We curl and mascara layer (and layer) in the hopes of appearing wide-eyed and alive, but all this focus can lead to ruptured, crunchy, even absent lashes. To put it another way, not safe. The funny thing about eyelashes is that while they are the subject of a lot of product-related conversation, no one is really talking about how they should be cared for. Lashes are very much part of our faces and so the same attention we lavish on our skin and hair should be given. What’s more, the more care you take of your eyes, the less you’ll need all the gizmos and items that swear to make them look healthier and fuller and lusher, etc. etc.
How do you treat the eyelashes as a proper part of your family of beauty? Second, be conscious of what they are: hair. That’s right, a lash is a hair forming at the eyelid’s edge and shielding the eyes from unnecessary debris like dirt, sweat and water. Basically, lashes are the first line of protection for your oh-so-sensitive eyeballs and should be handled carefully as such. The lashes on your upper eyelid are thicker than the ones on your lower lashline (about 300 vs. 100 lashes), and those on the edges are also longer than those in the middle. They are supposed to fall out gradually — a healthy lash’s lifecycle is just around three months — and 90 percent of your lashes are developing actively at any given time.
So if almost all of your lashes grow and develop almost all the time, doesn’t it make sense to regularly take care of them and not just, like, once a year when you remember? Yes, it does. And while there is no one magic bullet that can ensure safe, happy lashes, a little understanding (and a few products) goes a long way.
3 Eyelashes tips following
Select the mascara wisely.
Please skip the waterproof mascara wherever possible, for the love of all that is decent in this world. Yes sure, if you feel you’re going to tear all day, or swim or get splashed with water-filled noses, reach for a water-proof solution. But stay away from long-distance formulae for daily everyday wear. The chemical composition of waterproof mascaras is painfully drying — imagine what your hair would feel like if you blow-dried it every day and then flat-ironed it and never used a conditioner — and its very existence makes it almost impossible to remove it without taking off some lashes along the way.
Look out for an everyday mascara made with natural ingredients such as mineral pigments so as not to irritate the skin, and hydrating, nourishing ingredients such as oils, butter and waxes to help lashes healthy.
Also, pay attention to the brush: One that is lightweight and has thick bristles means you’re just going to have to add one or two coats because you’re probably going to touch all your lashes first.
Condition those lashes.
Ok, so you’re using the right mascara to the correct amount. You remove the mascara gently with the correct product every night. It stops there, right? None. In order to treat your lashes as they matter, consider conditioning them in the same way that you apply mists and serums and moisturizers to your skin every night before bed. Remember: hair is eyelashes and hair needs to be conditioned to be healthy, long, and solid. You may want to focus whatever you’re conditioning with at the end, including hair, so your scalp/eyelids won’t get greasy and irritated.
Clean with care.
Believed? Good. Now that you have decided that a regular lash cleanse is in order, you have to choose your chosen weapon. My favorite way of removing mascara is with the same oil cleanser or balm I use to remove makeup and dirt on the rest of my face. I find the oil-break-down-oil rule certainly applicable here, and leave my lashes clean without itching my eyes and skin.
If you are struggling with particularly stubborn mascara or brittle lashes, instead you may want to try a cream cleanser. Cream cleaners are super soft on lashes (while still keeping them clean), as they make sure you don’t pull them to wash mascara. For oil cleansers and balms, the motion to rub the substance into your face and circle your eyes with it is what removes the makeup, ensuring you brush your fingertips over your lashes at least 4-5 times, in addition to your second follow-up cleanse. A splash of water and 1-2 passes with the cream cleanser do the trick as long as you follow it up with a wet cotton ball to remove everything. There are also dedicated eye makeup removal items if you have the space on your bathroom shelf, of course!
As long as you take off the mascara every night and don’t lose your lashes, I say to each one of you! Find your peace with the cleanser.
You can also careprost eye drops for longer and beautiful eyelashes.