Go To Bat for Your Lashes

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Far too often people overlook the importance of proper eyelash care. While woman are constantly undergoing maintenance for eyebrows, undereye circles and other eyesores, they rarely focus on the upkeep of these ultra-important protectors. Ironically, your lashes are extremely fragile and tend to not grow back as fast. There are some factors that can put those lovely lashes in harm's way. Hormone issues, dietary deficiencies, rubbing, dryness and weak eyes. The good news is there are ways to combat and prevent damage. Follow a diet rich in amino acids. Protein shakes, lean protein, legumes and soy are all rich in the nutrients necessary for healthy skin, hair, eyelashes and nails. Be sure to consume healthy fats such as omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9, along with flax seed. You'll also want to supplement your diet with vitamins C, E, B, as well as magnesium, zinc, sulfur and beta-carotene. These vitamins and minerals will help foster the growth of hair and eyelashes. Keeping eyelashes hydrated is integral as they break off easier when they become dried out. One approach is to rub a thin layer of petroleum jelly or olive oil over the eyelashes before bed. You may want to invest in eyelash conditioners, products made specifically to strengthen the eyelashes. Apply a small amount of conditioner and massage it into the eyelashes. At the end of the day, you always want to wipe away mascara and other eye makeup. Use eye makeup remover to get the job done right and lightly apply it to a cotton ball. It's also important to avoid using cheaply made mascara and curlers. Invest in a curler with a foam cushion to avoid breaking or damaging the lashes. By following these helpful hints, you'll be the one with the last lash.