If you’re feeling less than enthusiastic about the length of your lashes, you’re not alone. Many of us feel that the hairs on the tips of our eyelids don’t quite live up to their potential. Lashes fall out for a number of reasons, anything from stress to a bad mascara could be to blame. It’s not all doom and gloom though, there is hope!
Why your lashes are falling out
Like we said it could be your mascara or maybe it’s your stress level, but those aren’t the only reasons.
You’re getting older, your lashes are too
Surprise, surprise! Your skin isn’t the only thing that changes as you get older. Just like the natural processes of our skin breakdown over time, so do our lashes. Turnover isn’t as quick and your lashes aren’t as strong.
Your stress level is way too high
This may or may not come as a shock to you, but when you stress out, that sends your body into a whole slew of stress too. Enter cortisol. This heinous little guy is also known as the primary hormone released into your body when you go into primal “fight or flight” mode. Aside from the usual signs of increased heart rate, flushed face and being mentally scattered, this hormone also has its effects on your skin and hair. Feel like your eyelashes are falling out at a faster rate? Check your pulse.
You’re using waterproof mascara WAY too much
In order to make a water-resistant mascara, is it any wonder one of the primary agents in the formula is drying the heck out of your eyelashes? On top of that, being that the formula isn’t water-soluble, you put all that extra work into scrubbing just to get your mascara off? This is causing major wear and tear on your eyelashes out and making them brittle, weak and may even cause them to split. Yikes.
Your lashes are replacing themselves
Another reason your lashes could be falling out is due to their natural cycle! At any given time, the 100-150 hairs that make up your lashes are all in different stages of development. Your lashes grow (anagen), they stop growing (catagen) and the hair follicle shrinks, and then there is a period of about 100 days between this stage and when they fall out (telogen).
How to Get Longer Lashes
Identifying the cause of your eyelash loss is the first step in solving the problem. Accepting your weak, brittle, split lashes is not an option here. If you’ve found the reason for your sad lashes is because you’re using a waterproof mascara, the first step is to immediately throw it in the trash. Second step is to begin the rejuvenation process.
Remove eye makeup gently
There is a reason makeup remover seems so magical. Its ability to remove your eye makeup without so much as a swipe is pretty amazing, both for your watch and for your lashes.