How to Use Olive Oil for Eyelashes
You have heard that applying olive oil is beneficial for your hair, and you are wondering if it might help your eyelashes grow out faster. Since the complete eyelash growth cycle can take anywhere from four to 11 months, anything you can do to help them out is beneficial. Here is what you need to know about using olive oil for eyelashes.
Does Olive Oil Help Eyelashes Grow?
Unfortunately, there is not much research on ingredients that help eyelashes grow, and this includes olive oil. While a lack of fatty acids in your diet may be linked to hair loss, there are not any studies that confirm or deny whether or not applying them topically makes a difference. Extra virgin olive oil does contain multiple compounds that may be beneficial for skin and hair health.
In particular, olive oil contains several different types of fatty acids, including linoleic acid, oleic acid and palmitic acid. These fatty acids help to condition skin and hair, regulate sebum production, encourage cell turnover, help prevent clogged hair follicles and more. They also have antioxidant properties, which helps protect your cells from free radical damage and fights early signs of aging.
Applying oils to your eyelashes can also make them look thicker, shinier and healthier in an instant. This is because the oil darkens the lashes and also reflects the light, making them look fuller and longer. The olive oil has a similar effect on your eyelashes as it does on the hair that grows from your head. Learn more about olive oil for hair growth.
How to Use Olive Oil for Eyelashes
If you would like to apply olive oil to your eyelashes, start by taking a clean mascara wand or Q-tip. Add just a few drops of olive oil: You do not want it to be dripping or else it might get in your eye, so start with a smaller amount. Use the wand or Q-tip to lightly coat your eyelashes from the roots to the tips. Leave on for 10-15 minutes, or overnight if you wish. Wash off the olive oil with water when you are done. If you still have olive oil residue on your skin, use a gentle cleanser in order to remove it.
When applying olive oil to your eyelashes, keep in mind that you will get the most benefits if you use extra virgin olive oil. This is because heat, chemicals and other refining processes break down the beneficial compounds in olive oil. Because extra virgin olive oil has been processed so little, it maintains the highest amounts of these beneficial fatty acids and, thus, will have the greatest effects on your eyelashes, hair and skin. When shopping for olive oil for eyelashes, always choose a high-quality olive oil to get the greatest benefits.
Other Ways to Use Olive Oil in Your Beauty Routine
Applying olive oil to your eyelashes is not the only way to use olive oil in your beauty routine. There are multiple other ways you can incorporate it into your daily or weekly beauty treatments. One of our favorite ways to use olive oil is as an oil cleanser for stubborn eye makeup, mascara and other cosmetics. Take a small amount of oil and rub it gently over your makeup until the pigment begins to break up, being very careful not to get it in your eye. Rinse your face with water and follow up with your regular cleanser.
Olive oil also makes a fantastic last step in your skincare routine. Applying an oil last, even after your moisturizer, seals in your other products and keeps your skin hydrated throughout the night. Just make sure to rinse it off in the morning before applying any makeup, as any remaining olive oil residue will cause it to come off your face, especially if your makeup is also oil-based.
At Brightland, we offer extra virgin olive oil that is harvested right here in the U.S. so you know you are always getting fresh oil full of benefits for your body, skin and hair.