How Long Does It Take for Eyelashes to Grow Back?
Lashes are often considered a universal sign of beauty. They may be associated with higher levels of confidence, attractiveness and well-being. Most of us desire long, thick, dark lashes that make our eyes "pop." However, beyond aesthetics, lashes are a crucial part of your lid margin anatomy (the edge of your eyelids).
Your lashes provide a barrier between your eye's internal and external environment and are extremely sensitive to threats and irritants. Additionally, they act as sensors to trigger a blink reflex when a foreign object gets close to your eye, preventing injury and safeguarding your eyes from particles.
Knowing this, we don’t want to be without our lashes for long. So, how long does it take for them to grow back? About six weeks if there was no damage to your eyelid or follicle; longer if you pulled out your eyelash.
Age-Related Lash Loss
Most of us have between 50 and 75 eyelashes distributed along three rows on our lower eyelids. Our top eyelids have about 100 and 150 dispersed along five to six rows.
Our eyelashes go through the same aging changes that occur on our scalps—they lose dimension and density, pigmentation drops, and they become straighter with less of an upward and outward curve.
Like every hair on our body, our lashes and brows grow from follicles. Sebaceous glands attached to these follicles produce less sebum, causing our lashes to become dry and brittle. At the same time, our eyelashes and the skin around them don’t hold in as much moisture.
Menopause-related hormone changes make our follicles weaker, slowing or stopping lash growth completely.
Other Factors That Contribute to Lash Loss
Besides aging, other factors lead to lash loss, including:
- Stress (telogen effluvium)
- Using harsh products that irritate your eye area.
- Medical conditions, including thyroid disease.
- Specific medications and treatments (i.e. chemotherapy).
- Rubbing or scrubbing too aggressively, causing damage to your skin and lashes to fall out.
If you think your lash loss issue may be related to a more serious problem, talk with your doctor or healthcare provider about your concerns.
How Long Can It Take for My Eyelashes to Grow?
The lifespan of a single eyelash can last from four to 11 months. Each lash’s life cycle has three stages, or phases: anagen, catagen and telogen.
Anagen (growth) phase — Each eyelash follicle goes through a four- to 10-week growth phase at a daily rate of 0.12 to 0.14 millimeters per day.
Catagen (degradation) phase — During the catagen phase, your lashes stop growing for about two to three weeks. This is also when your hair follicles start to shrink. If you lose a lash early on in this phase, your lash will have to complete this stage, increasing the time it takes for your lash to grow back.
- Telogen phase — This phase is the final stage before your lash falls out and a new one grows in its place. It lasts about four to nine months.
Your lash's life cycle is shorter than the cycle of the hair that grows from your scalp. According to experts, this is because the anagen phase of the hair on your head lasts longer (up to four years).
Can I Make My Eyelashes Grow Back Faster?
Strategies many women use to enhance the health of their lashes include:
Every year as we get older, our body’s nutrient-absorbing potential decreases. Because our hair and lashes are considered non-essential, they are the last place our bodies deliver nutrients from the foods we ingest. This is why we suggest enhancing your diet with Better Not Younger’s Significant Other Hair, Skin & Nails Supplement.
Our fortifying gummies provide you with lash-friendly vitamins and minerals, including:
- Vitamin A: Helps your skin produce sebum
- Biotin: Vital for hair health
- Iron: Helps improve oxygen delivery to your cells
- Zinc: Bolsters follicle function
- Vitamin D: This sun vitamin may improve lash thickness
Vitamin E: An antioxidant that prevents oxidative stress
Consuming a Lash-Friendly Diet
Being mindful of the nutrients found in the things you consume can make all the difference in the appearance of your lashes.
Adding eggs to your diet will boost your levels of biotin and protein—essential building blocks for your lashes and scalp hair. You should also consider increasing your non-heme iron intake by consuming spinach, lentils, and beans, and heme iron through oysters, beef, or turkey.
Other nutrient-rich foods that could promote healthier lashes include:
- Sweet potatoes
- Fatty fish
Using Superpower Lash Enhancing Serum
Using an all-natural serum can be the perfect choice for boosting the health of your lashes. Achieve fuller, thicker, stronger lashes in as little as one month with Better Not Younger’s clinically proven Superpower Lash Enhancing Serum.
Superpower Lash Enhancing Serum is supercharged with a proprietary combination of nourishing ingredients, including:
Pumpkin seed extract: Pumpkin seed extract is loaded with amino acids, potassium, phytosterols, essential fatty acids, zinc and vitamins A and C.
Panthenol and biotin: Panthenol and biotin are pro-vitamins that coat and seal in moisture and nourishment and are crucial for maintaining thicker, fuller lashes.
Hyaluronic acid: Well-known for its ability to retain water, hyaluronic acid helps protect and condition your damaged and brittle lashes.
- Peptide complex: Our tailored blend of peptides is made up of essential amino acids to fortify and protect against breakage, giving you lush, beautiful lashes.
To use, carefully clean your eye area of makeup, oil and dirt. Then, use the included applicator to spread a thin coating of serum as close to your lash line as possible. Work from the inner to the outer corner of your eye. For best results, use daily.
Increase Eyelash Density with Better Not Younger
When people look at us, often the first thing they see is our eyes. Our makeup and moisturizers help ensure our eye area looks its best. Yet, the same aging process that affects our hair and scalp can trigger lash loss.
Eating a healthy diet, supplementing with vitamins, and staying hydrated can help your lashes grow back. As they're growing, care for them with Better Not Younger’s Superpower Lash Enhancing Serum. Our breakthrough serum is clinically proven to give you naturally fuller, stronger, thicker lashes in just four weeks.You deserve the best for your hair, and that includes your lashes! So stop by our online shop page to discover our complete line of age-related hair-care products.