Essence: Growing Out Your Lashes? Try Castor Oil

WE SPOKE WITH THREE EXPERTS ABOUT HOW CASTOR OIL CAN STRENGTHEN AND THICKEN YOUR LASHES.

If you’ve been on a quest to enhance your lashes, you likely resort to using eyelash serums, false lashes, eyelash extensions, hair growth supplements, and other such products. But, if you’re someone who prefers natural methods, you might be wondering what to do. In that case, consider something like castor oil which can both strengthen and thicken them. 

Although castor oil has long been used in our community, especially for body and hair nourishment, you may have noticed more and more skincare influencers have been raving about the oil on TikTok lately with its amazing benefits for eyelash and brow growth. But you might still be wondering, is it really worth adding to my lash-care routine?

Below, Dr. Geeta Yadav, board-certified dermatologist and founder of FACET Dermatology, licensed esthetician and founder of ästhetik skincare Alexis Pfropper, and Jasmine Imani, a lash and brow expert, break down the benefits of castor oil for your eyelashes.

When you apply castor oil to your eyelashes, it improves the condition of the hair. Pfropper explains castor oil helps stimulate hair follicles and encourage thicker, longer hair growth. She recommends when you start using castor oil, to use a clean mascara wand or a cotton swab to gently brush the oil onto the lashes. She recommends everyone to be careful not to get castor oil into the eyes. According to Pfropper and Imani, it’s best to apply castor oil before bedtime so you can allow it to work overnight. For best results, consistently apply castor oil to the lashes two or three times per week and you’ll notice thicker, fuller lashes overtime.

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