Simply eating the right foods to get longer eyelashes naturally sounds a little too good to be true, doesn’t it? But it’s not surprising at all.
We have all heard the benefits of maintaining a healthy diet, full of a variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and, of course, our 8 glasses of water each day.
Eating right not only keeps us healthy, but promotes good muscle tone and clear complexions, keeping us beautiful as well.
Most of us, however, don’t link the quality of our diets to the quality of our eyelashes. That’s a mistake.
Eyelashes – short, tough hairs growing from the edges of our eyelid -, exist as protection for the eyes, screening out dust and mites and triggering the blink reflex when unexpectedly touched.
More than just useful, women’s lashes are considered an attribute of their beauty in most cultures. This is despite the fact that women tend to have shorter and fewer eyelashes than men (yea, strange but true – want more of these eyelash facts?).
Perhaps for this reason, women have long sought to enhance their eyelashes with mascaras and eyeliners, making them appear longer and thicker.
But what if a woman has too few or too short eyelashes? Is there a natural way of enhancing their growth and appearance?
It turns out it all begins with our diet.
A healthy diet, rich in the appropriate nutrients, enhances the health of our lashes. Without proper nutrition, however, eyelashes are more likely to be dull, thin and easily breakable.
So, which nutrients are important, and where can we find them?
How to Get Longer Eyelashes Naturally
Vitamin C Really is a Beauty Vitamin
Vitamin C protects eyelashes from infections that would inhibit hair growth. It also hydrates lashes, accelerates healing, repairs follicle damage, lessens inflammation, and lowers the risk of eyelash breakage.
Good sources of vitamin C include citrus fruit, cranberries, strawberries, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, pineapples, tomatoes and kale. We also highly recommend a good Vitamin C supplement!
Note: The easiest way to get a daily dose of lash growing vitamins without downing a handful of pills is to go for an all-in-one supplement like Hair Anew Unique Hair Formula, which contains a whopping 5,000 mcg of Biotin as well as Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin B-6, Pantothenic Acid, Niacin, Zinc, and Kelp as well as helpful hair growers like Ginkgo Biloba and Bamboo extract!
Get Plenty of Protein
Protein are the building blocks of cells, comprising about 50% of a cell’s dry weight. Because hair is nearly all protein (Keratin is the protein that is the primary component of eyelashes) high-quality proteins are critical to the health of hair and eyelashes. There are two types of proteins: complete and incomplete.
Complete proteins contain all necessary amino acids in the proper amounts, which also play a role in the strength of the eyelash.
High quality complete proteins come from lean meats and poultry, fish, eggs, milk and cheese. It is also possible to combine certain incomplete proteins, like red beans and rice or corn and beans, and benefit from the full measure of amino acids.
Calcium is Good for More Than Bones
Calcium aids in eyelash growth and lengthening. It also strengthens lashes and protects against breakage.
Foods containing calcium include yogurt, cheese, milk, tofu, okra, collard greens, peas, almonds, salmon and sardines. You an also take an additional calcium supplement if you don’t get enough calcium from your diet.
Don’t Forget Vitamin E for Lashes
Vitamin E transports blood and oxygen to hair follicles, encouraging hair growth and eliminating dry and brittle lashes. It can also repair damaged hair follicles, reducing the risk of lashes falling out.
Foods that contain vitamin E include almonds, hazelnuts, kale, spinach, avocados, blueberries, sunflower seeds, safflower oil and peanut butter. And of course, a Vitamin E supplement is a great additional to your diet!
Biotin is Great for All Hair – Including Lashes
Biotin (Vitamin H) promotes cell growth and metabolism which helps in eyelash growth and prevents brittle, fragile lashes. Severe biotin deficiency can actually cause eyelashes to fall out.
Biotin is found in swiss chard, carrots, onions, cucumbers, cauliflower, almonds and walnuts, strawberries, raspberries, bananas, goat’s milk, cow’s milk, halibut, sardines and egg yolks (the whites tend to bind the Biotin, keeping it from being absorbed.)
Biotin supplements are super helpful for longer lashes – get some!
Befriend the B Vitamins
Foods rich in B vitamins will do your hair and lashes good.
Niacin (Vitamin B3) stimulates eyelash growth, prevents lashes from becoming dry and brittle, improves blood flow to hair follicles and prevents eyelashes from falling out.
Foods rich in vitamin B-3 include beef liver, salmon, tilapia, tuna, asparagus, mushrooms, sunflower seeds and peanuts.
Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5) strengthens hair follicles and keeps lashes thick and healthy.
Pantothenic acid can be found in brewer’s yeast, whole grain cereals, egg yolks, organ meats, milk, peanuts and legumes.
Pyridoxine (Vitamin B6) helps in preventing hair loss. It also helps in creating melanin, which gives lashes their color.
Vitamin B6 is best found in yeast, liver, whole grain cereals, vegetables, organ meats and egg yolks.
Don’t get enough of the above B vitamin-rich foods? Add a B-complex supplement to your diet.
Lashes Love Iron
Iron is stored in hair follicles. If the body lacks sufficient iron, these stores are drawn down and hair follicles suffer, weakening lashes and causing them to fall out.
So make sure you’re getting plenty of iron in your diet!
Sources of iron include lean and red meat, liver, salmon, tuna, dark meat poultry, oysters, iron-fortified cereals, whole grains, eggs (especially yolks), dried beans, dried fruits.
As with most things, the advice our mothers gave us still serves us well. Getting enough rest and eating right are still the keys to a beautiful countenance.
A well-designed diet that includes the nutrients listed above should serve to improve and maintain eyelash health. While it is always best to consume one’s nutrients from food, when a diet is lacking some of the elements listed it’ll be helpful to take the best vitamins for eyelashes on a regular basis!