The Natural Girl's Guide To Growing Her Eyelashes
First off, let me say I feel slightly silly writing this blog post. There are so many big things going on in the world and I’m talking about eyelashes?!?! But i gotta say, you guys ask me about my eyelashes quite often in my ol’ DM inbox. Stop it, stop it i’m blooooshing. #jk #pleasedontstop
The reason I wanted to dig into this is because i see sooooo many people paying big bucks to get fake lashes or use expensive eyelash serums that are jam-packed with chemmies. here’s how i feel: i have no doubt that a lot of these serums seem to work— i have friends that use them and swear by them. howeverrrrrr for me personally, looking at that ingredient list of these serums freaks. me. out.
call me crazy, but I don’t really feel like lathering my eyeballs (the things that help me SEE) in synthetic chemicals day after day for something as silly as eyelashes.
but like any girl on the planet, i do prefer my lashes to be long + thick + #easybreezybeautiful
…I just wanted to accomplish this in a natural, nontoxic way.
Below are the 5 things I implemented that took my 6/10 totally average lashes to as long as they’ve everrrrr been. I am honestly kinda proud of my eyelashes, because it is PROOF that you don’t need chemicals upon chemicals to accomplish a beauty goal. Most of the time-- nature already has all ya need :) :) Enjoy, friends!
collagen, collagen, collagen!
Mmmmm, collagen. I’m guessing you’ve heard of this magical nutrient (it’s kind of having a healthcare “moment”). Are you wondering if it’s worth all the hype? Well lemme tell ya-- it is worth alllll the hype and then some.
Before I get into its eyelash-growing super powers, lemme tell ya about all the other pheneomenal stuff it does for your body. Collagen is GREAT for your gut, joints, and hair and nails. Collagen is a unique protein that is mega helpful in terms of connective tissue (think elastic and flexible). This is particularly beneficial for your joints and gut… but alllllllsooooo for the “fun” things like having youthful + plump skin, fast-growing hair, and long + strong nails
I first bought collagen in September of 2017 to help with my gut health #guthealthQWEEEEN but wasn’t opposed to it helping me obtain shiny, long hair either ;) I didn’t expect much… I thought the difference would be subtle but WOWZA. My hair. My eyelashes. My nails. Alllll transformed. Growing so fast, so strong... It is absolutely crazy what your body can do when you give it the right tools to do so. my favorite brand of collagen is this one! (You can take collagen as a pill-form supplement if you prefer!)
Orrrrr if you’re like me and like to make every thing as fun + delicious as possible, you can steal my collagen-packed daily coffee recipe.
I have this exact recipe EVERY morning and i look forward to it each and every AM. this is my best kept secret to growing my lashes… and it has a lot of added benefits: low cal, all-natural, packed with protein, and if i say so myself-- hella delicious. (like, so. good.)
KATE’S COLLAGEN-PACKED MORNING COFFEE RITUAL:
-one scoop of this (literally cannot live without this stuff. DELICIOUS is an understatement)
-one scoop of this (if you prefer sweeter coffee beverages, substitute with this version instead!)
-the organic coffee of your choice
-directions: take the hot coffee out of the pot, stir in the two ingredients, and mix it alllll up with a frother or blender until creamy and well-distributed. sweeten it up with honey or cinnamon if you like your drinks a bit sweeter. sip it up and watch your eyelashes growwwww :)
I drink one of these bevs every morning and truly this is my major secret to growing your eyelashes. Within about 10-14 days of first making this recipe, i noticed that my hair, eyelashes, and nails were soooo much stronger. If nothing else, do this step! in my opinion, it’s hands down the most bang for your buck in terms of growing your eyelashes.
the golden rule:
Okay, okay. Let me be boring here. We gotta start with the fundamentals-- if you simply start nourishing your body with whole, pure food-- your appearance will follow suit. Your skin will clear, your hair will grow faster, your digestion will ease… I know it’s so easy to “skip” this step and go straight to the secret hacks and whatnot--- but never underestimate the power of the simple, foundational choice: eat real, whole food + drink a boatload of water… and watch your body transform. From your skin to your belly allll the wayyyyy to the tippy tips of your eyelashes ;)
be gentle on those beautiful lil eyes of yours!
Okay, one more boring “duh” tip— but it’s soooo important. Removing your eye makeup is crucial in growing your lashes. As often as you can, go without mascara, but on the days you do wear it remove it well and be gentle. Being aggressive while removing your eye makeup is one of the worse things you can do! it can make lashes fall out prematurely, weaken the lashes, and ultimately stunt your eyelash growth. To remove my eye makeup I use this wonnnnderful all-natural cleansing oil. Literally, obsessed.
The beauty of it is that this step cleanses your face and removes your makeup in one step which is so great. How it works: it’s based on the principle “likes dissolves like” from high school chem class. The oil works to break up and dissolve the oil on your skin without stripping your skin of all it’s moisture. I do the classic massage the oil into my face to remove my face makeup, but i’ll also use a cotton swab dipped in oil to get any residual eye make up. It allows me to take off my eye makeup super easily, but also gently. The oil i use is allllll natural and lasts foreverrrrr. Best part? You can grab it for $16 with code KATE10 :)
all-natural eyelash growth: castor oil
Castor oil-- chances you’ve heard of it or even used it before, but it is specifically great for naturally growing your eyelashes. First things first, what’s castor oil? Castor oil is sourced from the castor bean (Ricinus communis), it is overflowing with ricinoleic acid—which is a fatty acid that particularly appears to help with fighting inflammation and promoting hair growth.
It’s often used to moisturize the scalp, activate hair follicles, and soften/smooth hair… AKA it’s perfect growing your eyelashes. I started using this about 8 months ago, i think. I was suppppper consistent at first and now I use it about once or twice per week when I remember for eyelash maintenance. It’s simple, natural and effective-- my 3 requirements for any beauty routine! When picking out your castor oil, make sure you get organic, cold-pressed castor oil to ensure you get the highest quality, most nutrient-dense version. I use this brand as it was well sourced annnnd came with a mascara tube for you travel with it/easily apply to lashes.
HOW TO USE CASTOR OIL TO GROW YOUR EYELASHES:
-before bed, take a drop or so of castor oil and rub it around the eyelid/lashline.
-next, take a mascara-like applicator to coat the lashes
-go to bed and let it work it’s magic
-rinse with warm water in the morning, if there is a little oil residue!
-that’s it! It’s that easy :)
Castor oil is an all-natural way to stimulate growth, strengthen existing lashes, and help you grow those beauties nice and loooooong. This step is sooo inexpensive and takes less than 20 seconds to do before bed. Win-win!
coconut oil it up!
You can also add some coconut oil to your eyelash regimen! This step isn’t super crucial, but it can be something you mix into your beauty regimen when you think of it! It works differently than castor oil but it is still a great tool to growing your lashes long and strong. Research has shown that coconut oil has a high affinity for hair proteins and that it can penetrate deep inside the hair shaft, resulting in lashes that are well nourished
Similar to the castor oil application: dip a mascara stick or a cotton swab in coconut oil and before going to bed apply it to the lashline/eyelashes. leave it on overnight, and then wash it off in the morning. I wish i had more to add to this step because I feel like my word count is low (ha!), but really it’s that easy. Just take 10 seconds to add this to your nighttime routine that will help ya on your way to being a long-lashed beauty queeeen.
Alright, friends! There ya have it! The natural girl’s guide to growing your eyelashes. All of these steps are inexpensive, crazy simple, and most importantly… effective! To sumarrize, here are the few items that’ll get ya on your way to growing supermodel lashes :)
Grab One Or Two or All Seven of These To Get Those Lashes Growin’:
collagen-packed cacoa mix // collagen supplement // my go-to collagen powder // castor oil + mascara applicator set // facial cleansing oil
Now I wanna know, what other topics are you wanting me to cover on this lil blog? I love hearing your thoughts! It’d mean a ton to me if you’d comment below a few ideas that you are wanting me to cover :)