Earlier this summer, I heard about people putting a drop oflavender essential oil in their mascara and their eyelashes started looking a ton better (longer, thicker, healthier) in just a few weeks. Well, my lashes have been so dry lately that not even Latisse is working:( I figured I’d try it too, but I wanted to know the why behind it. Well, I found out “the why.”
Apparently there are tiny little mites that live at the bottom of our hair follicles in our eyelashes. They are called eyelash mites. Based on a study in the Journal of Medical Entomology, it is estimated that about half of adults carry eyelash mites. And if you use mascara and eyeliner (that would be the majority of us ladies), it’s almost a guarantee that you have them.
Before you totally flip out, keep in mind that there usually is not an issue. Humans have been living together with mites for a long time. However, when too many mites get into the root of the hair follicle in one of your eyelashes, then that eyelash will fall out.
If you end up with an infestation of them in lots of hair follicles, then that can be an issue if you are trying to maintain long and full eyelashes.
No amount of scrubbing at the end of the day can make the mites go away (they are down in the hair follicles), BUT, there are a couple of essential oils that people have used to promote long and healthy eyelashes despite these little critters.
(1) Tea Tree Oil (technically known as Melaleuca Alternifolia) and (2) Lavender Essential Oil
I personally like the smell of lavender essential oil more than tea tree oil, so that’s what I’ve been using.
*To make sure that I’m getting the lavender on my eyelashes daily, I put just one drop of lavender essential oil in my mascara when I open a new tube and swirl my wand around the tube before applying the mascara. (IMPORTANT: I DO NOT put a drop in each time I apply – just once when I open a new tube.) Then I just apply like I normally would!
I just started doing this a few days ago and have already seen a difference!
**Please make sure to use on 1 drop!!! 2 or more will burn your eyes!!!