Long, thick and fluttery eyelashes are coveted by people worldwide. They are a symbol of beauty and often the focal point of many makeup looks. But what is it about eyelashes that make them so alluring?
Function of Eyelashes
Eyelashes serve an important function of protecting the eyes from dust, debris and other small particles. They act as a barrier, preventing foreign objects from entering the eyes and causing irritation. This is why people often blink when something comes too close to their eyes – the eyelashes act as a warning signal to the brain that something is too close.
Anatomy of Eyelashes
Eyelashes are hair follicles that grow from the eyelid. They are similar in structure to hair found on other parts of the body but are much shorter and thinner eyelashes. Eyelashes have a life cycle of around three months and are constantly growing and shedding.
The typical human eyelash is around 10mm long, with the upper lashes being longer than the lower lashes. The number of eyelashes a person has varies, but on average, people have around 100-150 lashes on the upper eyelid and 50-75 on the lower eyelid.
Types of Eyelashes
There are different types of eyelashes, each with unique characteristics. For example, curly eyelashes can make the eyes appear larger, while straight lashes can give a more natural look. Here are some common types of eyelashes:
- Straight eyelashes
- Curly eyelashes
- Sparse eyelashes
- Long eyelashes
- Short eyelashes
Eyelash Growth and Care
Eyelashes grow in three phases: the anagen phase (active growth phase), the catagen phase (transition phase), and the telogen phase (resting phase). During the resting phase, the eyelash falls out, making way for a new one to grow.
Proper care of eyelashes is essential for healthy growth. This includes gentle cleansing with a mild cleanser, avoiding harsh rubbing or pulling, and removing makeup before bed. There are also various eyelash growth serums and treatments available to promote healthy growth and lengthening.
Makeup and Eyelashes
Makeup plays a significant role in enhancing the appearance of eyelashes. Mascara is the most commonly used product to make lashes appear longer and thicker. Other products, such as eyelash curlers and false eyelashes, can also be used to achieve different looks.
However, it is important to use makeup products safely and to remove them before bed to prevent damage to the lashes. Using waterproof mascara for eyelashes can also cause damage if not removed properly, leading to breakage and thinning of the lashes.
Eyelashes are not only an important part of the anatomy of the eye, but also play a significant role in enhancing our physical appearance. Proper care and maintenance of eyelashes can lead to healthy growth and an alluring appearance.