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For Your Eyes Only. For heavily-fringed, lustrous and alluring eyelashes, Castor oil and a biotin-rich diet are the perfect combination.

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For Your Eyes Only The Bridge MAG. Image

For Your Eyes Only The Bridge MAG. Image

As the application of false eyelashes among two thirds of women leaves eyelids sore, swollen, bloodshot, prone to infection, or even at risk of cancer, Castor oil would seem to be the safer alternative.

 One of the features that distinguishes men from women is their eyelashes. Women’s eyelashes tend to be longer, thicker, curlier and more alluring than men’s. In fact, eyelashes are so closely associated with femininity that they have perennially been a focus of cosmetic enhancement. The beauty industry and its salons of today charge, on average, between £100 and £350 for a full set of false eyelashes, which can take up to 95 minutes to fix.

However, the obvious beauty benefits aside, the risks associated with false eyelashes are very real. Among other risks, they can actually damage eyesight! There are very real dangers to the continuous use of false eyelashes: as an investigation into serious eye issues among celebrities uncovered, health risks range from allergic reactions and irritation to serious infections. In an article entitled ‘Eyelash extensions can pose health risks, the popular trend can cause allergic reactions, infections, and more…’ published on May 2013, physician, journalist and Medical Adviser at Consumer Reports, Dr Orly Avitzur, wrote: “The risks of eyelash extensions are not only an allergic reaction to the glue but the erosion of the inner surface of the eyelids. And they cause permanent damage to your natural lashes.” 

Fatal beauty: the flip side of false eyelashes.

 Recent studies have shown that chronic exposure to urea-formaldehyde-based materials (present in false eyelash glues can even increase cancer risk) Eyelash extensions are semi-permanent, synthetic extensions that are glued over our natural eyelashes and onto the skin of the eyelids using specially formulated glue which has adhesive properties that last for three to six weeks. Eyelash extensions are not to be confused with the self-stick strip or individual single-event accessories, those more obviously synthetic clusters of lashes knotted together.

 The only way to permanently replace one’s natural eyelashes is to have eyelash transplants. This procedure costs around £4, 500, and is performed under anaesthetic, by a cosmetic surgeon.

Eyelash extensions can easily trap dirt and bacteria. It is believed that the formaldehyde-based glue used during the process can create irritation and infection in the skin of the eyelids. The extensions themselves can also prove very difficult to safely remove. Health effects occur when urea-formaldehyde based materials and products release formaldehyde into the air.

Broadly speaking, there are no major health issues from formaldehyde air-contact, since concentrations tend to below 1.0ppm – ppm stands for Parts Per Million, generally used to measure and denote the concentration of chemical in very low quantity.- However, respiratory irritation, and even cancer risk, can result when the formaldehyde air-contact concentrations exceed 3.0-5.0 ppm. This provokes in some such warning symptoms as watery eyes, nose irritations, wheezes, coughes, as well as fatigue, skin rash, severe allergic reactions, burning sensations in the eyes and throat, nausea, and difficulty breathing in some people.

Also known as urea-methanal for its common synthesis pathway and overall structure, formaldehyde-based materials previously raised safety concerns in the 1980s, when it was first realised that its regular application caused a variety of adverse health effects impacting on the eyes, nose, and respiratory system, as well as increasing cancer risks. The bad news is that an ‘addiction’ to artificial eyelashes can cause an irreversible erosion of our natural ones.

 A spokesperson from the Royal College of Ophthalmologists recently warned that “Repeated use of eyelash extensions can cause traction alopecia, a condition where the hair falls out due to excessive tension placed on the hair shaft. If you have a bad reaction to the glue or get an infection in the area, the follicles can be affected. In severe cases, the lashes fall out and won’t grow back”.

Our eyes are some of the most amazing, sensitive and fragile of our organs. Most crucially of course, we need them to stay healthy in order to be able to see the world that surrounds us. According to anatomists, eyes are responsible for two thirds of all the information our brain receives. Eyelashes are any of the short hairs growing as a fringe on the edge of an eyelid; they protect the eyes from dust, debris, sand and flies.

According to scientists, embryo eyelashes develop from the ectoderm between the 22nd and 26th week of pregnancy; and, broadly speaking, they take about seven to eight weeks to grow back when pulled out or lost due to an eye infection. But there is no need to jeopardise the health of our eyelids in our attempt to cosmetically extend our eyelashes.

There are myriad safer, cheaper and healthier alternatives for growing longer, thicker and alluring natural eyelashes. 

 Castor Oil, the safer and natural remedy to grow long, thick and healthy eyelashes

The glamorous, dense, ‘long-fringed eyelashes look’ so many women dream of can be achieved naturally. Remember, Mother Nature is the most talented artist of them all! We seldom go wrong when inspired by nature.

Detailed below are some low-budget natural beauty and health tips for those who are desperate to grow back their eyelashes naturally after bad experiences attaching synthetic extensions, or for those who are not naturally blessed with thick-fringed eyelashes but would wish to give them more volume and density.

Castor oil is one of the most multi-propertied and popular of natural oils. In ancient times it was utilised as a remedy for skin ailments and digestive problems. Also known as the “Hand of Christ” for its near-miraculous healing properties, Castor oil is extracted from the castor bean. But while the bean itself is toxic, the oil is not –indeed, is quite the opposite. Castor oil is rich in Ricinoleic acid and antimicrobial properties, which disinfect open wounds, cure fungal skin infections such as ringworm, clean and heal minor cuts and scratches, as well as skin infections. Castor oil’s benefits are multiple.

Castor Oil for healthy eye-sight and lustrous eyelashes. The Bridge MAG. Image

Castor Oil for healthy eye-sight and lustrous eyelashes. The Bridge MAG. Image

 Castor oil cures cataracts. This natural oil also helps you to maintain healthy eye-sight and lustrous eyelashes.

 Castor oil is a yellow-coloured liquid. Its highly medicinal value is down to the abundance of antioxidant properties, which fight harmful radicals. Just a few drops of Castor oil gets rid of debris in the eyes, stops irritation, treats eyelid inflammation, and soothes conjunctivitis and multiple forms of bacterial eye infections. Used as a natural eye remedy, Castor oil is perfect for treating or protecting against dry eyes and cataracts, simply by applying one or two pure in each eye before going to bed.

By applying Castor oil every night as an eyelash serum or conditioner after removing your makeup will strengthen, lengthen and give volume to your eyelashes. Castor oil helps your eyelashes grow thicker and longer, and even prevents them from shedding. You can apply Castor oil to your eyelashes in the same fashion that you apply mascara: from the inner to the outer corner, and from the eyelash root to the tip. Use a cotton swab to wipe away any excess seepage of oil. Leave the Castor oil on your eyelashes overnight and wash it off the following morning with a mild facial wash, and then apply your makeup as you normally would. Castor oil is also commonly added to natural mascaras to encourage eyelash growth.

Beware. Before using Castor oil as an eye drop, make sure you seek advice from your ophthalmologist to check whether any medication you might be on poses a risk of negative interactions with Castor, or potentially lowers your resistance to developing an allergic reaction to the oil.

Healthy skin and hair.

Castor oil nourishes and moisturises the skin, and the hair, preventing split-ends. Used for years as a facial lotion to reduce the risk of dark shadows, marks, circles, rings, bags and wrinkles under the eyes.

Decreases stagnation of excess body fluid and lymph seepage.

Thanks to its low molecular weight, when applied to the skin, Castor oil has the ability not only to penetrate the skin, but most importantly, to reach the deeper organs of the body. According to the ancient Indian healing art, Ayurveda, Castor oil has the ability to warm the body and decrease the stagnation of excess bodily fluids produced by the lymph glands. This fluidic stagnation can cause blockages in the body’s tissues, leading to water retention and weight gain. In Ayurvedic medicine, it is common to apply a mixture of Castor oil and powdered turmeric to masses and lumps found under the skin, in order to dissolve them.

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Some food nutrients grow and thicken eyelashes naturally

There are other natural, cost-effective ways to lengthen and thicken your lashes. Certain natural food nutrients assist the growth and lustre of eyelashes. A combination of certain nutrients and the external application of Castor oil to the eyelids is the safest and most effective way to enhance one’s eyelashes naturally. Beauty issues can often be traced back to, or improved by, appropriate nutrition.

For Your Eyes Only The Bridge MAG. Image

For Your Eyes Only The Bridge MAG. Image

According to dietician Carlene Thomas, “B vitamins, and especially biotin, can help eyelashes and the hair on your head grow”; moreover, a “biotin deficiency can actually cause eyelashes to fall out.” Biotin is also believed to strengthen brittle nails and cure acne. You can boost your biotin intake by consuming natural nutritional foods such as yeast, liver, cauliflower, salmon, bananas, carrots, egg yolks, sardines, legumes, and mushrooms.

Make up accessories.

 It is also important to apply the appropriate type of mascara to complement your eyelashes. There are crucial things to take into account when choosing mascara, and important tips to follow on how to properly apply it. For those using contact lenses, if you find mascara irritates your eyes, you should opt for hypoallergenic lenses.

 Also, waterproof mascara applied for time spent on the beach should only be used for that particular purpose, and not on a routine basis: this is a harsher-propertied product which can, if used too frequently, damage the skin of the eyelids.

To sum up, eyelashes shed naturally, but can also shed unnaturally due to excessive application of synthetic extensions and related bacterial infections. However, if they start falling out in clumps, make sure you remove your eye makeup before going to bed. But above all, make good use of Castor oil on a regular basis, and introduce more biotin-rich food into your diet, such as onions, cucumbers, milk, carrots, walnuts and almonds.


The editor,

Rachel  Tcheungna

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