Either you’re born with them or you’re not. The only way to have the kind of lustrous eyelashes that really wow them is to use a combination of mascara, eyelash extensions, eyeliner, and an eye pencil. It’s expensive, time consuming, and using lots of eye products all the time can jack up your natural eyelashes.
If you have allergies and are always rubbing your eyes, you’re breaking your natural eyelashes in half. It takes about two months for an eyelash to grow back. In the meantime, your eyelashes look wispy and short. You pump them up by adding lightweight cluster eyelashes or with mascara but over time, you notice your real eyelashes look even worse. What do you do?
Olive oil! We’ve been hearing a lot lately about olive oil and how it’s the newest natural wonder product. As we dug in, it turns out; olive oil is magnificent and can do a ton of things including help eyelashes grow!
From getting gum out of your hair to reducing your chances of having a stroke, the more you learn about it, the more incredible olive oil seems. On top of that, a lot of what is known about the wonders of olive oil is scientifically proven.
Is Olive Oil Good for Your Eyelashes?
For ages, ancient Greeks and those living in the Mediterranean have been hip to the benefits of olive oil. Maybe they didn’t have scientific words for how it helped them live longer and look healthier. Now we know what makes olive oil good for so many things – it’s the fatty acid.
Bad fat found in vegetable oils and the like are not good for you, but olive oil is recommended for dieters, people with heart disease, high cholesterol, and diabetes. It’s got a lot of the good fats including brain stimulating omega 3 and 6 and very little of the bad fat.
One key ingredient is oleic acid which studies show helps to reduce swelling. Swelling or chronic inflammation has been linked to many diseases like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s. Packed with antioxidants, olive oil has been shown to also:
- Act as an anti-inflammatory,
- Doesn’t add to weight gain,
- Good for arthritis,
- And kills bacteria
In the Mediterranean, olive oil has been used for thousands of years in cooking which has proven to have enormous health benefits. In fact, heart patients and diabetics are now being advised by their doctors to switch to a Mediterranean diet because of all of the positive health effects of olive oil, among other things.
However, when it comes to skin and hair care, olive oil has just as much of a storied history in the Mediterranean. Even though it only has a small amount of moisturizing vitamin K and E, it is great for moisturizing your hair. It is equally good as a makeup remover and a hair growth stimulator.
Olive Oil Helps Eyelashes Grow
Anyone whose makeup bag is a cornucopia of eye products knows the pain and expense of creating the illusion of luscious eyelashes if you weren’t born with them. And even though you know the more you use that stuff the more damage you are doing to your natural lashes, you can’t help it – you look stunning with long eyelashes!
Here’s some great news – olive oil can do it! It won’t happen immediately. Just like many of the organic eyelash growth serums on the market today, it is going to take at least two months for you to see the results. But, if you stick with it and do it daily, in two months you’ll have noticeably longer, thicker, and darker eyelashes.
You don’t have to worry about these lashes slipping off either. They are yours to keep! All of the great things that help fight inflammation and heart disease are excellent at moisturizing your skin and adding luster to your hair. Those fatty acids add moisture that locks in at the roots.
Applied to your eyelids and the same thing happens to your lashes. Unlike mascara, applying olive oil to your eyelashes won’t cause them to break. Instead, olive oil use over time will make them stronger so that they fall out less, leaving your eyelashes looking fuller all the time.
There are many reasons to see if olive oil can help your eyelashes grow, but if you have sensitive eyes, it’s one more reason. Of course, you don’t want to get a gob of it in your eyes. You have to be careful applying it as with anything but it is much safer on your skin than something with chemicals in it. Oh, and did we mention, you can cook with it?
How to Apply Olive Oil to Your Eyelashes
First you’ll only need some clean cotton balls and a bottle of olive oil (more on that next). You could use the wand from one of your empties if you’ve used up one of your tubes of mascara. Make sure you thoroughly clean the brush and the tube completely before you use it though; getting rid of all traces of mascara.
Before you begin, you’ll want to remove all of the eye makeup from your eyes. Lucky for you, olive oil is a great eye makeup remover! Take a clean cotton ball and dab just a little bit of olive oil onto it and with your eyes closed, wipe your eyelids down. Take a moist paper towel and wipe the olive oil away with lukewarm water.
Now with a new clean cotton ball, drop a few dabs of olive oil on it, close one eye and apply the olive oil at the baseline of your eyelashes. Do the same for the other eye. Leave it on overnight and rinse in the morning with a clean damp paper towel.
Remember you have to do this every day for two months before you’ll see results. Plus the olive oil has to stay on your eyelashes for several hours each day which is why you should apply it right before you go to bed.
Using a mascara wand, you do the same steps. It makes it easier to keep from getting the olive oil in your eye while coating your entire lash. If you have a spare clean mascara wand, we recommend you use that to apply it.
Although olive oil is completely safe to use on your eyelids, it could make your eyes burn or itch if you get too much of it in your eye. If that happens, you just want to flush your eye with water and wipe the olive oil off. Start over again. If you have a sty or some other kind of eye infection, don’t put anything on your eyelid until it is healed – including olive oil.
What Type of Olive Oil Should You Buy?
Like anything you are going to put this close to your eyeballs, you want to use something of high quality. When deciding what type of olive oil you should buy to help your eyelashes grow, rule out anything with flavoring or dyes. It’s best to use the purest types of olive oil.
That means using either cold-pressed extra virgin oil which has only 1% acid in it or organic extra virgin olive oil. These extracts are of the highest grade of olive oil and are standard for hair and skin products.
Cold-Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil
An Extra Virgin Olive Oil of the highest quality is made and harvested by Papa Vince back in Sicily. Straight from the Mediterranean where the olive oil lifestyle originated, you can order over 16 ounces of this nectar to begin your nightly olive oil eyelash growth treatment.
This stuff is totally pure with no pesticides, completely unrefined, absolutely no GMO, and unblended. If you wanted to use it to make dressing or to cook with, it’s also delish for that; a peppery taste with a hint of fresh ripe tomato.
Organic Olive Oil
Just across the way, from way back in ancient Greece territory comes the Organic Greek Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Kouzini. An award-winning family owned and operated cold press creates this top tier USDA certified organic extra virgin olive oil. It is totally unblended, non-GMO, and authentically Greek from the Peloponnese.
The beauty of organic extra virgin olive oil is that there are no fertilizers, dyes, flavorings, or pesticides used – it is completely chemical free. It takes a lot of skill and care to grow and harvest such a pure crop. For your nightly olive oil eye regimen, this is the type of high quality product that we recommend that you use.