How to Care for Your Eyelashes


Like the hair on top of your head, the hair in your eyelashes needs care to remain lush and long. And, like the hair on the top of your head, eyelashes naturally fall out and are replaced by new eyelashes. While topical preparations such as Latisse are available to help grow new lashes, a few simple tricks should keep your lashes in great shape.

Things You'll Need

  • Olive oil
  • Q-tip
  • Oil-based makeup remover
  • Cotton balls

How to care for your eyelashes

Clean your eyes thoroughly and gently each night. Makeup can attract bacteria and cause breakage to existing lashes. When cleaning makeup from eyes, first splash the face with warm water and pat the eye area gently with a cotton ball to remove as much makeup as possible. Follow with a commercial eye makeup remover and stroke the lashes gently with a fresh cotton ball to remove all traces of makeup.

Apply olive oil to your eyelashes a couple of times a week. Do this by dipping a q-tip in the oil and gently brushing it onto your lashes. Almond oil or coconut oil can be used to get the same result, but olive oil is readily available. Apply the oil and let it sit with your eyes closed for a few minutes before rinsing with warm water. In addition, you may apply the oil before bed and leave it on throughout the night.

Replace your mascara every three to six months. While most makeup expires after a year or so, mascara needs to be replaced more often, according to Cambridge, MA dermatologist Ranella Hirsch. Waiting longer may allow the mascara to harbor bacteria which can harm the lashes.

Never rub your eyes. Rubbing eyes is similar to twisting and pulling your hair. It can cause breakage and twisting of the lashes as well as premature fallout.

Tips & Warnings

  • Adequate sleep and a healthy diet systemically help eyelashes look lush.
  • If you get olive oil in your eye, flush with warm water.

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