Who doesn’t want longer lashes? I love having long lashes and if I can get them without using the toxic glues needed for fake eyelashes (that often fall off) or chemicals in store bought mascaras, that’s perfect! Natural is always the best way and you can look very pretty and natural by working on growing your own lashes naturally. So here’s 3 great ways to grow longer eyelashes naturally that I have found to help.
Fake lashes are pretty popular, but I don’t like using the fake lashes, even for special occasions because they tend to not look very natural looking and plus, I don’ t like that you have to apply the glue to your skin. Yuck, who knows what kinds of chemicals are in that and it’s especially not good, because you have to put it so close to your eye and the skin around the eye area is super sensitive.
Sometime last year, in the fall or so, I started experimenting with using different methods to grow longer eyelashes naturally! So, I wanted to share an update with the ones I’ve been experimenting with and how they’ve been working!
I’ve been using a combination of 3 ways to grow longer eyelashes, using castor oil, a homemade eyelash boosting mixture, and massage! As you can see in my before and after picture (below at the end of the post) my eyelashes have definitely grown! That’s me in the picture above, it was taken about 2 weeks ago and you can see how great my eyelashes are looking! I’m so happy with the results!
1. Castor Oil
I think using castor oil has worked wonders for helping to grow my eyelashes! Castor oil is used not only for increasing growth of eyelashes, but also for growing your hair and for eyebrows too! It contains beneficial antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, which in combination with a rich source of nutrients aids in encouraging hair growth.
How To Use It:
Make sure to use a natural and hexane-free brand of castor oil . To use it, just wash your eye area until it is clean of any makeup or products. Then, use either your finger or a cotton swab to lightly apply the castor oil from the roots of the eyelashes to the ends of the lashes. You only need a drop or two to cover the lashes for each eye, a little goes a long way. Apply the castor oil at least a few times a week.
I was reading about the benefits of using lavender essential oil and how it can increase eyelash growth so, I made this quick DIY recipe to use on my eyelashes. Lavender essential oil helps get rid of harmful free radicals and has been shown to help significantly increase hair growth. Onestudy found that in 86 patients who use lavender to treat hair loss, over 44% saw significant hair growth. Coconut oil is a perfect carrier oil to mix it with because it is soothing and nutrient rich, plus it’s antibacterial and antimicrobirial.
What You Need:
1/2 teaspoon coconut oil
2-4 drops lavender essential oil
How To Use It:
Mix the coconut oil and lavender together and use your finger or a cotton swab to apply it along your eyelash roots down to the ends of your eyelashes.
3. Massage Eyelids
Massaging the eyelid area and near the lashes helps increase blood flow and circulation, which encourages your lashes to grow! This made perfect sense to me when I found this tip as I also do it for my hair! Every night I massage my scalp to help increase hair growth.
How To Do It:
Just use your fingers (be sure to wash your hands first) to gently massage the eyelid area along the lashes. Preferably, do it once a day or at least a few times a week.
I’ve been using each one of these methods 2 to 3 times a week for almost a year. Sometimes I occasionally forgot to do it or had a busy week, but for the most part, I tried to do each one at least 2 times a week. Note: Even though they’re longer, I don’t think they have grown much thicker. It’s hard to tell.
I’m very happy with my results! My eyelashes have definitely grown noticeably longer. In the picture above, I do have mascara on; it’s my all natural homemade mascara, which I think definitely helps my lashes to look even longer too! So, I think it’s a combination of both that has given me such great results!