Not all women are blessed with long, luscious lashes. If you’re like me who’s born with short and thin lashes, then we probably share the same frustration! It doesn’t help that we also lose around 3-5 strands of lashes per day.
Lash cycles differ from person to person but the growth cycle of an individual lash is typically around 30-90 days. The rate that your lashes grow is affected by a variety of factors such as genetics, health, age, medications, and many others. In order to be able to successfully keep your lashes healthy, it’s important that you understand the concept of the lash growth cycle.
How your lashes grow
The eyelash growth cycle has three phases, Anagen (growing), Catagen (dormant/transition), and Telogen (shedding). I can guarantee you that around 10% of your body hair is currently in the Telogen phase. But don’t panic! Despite the fact that you probably shed around 5 individual lashes per day, it shouldn’t be a cause for concern as this is totally normal.
After your eyelashes shed, the cycle would normally start over. It would take four and eight weeks before the new lashes would fully grow. The cycle for some lashes may take longer than others and can take up to six months before it completes one cycle. But generally, the lifespan of an eyelash is around 3 months. So if you notice your eyelashes shedding every day, don’t fret, as eyelashes would typically just grow and fall out as part of their cycle. Which is why it is vital to take care of the lashes you have right now.
But how exactly can you properly take care of your eyelashes? It’s actually quite simple, just follow a healthy lash routine.
Lash Routines that can help maintain healthy lashes
It’s quite common for people nowadays to follow a skincare routine to keep their faces looking nice and healthy. Similar to your face, having a lash routine can actually significantly improve the state of your lashes as well.
Cleaning your lashes
You probably make it a habit to wash your face before you go to bed in order to remove make-up residue and the excess dirt that accumulated on your face throughout the day. The same should also be done to your lashes too.
The eye area is one of the most sensitive parts of your body. When cleaning your lashes, it’s important that you handle it as delicately as possible instead of rubbing it like there’s no tomorrow!
We recommend using Lash Affair’s 3-in-1 TLC Cleanser. It can gently cleanse your lashes and eyelash extensions without irritation. Get a clean spoolie and wet it and put some of Lash Affair’s TLC Cleanser on the brush. Close your eyes and with the mascara wand, work your way up from the base to the tip of your natural lashes. Make sure that you’re able to coat all of your lashes. Gently rinse your eyes with running water and make sure that you’re able to thoroughly remove all traces of the product as well. Pat your eyes with a clean towel and you’re done! After your lashes have completely dried, you can use a clean spoolie to brush your lashes back in place.
Use a growth serum!
There are different types of growth serums available in the market, but it’s important to do your research beforehand. Read the labels on the products and check for any ingredients that may cause irritation to your eyes. We recommend Lash Affair’s Lash + Brow Growth Serum as it is packed with vitamins and peptides that can deliver nutrients straight to the follicle.
Avoid using Lash Curlers
Sure, curling your lashes may be considered as an essential part in your make up routine to help shape your lashes better but did you know that constantly using lash curlers may actually be damaging for your lashes in the long run? Tugging your lashes too hard with a lash curler may cause your lashes to fall out faster. If you want to get fuller lashes without using lash curlers every day, you can get eyelash extensions from a certified lash technician. This way, you wouldn’t have to keep curling your lashes and using mascara every time you go out.
Maintain a healthy diet
It’s been proven that food can not only affect your skin’s condition, but it can also affect your hair growth. Your hair, nails, and skin need fatty acids and proteins to flourish. Food like salmon, avocado, edamame, beans, flaxseeds, MCT Oil, and walnuts are a good source of fatty acids. You can incorporate them into your diet to help improve the state of your lashes, nails, and skin!
Drinking tea can also help with blood circulation, which can enhance hair growth by improving the health of your hair follicles. You can either brew the tea and drink it or you can also put brewed (chilled out!) tea bags on your lash line.