As the proverb goes, “the eyes are the window to the soul.” And what could be more soulful than thick, lush eyelashes?
According to The Youthist “unfortunately, as you age you may notice that your lashes are becoming thinner and less striking without the use of makeup. Relax – there’s nothing wrong with you. Thinning lashes are a natural part of the aging process”.
However, “natural” doesn’t necessarily make thinning lashes “desirable.” Thankfully, there are ways you can reverse the signs of aging in your lashes.
Why Are My Lashes Thinning?
First, you may be wondering why your eyelashes have changed in appearance. There are actually a few reasons this may be the case.
As you may know, your hair growth patterns change as you grow older. And those changes aren’t limited to the hairs on your head – they also impact the growth and thickness of your eyelashes.
Another reason your eyelashes may show signs of aging is just normal wear and tear. There are many elements of daily life that can affect your eyelashes. Everything from saltwater and chlorine swims to just rubbing your eyes can change the texture of your lashes.
Eye infections, using mascara and eyeliner incorrectly and irritation of contact lenses will cause your eyelashes to age. Again, it’s a natural part of the aging process. But you want to know how to reverse it.
Here are the 5 best ways to get younger looking, fuller lashes
Use Cosmetics – Properly
Mascara can make a huge difference in the appearance of your lashes. New technology has led to the creation of lengthening mascaras, thickening mascaras, nourishing mascaras and more.
But it’s important to use your mascara the right way. Failing to do so can cause a lot of damage. For instance, never leave your mascara on overnight. It’ll cause your eyelashes to clump together and subsequently break or even pull out from the roots.
Instead, apply a pre-mascara primer to plump and protect your lashes. Then, select a gentle mascara to darken and extend. Never use the same tube of mascara for more than three months.
Try Eyelash Extensions
Eyelash extensions take a while to apply, but the experience is actually quite relaxing. As you lie down, your aesthetician will apply an extension to each of your lashes.
There are two types of eyelash extensions – lengthening extensions and volume extensions. Both are semi-permanent, and you’ll immediately reverse the signs of aging lashes.
Semi-Permanent Eye Makeup
Several years ago, there was a “permanent makeup” craze. Women (and men) would have makeup tattooed onto their skin. And while this eliminated a lot of care in the morning, it certainly didn’t leave much leeway for changes in styles and fashion.
Now, there’s semi-permanent eye makeup. Should you choose this treatment, you’ll be rewarded instantaneously with younger, fuller lashes. The procedure is completely safe, and you’ll have color and other treatment options.
Condition Your Lashes
As we grow older, we lose some of our ability to retain moisture. You may have noticed it in your skin, but it’s also true for your eyelashes. One of the most telling signs of aging is dry, brittle lashes which are prone to breakage.
Avoid this by conditioning your lashes. First, do a simple skin test to rule out allergies. Then, apply a thin layer of coconut oil to your lashes.
Avoid the lash line, as this may clog your pores. Leave the coconut oil on overnight, then wash off with a mild facial cleanser in the morning. Repeat this two or three times per week for younger, fuller lashes.
Nourish Your Eyelashes – And Your Eyes
Your eye health is critical to the health and thickness of your eyelashes. Nourish your eyes from the inside out.
Omega 3 fatty acids provide the structural support your eyes need. They’re also necessary for maintaining fluids (read: moisture) in your eyes.
Beta-carotene is a pigment found in peppers, carrots and other foods. Consuming beta-carotene isn’t just good for your eyesight. It also helps to protect the surface of your eyes. That means fewer infections which impact lash health.
Finally, visit your optometrist every one to two years. She can catch any disorders of the eyes which may affect aging. Preventing aging of the eyelashes before it starts is the best way to younger, fuller lashes.