Eyebrows are one of the most obvious features that help to define the face. Thick or thin, well-defined or fuzzy, we cannot change what nature gave us to work with (not without surgery anyway), but we can learn how to work with what we’ve got. As for eyelashes, well, we all want them long, thick and luscious. However, despite the importance we place on these favorite features, they often receive far less time and care than the rest of our faces. We all already know that the skin around our eyes needs extra attention, but just like the lustrous strands on your head, your lashes and brows need conditioning and moisturizing to be shiny, healthy and strong.
Castor oil contains a unique mixture of triglycerides and fatty acids, including the rarely found ricinoleic acid which inhibits the growth of bacteria and viruses, and also has anti-inflammatory properties. This superbly moisturizing emollient stands apart from other oils primarily for its ability to penetrate deep tissues of the skin, making it one of the most effective treatments for acne and anti-aging. However, in addition to being a basic ingredient in many skin care products, castor oil is also the main ingredient in most lash and brow treatments. Castor oil is widely used for its ability to stimulate the growth of strong, thick, healthy eyelashes and brows. Castor improves the health of hair follicles, allowing them to do their best work. Regular application can lead to longer and thicker eyelashes as the follicle is encouraged to hold onto the hair longer before shedding it. Regular application to the brows can lead to thicker, more manageable hairs and can even encourage the growth of new hairs by stimulating dormant follicles (I say this from personal experience).
What you need: 1 bottle of cold pressed castor oil, 1 soft bristle eyebrow brush
How to use it: Dip the brush into the castor oil and brush onto your eyelashes and brows every night before bed (or 2-3 nights a week). (I recommend using black or old and used pillowcase covers, or covering your nice ones with a towel to prevent leaving oil spots on your good sheets.)
Olive oil is high in antioxidants, including vitamin E, making it an excellent moisturizer and also a powerful anti-aging weapon. Antioxidants protect the skin from ree radicals, which damage cells and accelerate the aging process. Since the skin around the eyes is the thinnest and most sensitive skin on the face, it is the most vulnerable to the effects of aging and the application of harmful chemicals. Using olive oil to remove eye make-up is a gentle and natural alternative to expensive, chemical laden products, and also provides extra moisturizing and anti-aging benefits.
What you need: A dab of olive oil, 1 cotton pad or tissue
How to use it: Pour a few drops of olive oil onto the cotton pad, tissue or your fingers and gently massage in circles until the eyes and lashes are clean, then wipe away the excess oil and wash your face as usual. (I keep some olive oil in a plastic travel container with a pull-top lid, pour a few drops onto my fingers to apply it, and wipe it off with a cotton pad. I also like to dab a few more drops under my eyes after I’ve washed and moisturized my face as usual.)