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WHY ARE MY EYELASHES FALLING OUT? This is a question some of us find ourselves asking, when we're facing ourselves in the mirror. See, eyelashes are just like the cells in the human body. As old cells die, new ones will rise up. But if you're one whose lashes have a rapid rate of falling out and a slow rate of growing back, that's a problem. There are a lot of reasons why your eyelashes might be divorcing you, you'd do better to fast identify the cause of your eyelash lost. Here are a couple of reasons why:

MASCARA USE You know that thing people say, 'wearing makeup to bed is not bad'. Well, wearing mascara to bed is even worse. I understand wanting to just collapse after a long day but take time to wash the makeup and mascara off. The friction of the pillow against your eyelashes damage your eyebrow. And waterproof mascaras should be a no-no. If you use them and find yourselves losing eyelashes and don't know why, that's why.

RUBBING TOO HARD When you're not gentle with the process of your makeup removal around the eyelashes and on the eyelashes, your eyebrows might find that abusive and decide to leave you... into the sink.

DOING IT WRONG If you're a fan of false lashes and lash extensions, this could be another reason because you might be removing the additions very wrongly, hence, eyelashes loss.

BLEPHARITIS It is the inflammation of the eyelid due to an infection or allergic reaction. If you have this, it's the reason you're losing your eyelashes.

ILLNESS There are so many diseases that involve rapid hair loss. If you're sick, check for the effects of the illness - if hair loss is among the effects, now you know. You can also check the effects of an illness by visiting the doctor.

EYELASH CURLER Using this puts traction on your hair and pulls your hair out.

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EYELASH GROWTH CYCLE One thing you need to understand about eyelashes is - like every other thing, it has a process. So, don't be alarmed when you look at yourself in the mirror on that Saturday morning and notice you've lost an eyelash with an evident evidence resting on your cheek. Fun Fact: Every hair on the body actually has a growth cycle. They completely replace themselves every couple years.

EYELASH FUNCTION You might look at eyelashes like they're just a beauty feature, but their importance goes past that. It could be said that they're designed to protect our eyes from whatever it may be that might find itself in the air and floating towards our eyes. You could also call Eyelashes, sensory hairs, because when dust or dirt is about to get into the eye, they reflexively shut close. The upper lid of the eyelashes has about 90 to 150 lashes on it, and the bottom, between 70 and 80 lashes. And they are mostly just 10mm long.

GROWTH PHASE The growth phase is also called the anagen phase. During this time is when the lashes are growing actively, and it goes on for a period of 30-45 days. Each lash grows to a specific length and then stops. But only about 40 percent of the upper lash and 15 percent of the lower lash can grow together at any one time.

TRANSITION PHASE Also called the catagen phase. This phase is when the eyelash stops growing and the hair follicle shrinks. When an eyelash falls out during this time, it won't grow right back because the follicle needs to complete the catagen phase so as to move to the next one. It takes two to three weeks.

RESTING PHASE Also called the telogen phase. This phase takes more than 100 days before the eyelash falls out and a new one begins to grow. During this time, it's quite normal for some lashes to fall out. It takes four to eight weeks to fully replace an eyelash.

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HOW CAN I PREVENT EYELASH LOSS? Use an oil based makeup remover to gently remove the makeup around the eyes. You could hold a cotton round against the lids for a few second to loosen the product. Check with your doctor whenever you're ill to know the effects of it. Stop sleeping with your mascara on. For false lashes and lash extensions, when trying to remove them, do so gently or use a “Q-tip doused in an oil based cleanser to lose the glue at the lash line before pulling them off �. If you want to use an eyelash curler, heat the curler up first with a blow dryer, gives what you're trying to achieve a better result.

HOW TO MAKE MY EYELASHES LONGER, THICKER, DARKER AND STRONGER?! Regularly brush your eyelashes. You can also add a few drops of Vitamin E oil to your eyelashes. This prevents them from shedding. Apply Conditioner to your lashes before bed. Eat vitamins. Let them be part of your daily consumption. Vitamins such as vitamins B, D and E help the Eyelashes stay strong. Stop using eyelash curlers. They weaken the lashes. Massage the eyelid area and near the lashes as this helps to increase blood flow and circulation making your lashes grow.

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CASTOR OIL Castor oil is full of Vitamin E, minerals, proteins and many antibacterial materials, and also triglyceride variant of fatty acids. The nutrients castor oil provides makes it effective for healing. And that's not all it does either. It also enhances the growth of eyelashes and strengthens and hydrates the eyelashes which also means it allows the eyelashes to say, grow from childhood to adulthood without any in-between life crisis. Although it has a bad smell and taste, people still take it because, well, improving their system is more important than any smell or taste. Also, castor oil is a good agent against malnutrition. They are extensively used for this problem. They are also capable of penetrating deep into the skin and work from the inside out.

COCONUT OIL AND LAVENDER OIL These two are useful to get rid of harmful free radicals and also to increase hair growth. A study done, found that in 86 patients who used lavender to treat hair loss, over 44% saw significant hair growth. And when the two are mixed together, it is soothing and nutrient rich, plus it’s antibacterial and antimicrobial. But you could also use the coconut oil: It is safe to use in and around the eyes. It is used mostly as a makeup remover because of its kindness on the skin. If you're using it for your eyelashes, fear not if some get into your eye, even if your sight gets shaky for a minute. Remember, it is only oil. Oil is painless and it will clear soon enough. Another advantage of coconut oil is, it gives your eyelashes the appearance of being longer and fuller - like a mask, only you can tell who's under it and makes them eyelashes shine. So, instead of using Mascara, use the coconut oil instead. Among its many benefits, it also reduces protein loss in the hair. For those that didn't know, lack of protein in a hair makes it look damaged. But healthy amounts of protein in the hair makes it grow faster and fuller.

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SOYBEAN OIL As we all know, soybean oil is a natural substance. But what you might not know is that, it has moisturizing and hydrating properties, which makes it very useful in hot oil treatments - adds moisture to the hair. It can be found in the different hair conditioners and hair care products out there, making it very easy to come by. It's richness in nutrients makes it an essential to the wellbeing of one's hair. And in no way, is it as greasy as the other oils out there. In fact, that's one of its most important benefits, it isn't as greasy as the other oils. Hair-care products made with soybean oil can provide nourishment and strength to your hair while helping to maintain its natural moisture balance and adding softness and shine.

VITAMINS AND MINERALS THAT WILL MAKE MY EYELASHES GROW Eyelashes have a short growth cycle, which lasts for about 30 to 45 days. Some issues affect eyelash growth like allergic reactions, eye infections, constant eye rubbing, sun radiation, medical conditions but certain nutrients might help with your eyelash growth.

VITAMIN B-3 This vitamin has a lot of good stuff to offer the eyelashes, like fastening eyelash growth, improving blood flow to your hair follicles, aiding in cellular reproduction, preventing your eyelashes from falling out and helping your body metabolize keratin, which supports hair growth. Foods that are rich in vitamin B-3 include, salmon, peanuts, mushrooms etc. VITAMIN C It is an antioxidant that strengthens your immune system and protects eyelashes from infections, toxins and diseases that can delay hair growth. It also hydrates your eyelashes, accelerates the healing process, decreases hair follicle inflammation, repairs hair follicle damage. Foods rich in vitamin C are Brussels sprouts, oranges, grapefruits, etc. VITAMIN E This helps in improving your immune system function and protects your hair follicles from damaging free-radicals that can prevent your eyelashes from growing. The vitamin also helps to transport blood and oxygen to the hair follicles, reduces hair follicle inflammation, encourages hair growth, eliminates dry and brittle eyelashes, repairs damaged hair follicles, aids in cellular reproduction and lowers your risk of eyelash breakage. Vitamin E can be found in the following, almonds,

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VITAMIN H It encourages eyelash growth, increases blood flow to your hair follicles, thickens eyelashes, prevents eyelashes from falling out, improves the condition of your eyes and eyelashes, and helps the body absorb nutrients like fats, amino acids and carbohydrates, which stimulates and maintain healthy eyelashes. It can be found in the following, soybeans, bananas, sardines, eggs, beans etc. CALCIUM This mineral really helps a lot when talking about eyelash growth. Not only do they lengthen eyelashes, they prevent eyelash breakage and lower the risk of hair loss caused by hypothyroidism - a condition you get when your thyroid gland no longer produces enough hormones to regulate your body’s metabolic rate and blood calcium levels. Calcium can be found in yogurt, cheese, milk, tofu, sardines etc.

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IMPORTANT TO KNOW! Using false eyelashes when trying to speed up eyelash growth is bad idea. In removing them, you might pull out your real eyelashes. Eyelashes Have a Limit. And every person has a different limit. The only way to successfully extend the length of they eyelash and expand its fullness is to use eyelash growth products.

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