How to Grow Beautiful, Healthy Eyelashes

Everyone wants to be able to show off attractive, long, and healthy eyelashes. Learn about some great natural ways to get perfect lashes in this article!
How to Grow Beautiful, Healthy Eyelashes
Valeria Sabater

Written and verified by psychologist Valeria Sabater.

Last update: 27 May, 2022

We all want attractive, long, and healthy eyelashes. However, sometimes our eyelashes fall out, develop dandruff, or just aren’t as thick and long as we would like them to be.

In addition to serving an aesthetic purpose, eyelashes serve an important purpose: they protect your eyes from sunlight and prevent dirt and foreign bodies from entering your eyes.

We’d all love to have long and beautiful, healthy eyelashes, but let’s not forget that they’re absolutely necessary for sight. Thus, the stronger and thicker they are, the better they are for your health.  

Would you like to know how to get healthy eyelashes?

The Main Causes of Unhealthy Eyelashes

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Dermatologists say that the average lifespan of one eyelash is around five months, at which point it’s replaced by a new one.  Whether or not a new eyelash is develops to substitute the previous one depends on a few factors that we’re going to talk about below.

Let’s look at the primary reasons that eyelashes may sometimes grow back fragile, or even stop growing:

A bad diet

Eyelashes may grow back weak or stop growing back altogether if certain vitamins and minerals are lacking in your diet.

Eyelash loss is caused by the same things that cause hair loss. You must eat a balanced diet that covers any deficiencies in vitamin B, vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin H (biotin), and a sufficient amount of iron and magnesium. 

  • Try to introduce green vegetables into your diet, like spinach, Brussel sprouts, and broccoli.
  • In addition, make sure to include grains, like Brewer’s yeast, dried fruits like walnuts, pistachios, almonds, and Omega-3 fatty acids.

Poor makeup habits

Not taking your makeup off at night is definitely a serious mistake. A lot of people forget to take it off before going to bed, which causes filth to accumulate.

In addition, waterproof mascara is usually the most harmful because it it a lot more difficult to completely remove it from eyelashes.

  • Use an appropriate makeup remover and use slow movements while removing mascara, moving from inside out very delicately.

Using eyelash curlers

Sometimes, people put their makeup on in a hurry, which causes people to ignore the state of their eyelash curlers. The plastic used on the metal piece can easily become damaged, which ends up damaging eyelashes and can even pull them out.

You should frequently replace the plastic pad on your eyelash curlers.


This is an inflammation of the eyelid that’s caused by contact with bacteria, especially when touching your eyes with dirty hands.

Learn more about seborrhea

This happens when excessive oil accumulates on the tip of the eyelid. This causes eyelashes to get stuck to one another, which leads to white flakes forming on the eyelid.

This is quite normal in younger people, and occurs due to nutritional deficits or hormonal changes.

Remedies for Growing Healthy Eyelashes

A nourishing smoothie for eyelash health

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Drinking a good juice in the morning with all the appropriate nutrients will provide you with not only healthy and beautiful eyelashes, but also strong and shiny hair.

  • Mix two carrots, one orange, one tablespoon of honey, two crushed walnuts, and a few pine nuts.
  • Blend until the juice is smooth, and drink immediately.  

This smoothie has the perfect amount of vitamins and minerals.

Strengthen your eyelashes

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If you frequently wear makeup, remember to first use invisible mascara, which is usually sold as enriched with nourishing protectors.

At any rate, even if you don’t usually wear makeup, it’s always good to brush your eyelashes every day with a special tiny brush.

  • Spread a thin layer of Vaseline over them, or you could even use castor oil. This will make them grow more and healthier.
  • However, remember not to use too much so you don’t damage your eyes or get conjunctivitis.

Chamomile remedy

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This is perfect to do at night, and will help keep your eyelashes healthy and shiny.

In order for this remedy to work, you always have to use organic chamomile, and not the chamomile sold in tea bags.

  • All you need to do is boil two or three flowers in one cup of water.
  • Afterwards, use a cotton ball to rub it on your eyelids, moistening your eyelashes well.

According to dermatologists, this stimulates eyelid circulation and eyelash growth.

Use an appropriate eyeliner

Always try to buy mascara with panthenol, as this contains vitamin B5, ceramides, and some SPF.

Mascaras that are sold as “waterproof” are usually more dangerous for eyelashes because they’re more difficult to remove. Also, remember to keep your curler clean, as this is usually a source of bacteria.

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This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.