Why You Should Use Coconut Oil On Eyebrows And Eyelashes
Every lady would like long and luxurious eyelashes and thick, defined eyebrows. The constant struggle to achieve this leads to a lot of women having brows and lashes that look horribly fake, or just over the top.
Pluck, shave, pull, heat, color, scrub. Remove hair, add chemicals. Repeat until your eyebrows and eyelashes simply curl up and die.
In trying to win this never ending war for volume and definition, a lot of women turn to natural ingredients in the hope of finding a miracle solution. One of the best kept secrets around is to use coconut oil for eyebrows and eyelashes that are naturally thick and healthy.
But where is the evidence that coconut oil really can help you to grow long and strong eyelashes and eyebrows?
In this guide we are going to tell you how you can quickly and easily use Coconut oil to not only improve the look of your eyebrows and eyelashes, but also help to protect them for the future and even stimulate regrowth.
Why Coconut Oil Is Good For Eyelashes & Eyebrows
One of the main problems with hair loss, whether it is from the hair on your head, or the hair on your eyebrows, is the hair follicles being in poor condition and swelling. This strangles hair growth gradually making the quality of the hair that grows as eyebrows poor.
Coconut oil is brilliant for the eyebrows because it is a natural moisturizer. This keeps the underlying skin in good condition. On top of that, it is a natural emollient and has antibacterial properties.
So by using coconut oil, you can condition the skin and minimize the growth of bacteria which can damage the follicles.
And that's not all, coconut oil also has anti-inflammatory properties. The constant aggravation of the hair follicles through treating eyebrows and eyelashes can cause the hair follicles to inflame, which strangles hair growth, so relieving this can really help your eyelashes and eyebrows to start growing more strongly again.
In terms of applying coconut oil to the eyelashes, you get the same benefits as applying to eyebrows. In both cases, Coconut oil also contains vitamins, minerals and fatty acids which can nourish and treat the skin and hair.
Coconut Oil Benefits For Eyelashes & Eyebrows: The Science
The great news about using coconut oil on your eyelashes and eyebrows is that there are numerous scientific studies out there which back up the claims made by people who are experiencing the benefits out there right now.
Coconut oil is incredibly rich in natural fatty acids. In fact, it is 90% saturated fats. But these aren't the unhealthy saturated fats you read about in relation to heart disease, these are Medium-Chain Trigylycerides, or MCTs, which are incredibly nourishing to skin and hair.
Around 50% of the fatty acid content in coconut oil is Lauric acid, which has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties which can alleviate the symptoms of stressed hair follicles.
In terms of benefiting the skin, coconut oil has been proven to be a great moisturizer and nourisher. It has been proven to reduce the inflammation we have just spoken about, increase hydration and also it has the ability to lock in nutrients and minerals which are quickly absorbed into the skin.
So the claims about coconut oil helping to keep the hair follicles in great condition is backed up by science.
Eyebrows and eyelashes themselves are also proven to be nourished and enhanced by the use of coconut oil. Studies such as this from the Journal of Cosmetic Science concluded that coconut oil helps to reduce dryness and protein loss from the hair, by rapidly penetrating the hair shaft and coating and protecting the hair, simultaneously nourishing and shielding it.
Coconut Oil vs. Castor Oil for Eyebrows
When it comes to considering the use of coconut oil versus castor oil for eyebrow condition benefits, the truth is they are both very good.
In fact, the major decision you will have over which one to choose is the price. The bottom line is that coconut oil is considerably cheaper then castor oil.
But castor oil has a few benefits over coconut oil which make its higher price worth paying.
Although both coconut oil and castor oil have a lot of the same composition, being antibacterial, anti-fungal and highly nutritional in nature, castor oil has a higher concentration of these good things.
This includes the short chain fatty acids that both contain. Although both are rich in these Omega 9 fatty acids, castor oil has a higher concentration.
When it comes to application, both are easily absorbed into the skin and eyebrows, although this is where coconut oil wins slightly, as a lot of people find it absorbs into the skin more easily.
But both can shape the eyebrows, and prevent fall. This characteristic is particularly one that castor oil can achieve, as it's a very thick oil, slightly thicker than coconut oil in its liquid state.
So the truth is that both coconut oil and castor oil are suitable for your eyebrow beauty regime. Which one you choose is a matter of personal choice and cost, although there's actually no reason why you couldn't use them alternately, or even mix them together to create your own unique mix.
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How To Apply Coconut Oil To Eyebrows
So now you know that coconut oil is one of the best natural eyebrow hair conditioners and hair follicle revivers out there, let's have a look at how fantastically simple is to treat your eyebrows and the underlying skin and hair follicles with this miracle oil.
- Take a fresh cotton swab (cotton bud), or even just the tip of your clean finger if you don't have anything available, and dip it in the coconut oil. Don't put too much on, be quite conservative.
- Gently wipe the coconut oil into the eyebrow and underlying skin, mostly working in the direction your eyebrow grows in, but occasionally brushing against the hair to get the coconut oil deep into the skin and hair.
- Leave the coconut oil on overnight so that it is completely absorbed into the eyebrow and the skin. You should be able to remove any excess with your normal morning washing routine, not requiring any special substances to remove it.
By incorporating coconut oil into your daily routine, in a few weeks you should see improved skin condition and eyebrow strength and color.
How To Use Coconut Oil On Eyelashes
The great news is that even though you might think it could be problematic putting coconut oil on your eyelashes, it's actually very easy to do and completely safe.
A really conservative coating of coconut oil will penetrate deep into the eyelashes and the follicles that they grow from, feeding them, increasing their health and allowing them to grow stronger and longer.
To apply coconut oil to eyelashes, simply follow these steps:
- Get a cotton swab (bud) and dip it into the coconut oil, being careful to wipe off access on the edge of the jar so that it doesn't clog up your eyelashes or get in your eyes.
- Run the cotton swab downwards the length of the eyelashes away from the eye and repeat this across both eyes top and bottom. Fill up the cotton swab with more coconut oil if necessary.
- Then without adding more coconut oil to the swab, gently run it along the margins of your eyelids above the eyelashes, from the middle of your eye outwards. Do this a few times on each eyelid so that it reaches the hair follicles.
If you do this right before bed every single night you will notice in a few weeks that your eyelashes and eyelids have a much more rich and healthy look.
If you want to enhance this treatment, you could also mix up one drop of Coconut oil with one drop of lavender oil and one drop of lemon essential oil. And if you want to go a step further, why not try a drop of castor oil as well. These all natural ingredients, rich in vitamins, minerals and beneficial fatty acids combined will give you a fantastic eyelash boost.
Pictures: Before and After Using Coconut Oil for Eyebrow Growth
The people over at Fashionfolks conducted an experiment, where the autor applied coconut oil on her eyebrow for 30 days. Here's what their results look like:
Can Coconut Oil Cause Any Health Problems?
Coconut oil is brilliant for the skin and hair. It's also great for addressing health problems inside the body. This means that it is very unlikely to cause a negative reaction when applying it to eyelashes or eyebrows.
However, we should point out that it's not great to get coconut oil into your eyes. Although it isn't a problem and you shouldn't panic, it's best to avoid it.
If you do get coconut oil in your eye while applying it, simply stay calm and blink repeatedly, although your vision may initially be blurry, after a couple of minutes the oil will work its way to the margins of your eyes. You can then dab the corners of your eyes with tissue to clear up the oil as it comes out.
In very rare cases coconut oil can bring out an allergic reaction, but this is generally only with people who are hypersensitive. If you are in any doubt simply test a small area of your skin with coconut oil before applying it to the eyes.
What Sort Of Coconut Oil Should I Buy?
As with any natural beauty ingredient it's best to go for the most natural form you can find.
When it comes to coconut oil, you are looking for unrefined, cold-pressed, organic coconut oil. This is often also referred to as virgin coconut oil.
Basically this is the raw coconut, pressed to extract the oil without any further treatment, such as heating or adding chemicals to it.
Coconut oil is incredibly affordable, with a 16 ounce jar of high quality oil available on Amazon.com for around $10.
If you are feeling self-conscious about your eyelashes and eyebrows appearing thin and unappealing, then adding coconut oil to your natural beauty armory is worth a try, as long as you stick at it.
And if you're feeling adventurous, mixing it in with other oils such as castor oil, olive oil and jojoba oil, then experimenting with different quantities to find your most beneficial blend, is cheap, easy and could be the solution to your eyelash and eyebrow worries.