Friday, September 9, 2011

Lashes. Lashes. Lashes

Have you ever coveted a child's eyelashes? hildren seem to have the longest, prettiest lashes.  They're so lush and thick. I'm assuming at one point, we all had those longer, beautiful lashes, but by the time we reach adulthood, some of us are seriously lacking in the lash department. So, let's talk about lashes.

Have you ever wondered what your eyelashes were for? Well, they're not just for batting at the hot guy at the coffee shop. Eyelashes are for one thing, protection. They keep foreign objects out of the eye. And, like the hair on your head, they can fall out. 

A single lash can hang on for about three months before it falls out, and it may take two months or longer to completely grow back. We have the same number of lashes are entire lives. But, over time, we can damage our lashes and lose them.

What You Need To Know:

Watch out for mascara, ladies. Long-wearing mascaras can be tough to remove and result in aggressive lash handling. Sleeping in mascara (the stiffness can break them), and the drying effect of  water-proof mascara can be a problem as well. In fact, continual damage to your lash follicle can lead to more fragile, short, thin or even permanently damaged lashes that quit growing.

Stress and a unhealthy diet are culprits, too. Eyelid inflammation (blepharitis), chemotherapy and thyroid problems can also lead to lashes falling out.

What can you do if your lashes have taken some abuse?

Fake Lashes. That's right. Fake it until you make it. For a few bucks, synthetic lashes can be glued to your individual lashes to give you the appearance of thick, beautiful lashes. Fake lashes are really simple to apply. Check this out.

Condition them. Over-the-counter lash conditioners can really benefit your lashes. Lash conditioners contain biotin, keratin and moisturizers that strengthen lashes. The proteins in these products coat the lash to reinforce it and the moisturizers help keep lashes soft.

Try Latisse. Latisse is a serum that contains bimatoprost, a prescription drug that stimulates the follicle to enter and remain in the growing stage.

How To Use:

Apply nightly along the lash the same way that you would apply eyeliner.

The Result:

Longer, more lush lashes.

Thicker lashes in about a month, but it may take about four months to see maximum results.
What You need To Know:

It may irritate or sting.
Hyperpigmentation may occur along the lash line.
The iris may change colors of those with green or hazel eyes.
Marry this product. Once you stop using it, your lashes will return to their former state within weeks.

What You'll Pay:

$90 to $120 for a one-month supply.

Hope This Helps

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