A friend happened to casually mention that she puts Lavender Oil in her mascara tube.....
Of course I asked why she would do such a thing and she told me it was to make her eyelashes grow longer and thicker. 'And does it work?' According to her it does.....
Intrigued by this idea, I dove right onto Google to find out how and why it works. What I found was a little bit scary.....
There are mites living in your eyelashes!! .....I know eeewwwee!!!
Demodex mites are face mites, many researchers attribute this microscopic critter to a large role in hair loss. Demodex has also been called “face mite” as it has been commonly associated with various skin complications of the face, such as Acne Rosacea, blackheads, and other skin irritations.
Whilst these face mites may be "harmless", posing no real treat to us, they do threaten our ability to grow naturally long clusters of eye batting beauty by degrading the health of the follicle, as the Demodex mite feeds off of sebum produced by the sebaceous glands, the hair follicle become progressively undernourished causing the hair follicle to fall out.
This may be alarming, but infact, it is perfectly normal and there have been tiny mites living all over your body your whole life and the only time they really cause a problem for most of us, is if their numbers are higher than your body can sustain.
So what can you do about these hitch hiking freeloaders to reclaim your luscious lashes?
Lavender oil and Tea Tree oil where the two most popular 'treatments' I Have come across. I would personally be very wary about what I put near my eyes but it appears a few drops of lavender oil in your mascara tube is a fairly common practice for those in the know. Certainly, according to my girlfriend it has improved the condition of her eyelashes and I have found a number of claims confirming the same.
It is suggested these oils work to keep the little kritters at bay, rather than erraticating them, but how and why they work is not conclusive.
Have you tried it? I would love to hear what you think.
|Varying in size from .1mm to .4 mm long, it lives in your pores and hair follicles, typically on your scalp, cheeks, nose, eyebrows and often in the roots of your eyelashes in numbers as many as 25 mites in a single eyelash follicle.|