Long Eyelashes | Beautiful or Dangerous?

We all love long eyelashes. I, for one, am always on the lookout for the next best mascara that will help my lashes reach new lengths! However, we rarely stop to think about the potential damage that long eyelashes may have on out eyes, particularly when wearing false eyelashes.

Focus Clinics recently put together some research on the impact that long eyelashes may have on the health of our eyes. And as the obsession with thicker, longer lashes continues to grow, I thought that the results were definitely worth sharing!

There’s no denying that long, luscious eyelashes are beautiful and can really enhance the shape and general appearance of the eyes. However, it’s important to take a step back and consider what our natural eyelashes are really there for, and how longer eyelashes can affect their job.

We normally have between 90 and 160 eyelashes on our upper eyelid and 75 to 80 eyelashes on our lower eyelid. On average, the length of our natural eyelashes is around one third of the width of our eyes. According to scientists, this is the optimal length for our eyelashes to protect our delicate eyes by diverting air away from our eyes, preventing dust from hitting the surface and keeping our eyes healthy and moist. When an object, such as a speck of dust, lands near our eyes, our eyelashes have the important job of stimulating the blink reflex, therefore preventing the object from damaging our eyes.

Contrary to what most of us may think, having longer eyelashes does not mean that our eyes are better protected. In fact, having very long eyelashes – such as by wearing false lashes or getting lash extensions – decreases the ability of our natural eyelashes to divert air away from our eyes and therefore increases the risk of dust and dirt entering our eyes.

In addition to this, false lashes or lash extensions can increase the risk of eye infections, and the process of gluing eyelashes on may damage your natural eyelashes and have lasting effects. According to research, the safest way of lengthening your lashes is by wearing your favourite mascara!

Want to know which mascaras I would recommend? Click here.

Have you ever considered the dangers of false lashes?

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