If you want more and thicker eyelashes you are no doubt wondering what, if anything, you can do to make eyelashes grow. The cool thing is that even though we don’t usually give it a lot of thought, eyelashes are just hair and our body grows hair all on it’s own.

If you want to help your body along a little bit there are several things you can do.

Your eyelashes grow in stages: the active growth stage, the ‘dormant’ stage and the falling off stage. You have approximately one third of your eyelashes in any given stage at any given time. That’s why, despite losing eyelashes all the time, you don’t ever lose them all at once (unless of course, you’ve had some sort of underlying medical condition or trauma).

Everyone has a different make up and some people will grow lashes a little more quickly than others. While this is mostly just a genetic trait, there still may be some things you can do, or stop doing, that can help you get a little faster results.

Here are some simple things you can do on your own that may help you speed up it up a little:

1. Help your body out by giving it everything it needs. Make sure that you get plenty of sleep, eat a good balance of nutritious foods and drink plenty of water. If you don’t do these things it’s like trying to race a car that has bad gas in the tank. You are only making it much more difficult on your ‘engine’.

Along with what you do and what you eat, there are things you shouldn’t do or eat. Cut way back on drinking alcohol. Your body doesn’t need this and in too high of a dose it is toxic. Stop smoking entirely. There is no known ‘safe’ number of cigarettes you can smoke. And last, but not least, cut way back on the junk food. The grease isn’t doing your body, or your waistline, any favors.

2. Keep your skin and face clean. Excess oils can affect the hair follicles which can slow down growth instead of make eyelashes grow.

3. When you were a kid you were probably told to brush your hair 100 times before bed to increase the growth. Doing that, gently, with your eyelashes can have the same effect. Make sure that you use a clean eyelash brush and be gentle, your eyelashes are pretty delicate, you don’t want to rip them out in your quest to help them grow.

4. Keeping the skin supple and soft can help the follicles grow. Massaging olive oil, aloe vera or petroleum jelly unto your eyebrows before bed has helped some people speed up the growth. Just make sure that you thoroughly wash these things off or you might only end up clogging your pores and slowing down the growth.

We all have to deal with our own unique genetic makeup… to a point. No matter how fast your body normally grows hair, there are some simple things you can do to make eyelashes grow more quickly. You can also help them be more lush and thick when they do grow.

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