Most women don't feel fully dressed without mascara - we all clamour for that wide-awake, fluttery look daily.
But no amount of mascara can help if you don't look after your lash assets - and this article will give you some tips on how to get and retain them.
Firstly - it's really important to know that nutrients can stimulate lash growth in exactly the same way as they stimulate the hair on your head.
You've heard the expression you are what you eat - right? Well that's where a good quality collagen supplement comes in.
Absolute Collagen has been found by top trichologist Eva Proudman to contain 7 of the 8 amino-acids that the body requires that can only be obtained from diet.
Amino-acids are the building blocks of keratin, the protein that literally makes up the hair - and they also support the natural growth cycle.
So taking Absolute Collagen daily gives your lashes the best chance possibly by literally feeding them the amino-acids they require!
Additionally, you may like to use a lash serum to support topically. There are many on the market at the moment - make sure you choose one recommended by a professional.
As well as the above - also make sure your general diet is rich in protein and vitamins - containing fish, eggs, beans, soy and yoghurt.
With this whole approach, you can't expect to see results overnight however. The natural eyelash growth cycle is around 8 weeks - so it could take up to 4 months of this kind of regime for your lashes to fully develop a luxurious appearance and thickness.
It is also imperative that you know the facts. No amount of collagen or lash serum can increase the number of lashes on your eyelids as you are born with a set amount of hair follicles and this cannot change.
However with a collagen supplement like Absolute Collagen and an all-round healthy lifestyle, you can improve the fullness and condition of the eyelash.
Going back to mascara use - make sure that when you take it off you aren't pulling or rubbing the delicate eye area too much. This can not only damage the eyelashes but also cause fine lines and wrinkles on the fragile skin around the eye. Be gentle!
Using too much force when removing eye make-up can actually damage the hair follicles and cause them to go into a non-growth, or latent, phase. Also avoid eye make-up remover with an alcohol base.
Always change your mascara every 3 months even if there is some left in the tube. This is because old mascara can cause the eyelashes to dry out or transfer bacteria.
And of course if all else fails and you still aren't happy with what Mother Nature provided you with you can opt for eyelash extensions.
There is a myth that eyelash extensions themselves can ruin your own lashes - this is actually false. As long as they are applied correctly and properly by a trained professional they are safe and will not ruin the health of natural lashes.
What will, however, is if you pull or tug the eyelash extension which CAN cause lash loss and damage, so it's really important to let them fall out naturally.
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