Eyelashes are a fundamental part of female beauty and so it’s worth knowing everything about them – from their growth cycle to their size variations to how you can nourish those lovelies!
1. They Are Our Whiskers To Protect Our Eyes
The tiny hairs on our eyelids are to keep dirt, sweat, water, and other unwanted stuff out of our eyes. It’s equally important to nourish your lashes with nightly serums and baby those lashes. Your eyelashes also tell your eyelids when they need to shut to protect the eye. Lastly, eyelashes help to shield your eyes from the brightness of the sun... but for heaven's sake please, buy a pair of sunglasses!!
2. Lashes Grow in Three Stages
Anagen phase (active growth period), it takes roughly 2 to 3 weeks for the eyelash to grow from nothing to its full length in this stage. The eyelash grows about 0.5 mm/day.
Catagen phase (transitional period), it also takes about 2 to 3 weeks during which the eyelash stops growing and the follicle closes off.
Telogen phase (resting period) is where the eyelash can hang around for up to 100 days of its life in that stage. It doesn’t grow, it doesn’t change – just makes you pretty.
3. Eyelashes Do Fall Out Daily
Each eyelash goes through the cycle in its own time, which means that you will never be lash-less, so no need to worry. One to five lashes will fall out each day. For every eyelash that falls out, it will take approximately eight weeks for a new one to come in and start growing. An eyelash's growth cycle is much shorter than the hair on your head — only 3 months, which is one reason why they don't grow very long.
Heavy mascara can weigh down delicate lashes and cause them to prematurely fall out, and the pressure of an eyelash curler can pull them out so curl your lashes before mascara.
4. There's A Big Difference Between Your Upper and Lower Lashes
You have probably already noticed the hairs on your top lid are twice as full as your lower lash line, with about 200 to 300 lashes. While the lower lid has around 100 eyelashes. Middle lashes are also longer than the top and bottom row lashes, so they vary in length, too.
Tip: You can apply false eyelashes on the bottom of your eye for an extra-fabulous look.
5. Tiny Mites Live In Your Eyelashes
I know, gross right!?! But don't worry — you need them. These are very very small parasites, only around 0.2 millimeters long, live near our eyelashes and eyebrows.
Called Demodex, and they are our friends (I know, still gross!) if you don’t get an infestation. "Eye-mites" remove dirt and debris and help clean your lash follicles to help protect your eyes from infection, so give thanks to those tiny bugs!
6. They Have Their Own Glands
The two glands are called Moll and Zeis and they release substances that keep your eyes from drying up and help to prevent bacterial growth!
7. Eyelashes Are Made of Only Two Things
Eyelashes are a composition of water (3 percent) and 97 percent keratin. Keratin is a type of protein, very common in hair, skin, and nails. Just like you, your lashes need nourishment. Aside from any type of topical, nourishment needs to come from the inside so to help keep your lashes strong eat foods like eggs, almonds, and chicken.