Every lady I know wants long healthy eyelashes. I am not one to use fake lashes excessively, I only use them on special occasions to really make my makeup stand out. There are various ways to grow your eyelashes, these ways can be chemically and naturally. I personally prefer to do things naturally because I feel like products that contain chemicals can cause problems to occur in the body, but that is how I feel. Longer lashes can be achieved anyway you choose, but as for me, I use Aloe Vera and Vitamin E Oil. This is my how to grow longer eyelashes
The History Behind Aloe Vera
The first species of Aloe was described by Carl Linnaeus in 1753. Aloe Vera is a succulent plant species of the Genus Aloe. It originates from the Arabian Peninsula, however, it can grow wild in tropical climates all over the world. It is used for medicinal purposes and it is cultivated for agricultural uses as well. This particular species has been known to be used for decorative purposes; it can be grown indoors as a potted plant. You can find it in many consumer products, which include: Beverages, skin lotions, cosmetics and skin ointments.
Benefits of Aloe Vera on hair
Aloe Vera is a wonderful way to grow your lashes longer if your are wondering how to grow your eyelashes longer. Aloe Vera is present in many industries from beauty creams to healthy juices to supplements. Aloe Vera contains antiviral and bacterial properties. It contains proteolytic enzymes, they repair dead skin cells. Aloe Vera acts as a great hair conditioner; it leaves your hair smooth and shiny. It encourages hair growth, prevents itching of the scalp, and reduces dandruff.
The primary protein of hair is Keratin. Keratin consists of amino acids, oxygen, carbon, and tiny amounts of hydrogen, nitrogen, and sulfur. Aloe Vera’s chemical makeup is similar to Keratin’s make up; it rejuvenates the hair with its own nutrients, which gives it more elasticity, preventing breaking. In addition, it has anti-inflammatory properties that help soothe the scalp.
Can you apply Aloe Vera directly to your eyelashes?
The short answer to that question is yes. The most beneficial form of Aloe Vera to use on your eyelashes or hair is the raw gel of the plant.
How to properly apply raw Aloe Vera gel to your eyelashes:
- Use an old (clean) mascara brush.
- Cut the Aloe Vera leaf down the center in order to get to the raw Aloe Vera gel.
- You can either rub the mascara brush directly on the gel, or scoop it out with a spoon( Make sure you hold on tight to the Aloe Vera leaf because it slippery), place it in a container, and dip the mascara brush in raw gel in the container.
- Use a light amount of the gel; use the brush as if you were putting on mascara.
- Leave the gel on your eyelashes overnight for optimal results.
- Wash off in the morning.
Use caution, try not to get it in your eyes. I have’nt done that so far, but I do not think it would be a pleasant experience.
Sidenote: I combine Aloe Vera and vitamin E oil together and I do the above mentioned steps.
History behind vitamin E
Vitamin E was discovered in 1922, isolated in 1935, and first synthesized in 1938. Vitamin E is a fat-soluble nutrient that can come from several foods as well as supplement form. Some research shows that vitamin E has a positive impact on hair health.
Benefits and facts about Vitamin E
Natural Vitamin E is derived from vegetable oils, primarily soybean oil. Whereas, Synthetic Vitamin E is a product of petrochemicals. Though they may have the same name and some similar composites, they differ.
- Natural Vitamin E is a single stereo isomer
Stereo isomers are molecules with one or more “chiral” centres (are tetrahedral atoms (usually carbons) that have four different substituent) that allow the possibility of forms with the same chemical formula but differing spatial arrangements.
- Synthetic E is a mixture of eight stereo isomers, only one of which is the same as natural Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol).
If you are curious about how to find out which vitamin E is natural and which one is synthetic just read the back of the vitamin E bottles. Listed below are the differing two names:
- Natural = d alpha-tocopherol
- Synthetic = dl alpha-tocopheryl
Vitamin E’s roles in healthy hair has a lot to do with its antioxidant properties. They can reduce cell damage and improve hair growth. The natural antioxidant create an environment in which the scalp and the hair can grow and maintain its steady growth pattern. The vitamin’s antioxidant properties help reduce the amount of oxidative stress and free radicals that may cause the hair follicle cells in a person’s scalp to breakdown. A lot of oils contain some portion of vitamin E. It is wise that you mix vitamin E oil with a carrier oil to dilute it, if this is not done it can irritate the skin.
Will what I eat impact my eyelash growth?
Yes, the healthier you eat the more nutrition your body gets. Eating a healthy can excel your hair growth, thus, making your eyelashes grow longer, stronger, thicker, and healthier.
Vitamin E is present in a bunch of different foods:
- Leafy Greens
- Nuts and Seeds
- Vegetables oil
- Fortified breakfast cereal
You can grow your lashes from the inside out. Using a healthy diet to grow your eyelashes is better because even if you do not use vitamin E topically you will still have long beautiful eyelashes.
My final thougths
In my experience, I have learned that you need multiple things working together all at once to achieve the results you desire, growing your eyelashes longer is no different. As you can see, from reading my article, I use Aloe Vera, vitamin E and a healthy diet to do this. As always, I encourage you to do your research. Do not just take my word for it. Use the trial and error method, Milton Hershey went bankrupt a couple of times before coming up with his world-famous chocolate recipe. Do a skin patch test, and dream big, even if longer eyelashes is your only dream.
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