Everyone’s on the hunt for long, luscious lashes that are Red Carpet-worthy. And while there are many great ways to make your eyelashes grow longer, one myth that keeps recurring is crying for longer lashes.
Does it work?
If you’re curious about whether or not a good cry will result in mile-long lashes, keep reading. We’re discussing whether or not crying is the gateway to look-at-me lashes, as well as other top-notch solutions for superior eyelash growth.
Is There Medical Proof That Crying Makes Your Lashes Longer?
There is no medical proof that crying makes your lashes longer. In fact, some research claims that an abundance of stress hormones, such as cortisol, can have the opposite effect on hair growth.
So, then, why do people think that crying will lead to gorgeous eyelashes?
It’s mostly just a theory. Some people might believe it’s true because of how their eyes and lashes appear after a crying session. Others think eyelashes will grow due to increased blood flow to the face.
However, there is no evidence behind this theory. So, while you can test the theory for yourself and try crying every day for a week to see if it works, I wouldn’t recommend it.
Crying is excellent for relieving stress and pain, detoxifying the body, and even cleansing the eyelashes. Still, it also makes you feel drained and dehydrated and can lead to depression over time – and nobody wants those side effects.
How Can You Make Your Lashes Grow Naturally?
Needless to say, crying should be left for when you really need to, instead of forcefully in an effort to encourage eyelash growth. Instead, opt for one of these great ways to make your lashes grow naturally.
1. Natural Oils
Whether it’s a hair mask or a solution for stretch marks, natural oils are a common ingredient for DIY beauty treatments. Well, they are unsurprisingly an excellent option for encouraging natural eyelash growth.
The top three oils for eyelash growth include castor, Vitamin E, and olive oil. These oils are highly moisturizing and will encourage eyelash growth. Simply dip a mascara wand into your preferred oil and carefully apply it to the eyelashes.
2. Green Tea
Green tea is well known for its health benefits, and many people drink it daily (myself included). But green tea is more than just a tasty drink that’s chock-full of antioxidants; it’s also an excellent option for encouraging eyelash growth.
For this beauty treatment, you won’t drink the tea (although I suggest making a double batch, so you have a cup to sip on!).
Instead, make a batch of green tea and allow it to cool. Then, dip a clean towel or cotton pad into the green tea and swipe it across your eyelashes. The combination of antioxidants and caffeine will ensure strong, gorgeous, and ultra-long lashes.
3. Aloe Vera
This go-to remedy for sunburns can also be the top solution for eyelash growth. Aloe vera is loaded with vitamins and minerals to encourage robust, lush, and downright lengthy envy-worthy eyelashes.
The best part is that aloe vera can be safely used around the entire eye. So, if you’re struggling with dryness around the eyes, consider swiping some aloe vera gel across the area. You’ll be glad you did!
4. Biotin Supplements
Biotin supplements have been “all the rage” the past few years, and for a good reason, too. Biotin protects the heart, promotes overall brain function, repairs tissue and muscles, and improves hair, skin, and nails, including your eyelashes.
A good biotin supplement will help to increase eyelash growth safely and efficiently. Not only that, but you will get the added benefit of your skin looking superb and nails that grow like they have superpowers.
5. Lash-Growth Serum
DIY beauty remedies are great for some, but they’re not ideal for everyone. Some prefer store-bought products proven with reviews and real-life before and after pictures. Sound like you? Then consider lash-growth serum!
When searching for a good lash-growth serum, find a product that contains bimatoprost. This must-have ingredient has proven to encourage eyelash growth while also making them appear darker and thicker.
6. Eyelid Massage
Your last all-natural remedy for making your eyelashes longer is a good eyelid massage. An eyelid massage will improve blood circulation in the area, leading to eyelash growth.
When massaging your eyelids, make sure you’re being very gentle. Not unexpectedly, your eyes are pretty sensitive, and the last thing you want to do is damage them. Be extra careful and use an eyelash-growing natural oil such as olive or coconut oil to improve the results.
How Long Does it Take for Lashes to Grow?
Eyelashes typically take anywhere from six to eight weeks to grow. However, this number depends on many factors, such as genetics, hygiene, and diet. The timeframe can also change depending on whether or not you’re using one of the treatments mentioned above for eyelash growth.
What Causes Lashes to Fall Out?
As mentioned previously, there are many simple ways to enhance eyelash growth. But these remedies will mean nothing if you’re not taking the proper steps to ensure your eyelashes aren’t falling out, to begin with.
That said, here are some of the reasons why your lashes are falling out and what you can do to stop them.
1. Bad Hygiene Habits
If you don’t take good care of your lashes, you can’t expect them to grow long and strong. With that in mind, here are some of the poor hygiene habits you should avoid at all costs:
- Using expired or dirty makeup products.
- Sharing makeup products with others.
- Leaving makeup on overnight.
These can all irritate your eyelashes, causing them to fall out. Always make sure you’re using clean and current products. Never share your makeup products (especially for eyes – things like styes and pink eye can occur). Always wash off your makeup before going to bed.
2. Harsh Products
Most eye makeup products will be gentle and safe for the eyes, so you don’t need to worry too much about your makeup. The real concern is what you’re using to remove the eye makeup and moisturize it when you’re done.
Harsh makeup removers can wreak havoc on the health of your eyelashes and can cause them to fall out. Moisturizers and creams that aren’t explicitly designed for the eye can harm the lashes and surrounding skin, leading to premature fine lines and wrinkles.
The best solution is to ensure you’re using gentle products and moisturizers designed solely for the eye. After all, there is a big reason why eye products are designated “for around the eyes only.”
Being rough with your eyes is a definite no-no, but it can be hard to remember when allergy season rolls around. Whether you’re struggling with watery eyes due to allergies or feel the need to rub them after a long day at work, the key is to remember to be as gentle as possible.
You should also be gentle when applying and removing eye makeup. Some people use a gentle makeup remover, only to scrub away at their eyelashes like they’re trying to get a wine stain out of the carpet. This kind of roughness will lead to weak lashes that fall out and damaged skin.
4. Certain Conditions
Certain conditions such as alopecia, trichotillomania, and blepharitis can cause eyelashes to fall out. If you’re struggling with these conditions, it’s best to seek medical attention and professional treatment to solve the issue.
Crying does not make your eyelashes grow longer. It’s much better to stick to natural remedies such as oils, green tea, ole vera, and biotin supplements. You can also perform eyelid massages and buy store-bought serums. Always practice good hygiene habits, avoid harsh products, and don’t be overly rough in the area.