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The human lower lid contains 75–80 lashes dispersed in three to four rows, whereas the upper lid has 90–160 lashes scattered on five to six rows?
The daily growth rate of a lash is 0.12–0.14 mm?
The lash length rarely exceeds 12 mm?
Lashes have a life cycle consisting of three phases: the growth phase (anagen), the degradation phase (catagen) and the resting phase (telogen) after which the lash falls out and the life cycle begins again with a new lash in the anagen phase?
The anagen phase duration varies from four to ten weeks and the complete life cycle is from four to eleven months?
Only about 40% of the upper eyelashes and about 15% of the lower eyelashes are in the anlagen phase at any one time which allows eyelash growth to rotate and for them to always be present on the eyelids?
Fascinating, right?! Like a frame to a window, lashes can make a huge difference to the look of your eyes, so let's look at the top tips for maintaining luscious lashes.
1. Completely remove your mascara and eye makeup every night. Leaving make-up on eyes overnight can lead to a build-up of bacteria, which may lead to blepharitis which can cause eyelashes to either fall out or to grow abnormally.
2. Use a gentle make-up remover. The hair follicles of the eye are very fragile and trauma can lead to the hairs thinning and falling out over time. Avoid rubbing too hard (see #6) Soak a cotton pad with remover/micellar water, hold over the eye for a few seconds then gently wipe clean. You might want to use a cotton tip to get the remainder off. If you use waterproof mascara, be sure to use a remover that is designed to remove waterproof makeup.
3. Curl your lashes BEFORE mascara application. Squeeze gently to avoid weakening the roots of your lashes and/or pulling them out. Make sure it’s clean every time you use it! If you use it regularly replace the rubber every 3 months.
4. Replace your mascara every 3 months. Each time you use your mascara, you're contaminating the mascara wand with germs. Putting that wand back into the tube = a breeding ground for germs. You then put that same mascara wand REALLY close to your eyes, which can lead to infection (how many times have you stabbed yourself in the eye?!) Plus every time you take the mascara wand out and put it back in, you're putting air in the tube, making the mascara dry out and become less effective (STOP PUMPING YOUR MASCARA WANDS PEOPLE!!)
5. Ensure your mascara has lash hydrating and conditioning agents. Your eyelashes are hair so don’t skip on conditioning!
6. Don't rub your eyes. Rubbing your eyes can loosen or even pull your lashes out. If they're in the middle of the growth phase, they won't grow again until they're ready, meaning you'll be left with bald spots!
7. Eat a healthy diet. The health of any part of your body is largely dependent on whether it is getting all the nutrients that are necessary for its optimum function. Make sure you're eating enough protein, Omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin A, Vitamins B3, B6, B7 and B9, iron and calcium.