PRESS: Live Young Lifestyle | The Long and Short on Eyelashes


Original article can be found at liveyounglife.com.

If eyes are the windows to the soul, then eyelashes are the adorning curtains that frame them.

You have to keep them healthy and youthful, because as we age, our “curtains” become tattered and old... just like everything else. Ugh! But don’t fret. I’m here to give you some tricks on how to keep your lashes looking like they are still in their youthful prime. So, open your eyes and read how you can keep them, grow them, care for them, accentuate them, and (if all else fails) fake it.

Ready. Set. Grow.

1. GROW THEM: Nothing I’ve ever found - and I’ve tested dozens of products in my quest to “look young” - (let me repeat) NOTHING works as well to grow eyelashes as Latisse. Within weeks you will see a difference. Your lashes will be thicker, darker, and longer. Yep! You can actually grow your lashes back to their youthful prime. Hooray! Latisse was originally prescribed for patients with glaucoma. However, doctors (and their patients) found an added benefit: a significant number of the patients who used the drops to treat the degenerative eye disease also grew thick, long eyelashes. Today, Latisse is the only prescription-strength formula that is FDA-approved to grow lashes. There is nothing on the market today that compares to it. You can get it from your local dermatologist or medi-spa. Add 2 drops onto one of the disposable brushes that come with the product, and coat your top lashes along the lash line (only your top lashes, as the product migrates while you sleep). And don’t waste even a tiny bit of this valuable product: rub the remaining solution on your eyebrows (See the blog, Put Down The Tweezers). Apply at bedtime. Your lashes need be be free of all makeup, as well as of all oils found in most eye makeup removers. So ladies, make sure you remove ALL eye makeup, and use a mild soap - such as Phisoderm or Basics - to then wash off the eye makeup remover. Apply nightly and you will see results within a few weeks.

2. TAKE CARE OF THEM: There are many mistakes people make that damage their lashes. Do

you think I call people on it, that I step in, and attempt to correct the behavior like some kind of nosey know-it-all?… You bet your ass I do! (I can't help myself.) I see people rubbing the sh*t out of their eyes. Don't do it! Not only could you scratch your cornea, but you could lose lashes along the way. I have girlfriends who go to sleep with their makeup on. Really? This is terrible for your lashes, not to mention your skin! (See the blog, Retin-A, the Holy Grail of Skincare). I've even witnessed women curling their eyelashes AFTER applying mascara. This is a big no-no. Although many of us have to curl our eyelashes (yours truly included), don’t do it with mascara on! This behavior will rip out your eyelashes when they get stuck to the eyelash curler. Ouch! All of these behaviors can seriously harm your eyelashes. Damage them too many times, and they won't grow back. Just like the hair on your head (future blog to come), you have to take care of these very fragile hairs.

3. ACCENTUATE THEM: If you wish to wake up when you are 80 years old and still look like