If your local news has a Consumer Reports segment, you may have already heard of Latisse. There’s also an advertising campaign featuring Brooke Shields which is hard to miss. If you’ve never heard of Latisse, have a quick look at the Cosumer Reports video below or read their recent blog post.
In a nutshell, Latisse is a derivative of the glaucoma drug “Lumigan” and contains the same active ingredient (bimatoprost). The promise of longer lashes is enticing but before you head off to the doctor’s office, be sure to familiarize yourself with the potential side effects of using Latisse. There are many excellent over the counter cosmetic products that will help you achieve your goal of having fuller eyelashes. Follow some of our eyelash tips and try some of the popular lengthening mascaras before resorting to prescription drugs. If you do decide to talk to your doctor, make sure he or she is familiar with Latisse and be sure to ask them about the potential side effects.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again; removing your eye makeup before you go to bed at night should be your number one priority when trying to grow or maintain long, healthy eyelashes. Once you get into the habit of doing it, the routine will become second nature. Considering it only takes a few minutes with the right supplies and technique, you really have no excuse NOT to take better care of your lashes. You’ll only need some basic beauty supplies, many of which you probably already have on hand. Round up some hypo-allergenic baby shampoo, soft facial tissues, q-tips and cold cream and you’ll be ready to go.
Start by washing your face with lukewarm water. This should take care of any excess mascara. Use a soft facial tissue to gently clean around your eyes and wipe your lashes (be gentle!). Rub a very small amount (a few drops) of baby shampoo very gently onto your eyelids for about 20-30 seconds and completely rinse them off. You can also use a hypo-allergenic baby wipe to gently clean your eyes. Keep in mind that baby shampoo is less expensive and works just as well. Clean your face with water once more to make sure you don’t have any residual baby shampoo left on your skin and then gently pat it dry.
As always, be very careful when cleaning around your eyes and be especially gentle when cleaning your eyelashes. When it comes to baby shampoo, you can use a name brand such as Johnson & Johnson or just pick up the store brand if you want to save some money. The important thing to remember here is that you want hypo-allergenic shampoo. If the skin around your eyes feels tight after cleaning, you may use a soft q-tip to apply a small amount of your favorite cold cream. Before we sign off we should mention baby oil. If you’ve been using baby oil to remove your mascara, we recommend that you stop and start using the method outlined above. Although it may be effective, repeated use of baby oil to remove makeup can be harmful to your eyes so try to avoid using it if possible. Warm water and baby shampoo works just as well or better and is generally considered a very safe method of removing your mascara.
Connie has more than 20 years of experience in beauty and makeup so it would wise to heed her advice when it comes to longer eyelashes. Not surprisingly, she recommends a healthy diet and a healthy lifestyle. After all, whats good for your body is also good for your eyelashes. Connie also stresses the importance of removing your eye makeup before you go to bed. This is something that often gets overlooked as people have a tendency to just want to flop into bed at the end of a long day. It’s incredibly important to keep the area around your eyes clean. Not only will it help you grow your eyelashes to the maximum length that they can be, it’s also a great preventative measure to help avoid any eyelash related health problems.
Lets’ face it, every girl desires longer and more beautiful eyelashes. While some girls are born with long eyelashes they like showing off, there are some ladies who aren’t so lucky. However, there are some tips and inexpensive natural products worth using to improve the length of a woman’s eyelashes.
It can be very beneficial to apply olive oil or vitamin E oil to your eyelashes at regular intervals. These natural oils help to strengthen your eyelashes and let them grow longer before they shed. Some woman also like to apply Vaseline for longer eyelashes as it has shown some benefit when it comes to longer lashes. The difference between using Vaseline and the natural oils is that while Vaseline has a tendency to clog pores, vitamin E and olive oil don’t have this problem. Vaseline is usually applied in the evening washed off the following morning. Although it’s fine to use olive oil or vitamin E oil during the day, it will be next to impossible to use it if you plan on applying mascara. It should come as no surprise that diet also plays a very important role in the health and appearance of your eyelashes. The right nourishment and multivitamins go a long way in helping you grow longer eyelashes naturally. You’ll find Biotin is typically recommended for strengthening of hair and nails so it stands to reason that it will benefit your eyelashes as well. Always talk to your doctor before taking any supplements or multivitamins on a regular basis, especially if you are taking prescription medication.
When you wear makeup, try to avoid letting your mascara dry out on your eyelashes as this can end up breaking your lashes. To help prevent your eyelashes from drying out, it’s helpful to use an eyelash conditioner like Ultracil before you apply your mascara. Many women have claimed to get longer eyelashes after trimming them however this is considered mostly myth. If you do decide to trim your lashes, proceed with caution or leave it to a professional. If you do it incorrectly, you’ll be stuck with your mistake and be waiting a long time for your lashes to return to their normal length. And when it comes to eyelash curlers, try to be very gentle. Many older metal clamp style curlers have a tendency to pull and break your eyelashes which is obviously something you want to avoid. One of the new heated eyelash curlers would be a better option. These more modern curlers use a small heating coil to assist in curling your lashes without causing the damage of the older models. Although it is a gentle heat, it’s still important to be careful when using any device like this near your eyes. Another benefit of the heated curlers is that you can use them before or after you apply your mascara, something that’s not possible with the clamp type curlers. Try these tips and before you know it, you’ll be on your way to having longer and more beautiful eyelashes without breaking the bank.