Let’s talk about lashes for a minute. We all want longer, darker, fuller lashes, right? I’m envious of my daughter, her lashes are amazingly long and dark! Some people are just born with great lashes, and some aren’t. What is purpose our eyelashes? Well, we have them to protect our eyes. Think about it, if something comes close to our eyes, our ninja reflexes come out and we close our eyes.
The Circle of Life (for your Lashes)
Did you know that our lashes go through a growth cycle in three parts? Each individual eyelash knows that when it reaches a certain length it needs to fall out and then re-grow. Our upper lashes have about 90 to 150 lashes and our lower ones have about half that.
The first stage is the growth phase and lasts about 30 to 45 days. About 40% of your upper lashes and 15% of our lower lashes are in this phase at any given time.
The second stage is the transition phase. Once the lashes have reached their length they stop growing and their hair follicle shrinks. If a lash were to fall out during this phase at its “unscheduled time” another one won’t grow back in until this phase has run its course. This phase is about two to three weeks.
The last stage is the resting phase. Lashes typically last three to four months before a lash falls out and a new one starts to grow. It’s a rotating cycle with your lashes. So not all your lashes fall out at once, they are on a rotating schedule.
Lash No No’s:
Don’t rub your eyes.
Don’t sleep with your mascara on. Mascara dries your lashes out. Always be sure to wash your mascara off before you go to bed. Use a make up cloth or a gentle wash and make sure you get it all off.
We think waterproof mascara is our friend, but did you know it tends to dry out our lashes?
How do I get my lashes longer?
There are several methods for this, from lash extensions to growth serums. The process for lash extensions can be time-consuming. You would see someone at a salon or med spa who has proper training in this area. That person will glue each person lash onto your eye lid. This can take hours depending on how fast they are. The nice thing, you get a nice nap and the results are instant. The downside, they need maintenance about every month to month and a half. If this is something you are considering, the cost can be anywhere from $150 to $300 for a brand new set. If you have sensitive eyes this might be possible option for you.
Give your lashes a boost in 2 seconds!
Lash boosters or lash serums are at home treatments. These you want to make sure you are consistently using every night to get the best results. These range anywhere between $10 to $150. Downside to the serums, you have to use every night and the results aren’t going to be instant. Also, if you have sensitive skin, you will probably have to try a few to see which product works best for you. The upside, they take seconds to put on at home, and they are your very own natural lashes. Rodan + Fields came out with their Lash Boost late last year and the results have amazed me!
I am a busy person so I love the simplicity of this product! As mom’s we are constantly on the go and always multi tasking. Who here isn’t going through their to do list as they are getting their brows waxed or having a massage? We ALL are!! Why? Because we never have the time to just sit in one place for 30 minutes or an hour! So why not just take 2 seconds every night and swipe Lash Boost on your eye lid like you do eye liner and grow your brows and lashes naturally??
2 seconds??? Or 2 hours???
The first thing I noticed was how dark my lashes looked on my upper and lower lashes. Then I noticed how much longer they were. Definitely take good pictures before you use your product so you can actually see your progress. I didn’t notice they had grown until I looked at my before pictures.