Eyelashes are one of the most prominent features of your face. They add beauty and definition to your eyes, whether you’re wearing makeup or going fresh-faced.
Many often don’t think much about eyelash growth and tend to assume that they grow at the same pace as other hair. But the truth is, on average, eyelashes regrow every 3 to 4 months at fractions of millimeters at a time.
The rise of lash extensions and false lashes demonstrates how highly we regard thick, full lashes. But options like Latisse eyelash serum can help support healthy growth for even the most thin, sparse lashes while keeping your eyes healthy.
The Speed of Eyelash Growth
You have approximately 90 to 160 individual eyelashes to beautifully frame your eye and prevent dust and debris from causing eye damage. The lifespan of an eyelash is between 4 to 11 months. During this time, eyelashes go through 3 phases: the anagen phase, the catagen phase, and the telogen phase.
- The anagen phase is the growth phase and lasts approximately 30 to 45 days. During this time, the eyelash grows at a rate of 0.12 to 0.14 millimeters per day.
- The catagen phase is a transitional phase lasting where the eyelash stops growing, and the hair follicle begins to shrink.
- The telogen phase is the resting phase, when the eyelashes fall out before a new cycle begins.
Factors Affecting Eyelash Growth
Several factors can affect the growth of your eyelashes, including:
- Age: The growth of your eyelashes slows down over the years.
- Hormones: Hormonal imbalances can affect the growth of your eyelashes.
- Nutrition: A diet lacking in essential nutrients can lead to eyelash thinning and weaker growth.
- Genetics: The thickness and length of your eyelashes are determined mainly by genetics.
- Medical conditions: Certain medical conditions, such as trichotillomania, hypothyroidism, and alopecia, can affect eyelash growth.
- Eye conditions: Eyelid inflammation, including blepharitis or dermatitis, can affect lash growth.
How to Enhance Eyelash Growth
Many who want to enhance the volume of their lashes immediately assume that extensions and fake lashes are the only options. However, you can use noninvasive alternatives like Latisse serum under the care of your optometrist.
One solution to more fabulous lashes is Latisse, an FDA-approved prescription medication for treating hypotrichosis, a medical condition that causes sparse or thin eyelash growth. Latisse contains bimatoprost, which is known to increase the anagen phase duration and, in turn, promote eyelash growth.
Latisse is easy to use and is applied nightly with a sterile applicator to your upper lash line. It may take several weeks to see visible results, and it’s essential to follow the instructions prescribed by your optometrist to avoid adverse side effects.
It’s important to note that while Latisse can provide visible results, it’s not a permanent solution. If you discontinue using Latisse, your eyelashes will return to their original state over time. Also, it’s essential to consult an eye care professional before opting for Latisse.
Natural Growth Methods
While Latisse is the only scientifically proven method, there are natural methods that may support the growth of your eyelashes over time, including:
- Castor oil: Apply castor oil to your upper eyelashes at night.
- Aloe vera: Apply aloe vera to your eyelashes before bed.
- Green tea: Apply an unsweetened, cool green tea bag to your eyelashes at night.
- Eyelid massage: Gently massage the eyelid to help loosen oil blockages contributing to blepharitis.
Natural remedies for eyelash growth should be used with caution. Your eyes are a delicate area, so it’s a good idea to consult your eye doctor before putting anything new near your eyes.
How to Care for Your Eyelashes
Taking care of your eyelashes is essential to their growth and thickness. Some tips for eyelash maintenance include:
- Removing your makeup before bed
- Avoiding rubbing your eyes
- Using an eyelash comb to separate and detangle your eyelashes
Your eyelashes also benefit from a healthy diet with foods that promote hair growth, including:
- Iron-rich foods, such as spinach
- Fatty fish
- Sweet potatoes
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin D
Achieve Healthy Eyes & Lashes
To prevent the potential damage of lash extensions and to keep your eyes healthy, talk to your optometry team at Dr. Jennifer L. Shane & Associates for alternatives like Latisse. Schedule an appointment for an eye exam to discuss your eye health, your visual clarity, and how to make your lashes look more defined.