Ok, get ready for an alarming, eye opening post that’s going to make you want to jump up and take action IMMEDIATELY! I was scrolling through my Pinterest feed and found THIS article on adding 1 drop of lavender essential oil to your mascara each time you buy a new tube. Why you may ask?? Brace yourself…. EYELASH MITES. Yes, 50% of us have eye lash mites burrowing in our eyelash hair follicles. CRINGE. As I write this my eye is itching. So, let’s dig right in and find out more.
Mites can actually burrow into our follicles and can lay up to 20 eggs per hair follicle! Yeah, so those little suckers are breeding on and in your follicle, or as they call it Motel 6.
The 2 symptoms someone with mites will experience are itchy eyes and eye lashes falling out. I think that it makes perfect sense that mite infested lash follicles don’t grow-I mean, they certainly aren’t thriving and healthy. By detoxing your lash follicles, stronger, thicker and longer lashes are sure to ensue!
What Causes Eyelash Mites?
Compromised immune system
It’s alarming that by wearing mascara, you are creating a breeding ground for these gross little parasites! Another really good reason to ALWAYS remove your makeup before bed! Also, I’ve heard many older people complain of losing eye lashes and thinking it’s just because of age. That is only 1/2 way true. Mites could be the culprit.
How to Get Rid of Eyelash Mites-
The best natural solution for getting rid of eyelash mites is, you guessed it, essential oils! It’s really good news because I don’t know about you, but I have to take action now and essential oils are totally doable. Essential oils are amazing for the eyelash hair follicles! Not only can they kill bacteria that can be piling up in your follicles, they can also kill these nasty little buggers!
There is controversy around applying essential oils in or near the eye. Let me state, I am not a doctor (clearly) so I can only give you my opinion. I don’t suggest putting straight essential oil in the eye. When putting straight essential oil close to the eye, it can migrate in as well. However, diluting your essential oils and then applying them is a much better idea.
3 Possible Solutions-
Eyelash Growth and Detox Nightly Treatment (see below for recipe)
Baby Shampoo + Tea Tree essential oil Wash (see below for recipe)
I really like this idea because mascaras are a breeding ground for bacteria. By adding a drop of lavender which is antibacterial and anti parasitic, you can cut way back on the amount of yuck that you are putting on your lashes. Plus the lavender will help to kill and control the mites already in your lashes.
The good news is having mites is not a serious condition. By being proactive with 1 or all of these suggestions, you can easily rid your lashes and hopefully see an improvement in the appearance of your lashes!
I got most of my info. from an episode of Dr. Oz-I’m not making this up, folks!
Jennifer Phillips worked as a licensed aesthetician for over 8 years before creating the natural skin care blog, Jenni Raincloud.