the summer season when oils applied on the eyelashes can provide a medium for the micro-organisms to accumulate and grow.
The protein content present in eggs helps in the growth of thick eyelashes. Egg also contains B-complex vitamins that help in maintaining the optimum health of hair.
Shoe flower or hibiscus is a potent cleanser and moisturizer that improves hair growth. It prevents the fall of hair and also aids in promoting new growth.
Vitamin E works as an antioxidant that acts in the prevention of hair loss. Applying a few drops of Vitamin E on the eyelashes promotes hair growth and also reduces the rate of hair-fall.
Apart from these easily available home remedies, the important means of supporting hair growth is consuming growth promoting healthy foods. Protein-rich foods like fish, legumes, beans, sprouts, green leafy vegetables are proven to aid in hair growth. Food is containing citric acid help in preventing hair fall and breakage. Eye make-up should regularly be removed since the unremoved make-up can irritate the eyelids. Massaging the eyelids also promotes hair growth. Rubbing, pulling or rough handling of eyelashes should be avoided. Lightly brushing the eyelashes with a soft brush also help in the stimulation of hair follicles.
Maintaining good hygiene and providing essential nutrients either through diet or by the topical application can provide strong, healthy and beautiful eyelashes.