We all want beautiful, sexy eyes framed by long, fluttering eyelashes, because voluminous, long eyelashes are an important beauty feature – and as we all know, alluring eyes are enough to sweep many a man off his feet. In reality, however, it is often quite a great challenge to present your eyes to their best advantage. Eyelashes are often brittle and short, and generally in a somewhat less than perfect condition. How come?
Well, maybe it's because you’re not giving your eyelashes the care they really need. Like any other part of the body, eyelashes need to be treated with kindness, care and consideration. And quite apart from the beauty aspect, eyelashes also play an important role in keeping us healthy.
So there are many reasons why it makes sense to devote some attention to eyelash care. We’ve put together a few simple eyelash care tips for you, to help you get the beautiful eyes you’re dreaming of. But first let's take a closer look at the role eyelashes actually play in the human body.
Why do we have eyelashes?
Healthy lashes are beautiful lashes, and the longer and more voluminous they are, the more they add to your overall beauty. But that’s not the most important thing. The fact is, if you take care of your eyelashes, then you’re doing your eyes a favour at the same time. Why? Because another essential task of your eyelashes is to protect your eyes from all sorts of particles that are constantly flying around. Your eyelashes catch dust particles or even small insects before they can get into your eye, where they could cause greater damage such as infection or inflammation. Human eyes are as important for our survival as they are sensitive. If we didn’t have eyelashes, we’d be very busy cleaning our eyes all the time. Eyelashes also prevent water from getting into our eyes, for example when we’re taking a shower. Our eyebrows shield us from most of the drops – but the lashes, too, play a role in making sure we can still see well in the wet.
So if your eyelashes are in a generally bad condition, it’s not just your beauty and your self-confidence that takes a hit. Eyelash care makes sense for more reasons than one.
The eyelashes, also known as cilia in anatomical terminology, are hairs with a slight outward curl and can be found on the upper eyelid as well as on the lower eyelid. On the upper lid, the lashes are longer and more numerous – between 150 and 250 lashes with a length of about 8 to 12 millimetres, whereas on the lower eyelid you’ll only find about 50 to 80 lashes with a length of 6 to 8 millimetres. Incidentally, eyelashes have a surprisingly short lifespan: after about 100 to 150 days, they fall out and are replaced by new ones that grow in their place.
But how can you make your eyelashes look as healthy and beautiful as possible? In order to achieve this, it is important to take the best possible care of your eyelashes. Read on to discover the most important and best tips and tricks on how to care for lashes properly:
1. Use eyecare products
If you wear eye make-up every day, you should take care to use products that don’t irritate the eyelashes too much. We recommend using a mascara with nourishing properties. In addition, you can also use a lash primer. This makes lashes appear fuller and gives them extra nourishing care by protecting the lashes from drying out. Using waterproof mascara daily is not recommended, by the way, if you want your lashes to stay healthy and strong. It is more difficult to remove and the more energetically you have to rub your eyes, the more likely it is that your eyelashes will fall out ahead of time. If they fall out faster than they can grow back, the result will be lashes that are less dense and shorter than they could be.
So if you really want to use make-up on your eyes every day, then make sure you use nurturing and gentle products.
2. Eyelash curlers: How to use them without damaging your eyelashes
Eyelash curlers really give your eyelashes great curl and even more volume – that’s why so many women use them regularly. However, there is one very important thing to keep in mind when using eyelash curlers, so as not to put any unnecessary strain on the eyelashes themselves:
An eyelash curler should only ever be used before applying mascara, and never afterwards. When eyelashes are coated with mascara, they become harder and the pressure of the curler could make them break more easily. If you take care to only use the curler on your lashes before applying mascara, then there is no reason not to use it. However, here too, less is more, because using a curler too often will put extra strain on the eyelashes which can weaken them and make them fall out sooner or even break.
3. Remove your Makeup before bed
It should go without saying: if you have applied eye make-up in the morning, you should remove every trace of it in the evening. If you leave mascara on your lashes overnight, you will increase the risk of them breaking while you sleep. Mascara makes eyelashes more brittle, and its – admittedly low – weight increases the strain on the individual eyelashes, which therefore tend to fall out more easily.
But here, too, you need to be careful and gentle: Proceed with caution when removing make-up. For example, it is best to gently press a cotton pad soaked with eye make-up remover onto your eye for a few seconds so that it can take effect. Then gently wipe the make-up off your eyes without rubbing. Even the slightest mechanical stress on the eyelashes results in them falling out faster – and our goal is to help our eyelashes live for as long as possible. The longer they live, the more lashes you will have, which in turn has a positive effect on your overall appearance.
4. What your grandmother knew: Home remedies to care for your lashes
It is a vicious circle with make-up: if you use mascara regularly, it will dry out your eyelashes, they’ll become brittle and be prone to fall out more easily. The result, i.e. not enough volume and length makes us use eye make-up even more frequently. And a shorter eyelash life span is of course also synonymous with shorter eyelashes – because the more time they have to grow, the longer they usually become.
For all these reasons, eyelashes need regular care. Various oils such as olive oil, jojoba oil or castor oil have proven to be ideal for eyelash care. But how exactly do you use them?
Very simple: Brush your eyelashes with a little oil several times a week. This is best done with a Q-tip or a cotton pad. But be careful not to apply too much to avoid irritating your eyes. The natural ingredients of the oils are important nutrients for the eyelashes, and they help them become more elastic and stronger, which in turn means they will live longer.
And of course the oil should be applied onto clean eyelashes, so again, remove any traces of make-up beforehand. We recommend treating your eyelashes with oil about once a week - similarly to a conditioning hair treatment.
5. Eyelash Serum for fuller lashes
Talking of nutrients: Of course, eyelashes can and should not only be actively cared for, but also nourished with the right substances. Eyelashes are especially beautiful when they are bursting with health. So if you want thicker and longer lashes, we recommend a lash serum that contains ingredients that help lashes achieve natural beauty, density and volume. Applied regularly, eyelash serums stimulate lash growth and longevity. To apply, simply use an applicator directly on the upper outer lash line. After a few weeks, you’ll notice your eyelashes looking longer, stronger and shinier – and they’ll even have a better curl.
It can take a little longer for eyelashes to grow back if they fall out prematurely and not simply because they have come to the end of their natural life cycle. This can happen if they haven’t been cared for correctly, and this means that the affected hair bulbs need a little longer to regenerate. Especially in cases like these, serums and moisturizing creams are recommended, because they help to strengthen the hair bulbs’ hold in the skin and make the eyelashes more durable again.
6. Sport for more lashes
No, we’re not kidding – sport can help to reduce hair loss of any kind. Especially weight training in the gym can help to minimize not only hair loss but also the loss of eyelashes. This is believed to be due to improved circulation and a change in hormone levels. It’s worth a try!
How to get long-lasting curl
The more curved eyelashes are, the better they usually look. To achieve a better curl by mechanical means, we usually use eyelash curlers, and for particularly dramatic results, heated eyelash curlers are also an option. However, it is quite time-consuming to use eyelash curlers every day, and also puts a regular strain on the eyelashes. An alternative that’s been around for some years now is the permanent lash perm. The eyelashes are wrapped around a special roll and coated with a perming lotion. This procedure is very similar to a perm for the hair on your head. Only in this case, even gentler products are used, as eyelashes are generally more sensitive than hair.
A lash perm can give eyelashes a more pronounced and long-lasting curl, so that they do not have to be exposed to the daily strain of eyelash curlers.
Extreme eyelash loss? Possible signs of illness
If you want your eyelashes to look good, the most important thing is for them to be healthy. If you have the impression that they don’t look as they should, there are some signs to look out for that can indicate an underlying illness. Especially if you lose a lot of eyelashes within a short period of time, this may be a sign that you are unwell.
For example, eyelashes that stick together permanently can be a sign that you have an inflammation of the eyelid. Conjunctivitis can also cause an increased number of eyelashes to fall out. If your eyelashes are bent inwards instead of outwards, this is called entropion, a deformity of the eyelids. In cases like these, eyecare and correct eye make-up are not going to be enough, and you should definitely consult an ophthalmologist.
If your severe loss of eyelash hair is not due to an illness, then allergies can be the culprit. It is not uncommon for people to be allergic to the ingredients of certain make-up products. If you suspect that this is the case, try changing your make-up utensils for a few weeks.
Eyelash loss can also be a side effect of a hormonal imbalance. Many women lose more eyelashes around the onset of their monthly period. Have your endocrinologist carry out a hormone test to determine whether your eyelash loss has something to do with your hormones.
Another reason for chronic eyelash loss can be a malfunction of the adrenal cortex or the thyroid gland. Check with an endocrinologist to see if this could be the reason for your eyelash loss.
Eyelash care for long-lasting results
As you can see, there are some very effective ways to care for your eyelashes. Firstly, you can ensure that your lashes are generally healthy – the result is both longer and more voluminous lashes. It’s important not to put too much strain on your eyelashes – and this applies to both the use of eyelash curlers and mascara. Removing make-up is also important to give the lashes the recovery time they need to regenerate overnight. If you keep all these points in mind, then you’ll be giving your eyelashes the best possible care, and within just a few weeks you’ll be rewarded with beautiful, healthy lashes.
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