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After writing my last post on La ...

Posted Jun 10 2009 6:43pm

After writing my last post on Latisse, Allergan’s new eyelash growing drug, I started to think: In this times of penny pinching and belt tightening, not everyone is able to afford the luxury of medically lengthen eyelashes. Furthermore, not everyone is keen to use prescription medications due to risks of side effects and adverse reactions. Short of using mascaras and going for eyelash extensions or even considering eyelash transplants, are there any more natural ways of  lengthening eyelashes?

A few natural remedies claimed to promote the growth of eyelashes include topical application of castor oil, olive oil, coconut oil or vaseline. Apply nightly with a clean mascara wand before bed, taking care not to get it into your eyes. Regular trimming of the eyelash may help eyelash growth as well. These methods will not work overnight, daily consistent application is the key to longer luscious lashes. These oils basically function as an emollient, coating your eyelashes like a conditioner to keep your eyelashes moisturized and healthy.

Carefully remove eye makeup - pulling at the eye and eyelash does not help your cause. Rubbing your eyes will not help either.

Keep in mind a healthy diet is important too as nutritional deficiencies can lead to hair loss, including that of the eyelash. Vitamins A, B2, B3 and BComplex are essential for proper hair growth. Some medical conditions such as hypothyroidism may manifest as hair loss as well, so consult your doctor if you suffer from hair loss.

The above methods have been tried and tested by many and reported to work. However, there are no medical studies that support the safety or efficacy of the oils in promoting eyelash growth.

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