Eye Lashes

Why we have eyelashes?

Your eyelashes are meant to serve as a protective barrier to seal off your eyes from foreign objects or moisture and prevent irritation or infection. When you close your eyes, the curled lashes connect to form a seal and keep unwanted particles out. If your eyes are open, the curved shape of your lashes will help move water away from the eye. Eyelashes also help us to detect foreign objects that get too close. For example, if a gnat is buzzing by your eyes and your lashes sense that movement, they will trigger your eye to blink for protection.

Why do lashes fall out?

Bad beauty habits:

Sometimes the cause of eyelash loss is as simple as a flawed beauty routine. Sleeping in eye makeup—particularly heavy mascara—can cause eyelashes to fall out, and it can also lead to a bacterial infection. Rubbing too hard when you remove your eye makeup can also lead to lash fallout, especially when you vigorously rub off waterproof products. To avoid the problem, use Essence of Nature LLC gentle Micellar Water to cleanse your delicate eye area without the need for harsh scrubbing.

Product issues:

Curling eyelashes open your eyes even wider, but can also irritate your lashes, leading to loss—especially if done too long or too often. Limit eyelash curling to no more than 10 to 20 seconds. When you follow your curling with coats of mascara, be sure the product is fresh—mascara should be tossed after six months—to keep bacteria from transferring from the tube to your lashes.

Medical issues:

Certain medical conditions lead to lash shedding. Common reasons include both an overactive and underactive thyroid gland, as well as other hormonal changes. Additionally, alopecia areata—an immune disorder in which cells attack the hair follicles—causes lashes to fall out. This condition can affect eyelashes, brows, the scalp, and other places where hair grows. If you suspect an underlying medical cause—see your doctor—since some may require advanced care.

Make changes:

Making some lifestyle and beauty changes. Stock your diet with protein-rich foods, as well as those containing essential fatty acids; think almonds, cashews, soybeans, and salmon. Do not forget your vitamins. Also, use mascara that has conditioning properties. If you wear fake lashes, use an oil based cleanser and let your lashes fall off naturally.

Fake eyelashes:

Fake eyelashes can enhance your appearance, but often cause harm in the long run. Below is some risk if not taken care of and done properly.

  • Eye infection
  • Allergic reaction
  • Damage to natural lashes
  • Eye irritation to the cornea
  • Some lash glue or adhesives contain formaldehyde
  • Darkening of the iris
  • Can lead to alopecia
  • Can lead to blindness

How to avoid these issues:

  • Do not share your lashes.
  • Limit the amount of glue used when applying.
  • Gently remove with a cleanser (Do not rip them off. You will lose your real lashes.).
  • Avoid glue with formaldehyde.
  • Clean your eyelids with a mild cleanser.
  • Give your eyes a break (fake lashes are much heavier than real lashes).
  • Avoid lashes with glitter and jewels.
  • If you wear cheap lashes, change them often.

How to take care of your false lashes:

  • Remove with care.
  • Clean your lashes.
  • Store them back in the original case.
  • Make sure you buy good quality false lashes.
  • Use tweezers to remove excess glue on your lashes.

If you wear eyelashes and you develop any of the issues listed below, you should see a medical professional ASAP.

  • Pain
  • Soreness
  • Discharge
  • Fever
  • Blurred vision
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Sensitivity to light

Bottom line:
Now that you realize the importance of eyelashes, let us try to keep them healthy.

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