Every single girl out there wants eyelashes to die for, as long as possible and nice and curly too, giving us that Bambi-eyed look we lust after so much. Sadly, not many of us were blessed with perfect eyelashes (amongst many other things for that matter), so ‘faking it’, or trying to achieve it in other ways, is becoming increasingly popular.
We’ve decided to take a closer look at castor oil for eyelashes!
There are lots of nutrients and vitamins in castor oil, making it great for a whole range of homemade and DIY beauty treatments. Not only does it have antibacterial properties but it also contains proteins, minerals and one important vitamin in particular – vitamin E.
Vitamin E is well known to be great for a lot of things on the body and just one of them is on sunburn and other damaged areas of the skin to encourage new cell regrowth and recovery. If you have damaged eyelashes, castor oil works perfectly by adding those nutrients back in, as well as giving them a nice added boost of hydration too.
If you regularly suffer with eye problems such as conjunctivitis, you can help to keep the problem at bay using castor oil also, and for this purpose, the compound Undecylenic Acid comes into play, killing off any bad bacteria, fungus and bugs that could cause infections and other problems.
Over time and with repeated use of eyelash curlers, mascara, makeup remover wipes and other such things, your eyelashes can become damaged. This is definitely the case if you have a tendency to sleep in your makeup which is very, very bad for both your face and your lashes. Your makeup hardens on the lashes over night so in the morning, they are more likely to break, leaving you with uneven patches and perhaps even entire sections of no lashes at all.
Your eyes are very delicate and so are your eyelashes too.
How to use castor oil for eyelashes
You are going to want to apply the castor oil to your eyelashes at the end of the day before you go to bed. Once you have removed your makeup and cleaned your face for the day, adding moisturizer but avoiding the eyes, use your castor oil and an eyeliner brush or a Q-tip and coat your lashes from root to tip, top and bottom. Try to avoid getting any of the oil in your eyes.
Leave that oil to work its magic overnight and when you wake up in the morning, make sure you wash it off properly with warm water and a natural soap. Once you’re done, pat your face dry, don’t rub. Rubbing will irritate and damage the sensitive skin on your face, especially around the eyes.
If you struggle to get the oil off with warm water alone, use some makeup remover on a cotton wool pad, preferably one suitable for waterproof makeup.
How to buy the right castor oil
Because you’re using your castor oil for eyelashes, you want to make sure you’re using something safe to use in such a delicate place. You’ll want to make sure you’re using food grade castor oil that’s non-toxic and the best place to buy it is from health food store. Check the label, you’ll want one that states it’s been cold-processed or cold-pressed.
Other ways to use castor oil for eyelashes
You can mix castor oil with other ingredients to give your eyelashes bigger results, and faster too. You could mix equal parts of castor oil and olive oil, and you could even use vitamin E oil too. In fact, there’s a few of them – coconut oil and shea oil can also be used.
If you have some glycerin at home, you could mix your castor oil with that, or even egg white (using only a small amount) to give you maximum results. You may have heard that egg was good for your hair? Well, it’s good for your eyelashes too.
Other ways to treat your eyelashes
As well as using castor oil for eyelashes, there are a number of other home remedies you can use to ensure they are in great condition, super-strong, and grow just as long as you want them to, and just as fast!
Olive oil, as we have already mentioned, can be dripped onto a cotton wool ball and wiped over the eyelashes and eyelids last thing at night, rinsing it off in the morning.
Vitamin E oil is another great one to use in the same way, on it’s own or used with the castor oil as suggested above.
Vaseline can be used to protect the eyelashes and to give them a nice protective coating but you will want to make sure you rinse this off well. Your mascara will slide off if you still have Vaseline on your lashes when you start your makeup routine.
There are ways that you can change your diet to benefit your lashes, and the rest of the hair on your body too, and you will want to increase the amount of certain foods you eat.
For the omega 3 fatty acids, you’ll want to eat more salmon or take fish oil supplements. Green peppers can help with boron and you should also look at chickpeas, lean red meats, nuts and legumes, whole grains and green vegetables.