BY: CLAIRE – DAYS [DAYS SINCE Today] AGO
As summer quickly fades away faster than it even arrived this year, it is time to say goodbye to certain trends and accessories that we so heavily relied upon to keep us feeling and looking cool over those hot, sunny days and hazy sunset filled evenings. But this is good news for our eyes as now they have the chance to shine without the cover of our favourite pair of sunglasses.
We all know the deal with summer prep, especially in the build up to a big summer holiday; booking a lash appointment, a leg wax, getting the hair done, nails shaped and skin exfoliated. (Wow, I never realised just how much work goes into getting the perfect summer bod in time for a holiday before!) Well, the great thing about summer coming to an end is its time to put the legs away (wax, who?), reach for darker shades of nail polish and throw our hair up in a messy bun to escape from the blustery, autumn winds – the windswept look with long hair may suit some, but I end up looking like Cousin It from the Addams Family!
Autumn is a time for hot drinks, oversized jumpers and cosy nights on the sofa, but as it is a transitional season, it is also a good chance for you to get your body, skin and hair back in shape after a summer of hard work and even harder play, and to prepare yourself for the crisp days of winter that lie ahead. Your skincare and makeup routine may not change too much but there are a few little things you can do to keep your eyes, eyelashes and eyebrows looking fabulous all through the long autumn nights meaning you are always ready for a night out with friends, a spontaneous post-summer holiday to beat the blues and whatever else life throws your way.
If you were to ask any of my friends what my favourite season is, they would tell you its summer without any hesitation. A lot of people cannot stick the heat or the long days, but summer is the season I thrive in. I become more active and think about my food intake more, I drink more water and I love the effortless feel of wearing playsuits and sliders for a casual day out.
Of course, it is not totally without effort though, as I mentioned earlier, but once you have got your summer body ready it takes little upkeep, really. The things that only come to light after the summer comes to an end are actually how much you have put your skin, eyelashes and eyebrows through over those few months and how much recovery you now have to do. The sun of course, is fantastic and can make you feel mentally ready for the day, but it also leaves behind traces of damage in its wake and you could have been so prepared for it but it still insists on letting your body know it was there.
Sun creams with high SPF are always recommended when stepping outside in the sun, especially in the summer months and it should be applied at least half an hour before you go outside and topped up regularly, but how many of us are guilty of just applying once during the day, or worse, not at all! Getting a nice tan can make you feel great on the outside, but the damage to your skin is lasting as the sun removes moisture from the skin and the elasticity that helps it spring back to its firm self can start to disappear. If it does all this to your skin, imagine just what it is doing to your eyelashes!
If you weren’t an avid fan of sunglasses this summer, you might find at this time of year that your eyelashes are looking a little faded and dry and more susceptible to breakage. But it isn’t just the sun that can damage your eyelashes, if you decided on eyelash extensions before your summer getaway, your eyelashes are probably now in need of a little TLC as they start to fall away and as the adhesive continues to cling to your existing eyelashes.
The recovery from the summer months doesn’t just stop at eyelashes either, your eyebrows will have also been put through their paces every day by just being out in the sun and with all the pre-summer holiday preparation to get them threaded into shape, they may just be in need of a break too.
If you found yourself in one or more of those categories above and are feeling a little dried out and in need of an autumn lift, read on. That tan may be fading fast, but there are ways to get your eyelashes and eyebrows back on top form so that you can shift the focus to your eyes this autumn.
Eyelash Growth Cycle and Seasonal Shedding
First thing is first, getting to grips with your eyelash growth cycle so you know when to stop worrying about your eyelashes and fall into its flow nicely. This way you are better prepared for the results of your next eyelash extension appointment and you know just what you can do to help repair summer damage.
Eyelashes have a cycle of three stages, and they grow individually at different times of each phase. This means there are approximately 100-150 eyelashes on the upper eyelid at any one time. They grow, rest and then fall out and the cycle restarts again. The first stage is the Anagen phase. This is where the eyelashes grow, and the follicles are getting stronger. The second stage is the Catagen phase. This is also known as the transitional phase and this is where the follicles start to shrink and get ready for the individual eyelashes to fall out. The last stage is called the Telogen phase which is also known as the resting phase. Here, the follicles weaken and the lash rests for around 100 days waiting to fall out.
The growth cycle is important to understand as it can have an impact on your newly applied eyelash extensions, so it is important to seek trained professionals for extensions so you can keep your new set looking full and long for extended periods of time and not have to endure the emotional fall down of paying for a brand new set only to have them start to fall out after a week.
But don’t be too disheartened if your lashes start shedding a little more than normal during certain times of the year. It is said by a lot of people with lash extensions and eyelash technicians that spring and autumn see more lashes falling out and top ups being requested. As the seasons change so does the way our hair grows and that includes eyelashes unfortunately. If you have been prone to this, it may be a good chance to have a little break after summer to allow your natural lashes to get back to their usual cycle and grow strong so that they are fully ready for your next appointment.
When summer has taken its toll, and your eyelashes are feeling the post-summer blues, there are things you can do to get your eyelashes back into shape during this cooler season so you can show off those eyes with pride.
First of all, as tempting as it may be to reach for a hot coffee instead of a bottle of water now it’s a little colder outside, don’t forget to keep up with your water intake every single day. Hydration is key when it comes to our skin, hair and eyelashes and while the summer has been so hot, it’s probably done a little more drying out than all of us are used to. So, pick up a bottle of water every morning and try to make it to at least 6 bottles by the end of the day to get your recommended daily amount.
Apart from being a great thirst quencher, water is one of life’s great fixes to most things, its just harder to appreciate it as you don’t necessarily see the results instantly, you have to have a little patience and wait for your body to start feeling better and your hair to start looking shinier than usual.
Diet also plays a huge part and eating salty or processed foods does little for your immune system or the naturally occurring proteins in your body and don’t help encourage healthy hair or eyelash growth. Have a look into the good fats that are contained in nuts and olive oils and certain fruits that will help promote healthy cell growth and release the right oils from the skin and follicles. This is what can be the difference between dried out summer lashes and healthier and fuller looking eyelashes ready for the next step.
If food and drink can have such an effect on eyelashes, whether positive or negative, then you may wonder why more and more people aren’t just grabbing the opportunity to do something about it. I mean, if I swap out a handful of M&Ms for a handful of cranberries and almonds, shouldn’t I be noticing the difference in my eyelashes? Well the truth is yes, you will notice the difference but no, you won’t notice it overnight. This is why so many people opt for eyelash extensions before giving anything else a chance first as we are all human, and mostly impatient beings that need to see the best in themselves immediately.
But, have you ever changed up your diet for the good stuff and stared at your eyelashes in the mirror? No, you look at your body in the mirror and try to see where the pounds are falling off and the skin starts to tone up. Checking out your lashes may be the last thing on your mind, so you only notice it one day when you go to book your next appointment and realise your eyelashes are starting to look fuller and healthier than they did before.
So, if you are still fighting for that summer body and have taken the right steps with your diet over the last few months (congrats if you made it this far!) then go and have a look at your eyelashes next time and you never know, you may have already been doing the right things all along!
Eyelash Growth Serum
If your eyes have been screaming out for an autumn makeover and your eyelashes are looking less than lustrous since summer started to come to an end, then you don’t need to just look at your diet as a fix to get your lashes looking healthy once more. For the less patient but equally willing to do something to get results, you could look into the world of eyelash growth serums. Latest formulas are relatively new to the market so you may not have heard about them until now, but they are definitely a force to be reckoned with when it comes to your lovely lashes!
Eyelash growth serums do more than just speed up the growth process in eyelashes though and are so much more than just a growth encouragement serum and one such product that delivers on all accounts in Xlash Eyelash Growth Serum. It promotes healthy eyelashes as well as giving you the power of longer lashes as it uses natural ingredients in its formula that are known to have stimulating properties. If the follicles are happy, then your eyelashes will be too, and a summer long drought may just be the reason you need to have a look into this amazing stuff.
One of its magic ingredients is Rhodiola Rosea root extract which comes from a flowering plant that has been used for centuries to treat many disorders as well as used in skin therapy to promote healthy boosts in the production of collagen as well as being a protector of harmful UV rays. Well, don’t you learn something new every day! Another benefit of the natural ingredients in Xlash Eyelash Growth Serum is the Helianthus Annus Seed Oil or a type of sunflower oil. This stuff is great as it contains those nutritious fatty acids I mentioned earlier, and the oils help to keep the individual lashes hydrated and nourished. When you can get all of this from a serum and it contains stimulants to help your lashes grow longer, stronger and fuller, it would be a shame to let the summer damage stick around when the potential for your autumn eyes lies at your fingertips.
This growth serum is also so good to use as it lasts ages as its all about the quality not quantity! It takes a minimal swipe of the wand over the top row of eyelashes each day to see results after as little as three weeks, although the eyelashes will actually start to feel stronger and healthier before this. So, when you do the diet thing for your body, do the serum thing for your eyelashes and maybe next time you go to look in the mirror you will start to see the full package is staring back!
Get into Routine
It can be hard to keep up with all the things you need to do to look after your body on a daily basis. Afterall, there are pressures to get enough exercise, eat well, drink water all day, the list goes on! But getting yourself ready for the upcoming season needn’t involve too much change to your regular routine, although that can be a blessing in disguise. If you can get used to changing things up a little bit every few months, your body will react to things differently and you might just be impressed with the results if you give them a chance. For example, I have my favourite shampoo and conditioner, but every couple of months I switch them up for a luxury product that I wouldn’t usually use. I always find, this little change makes all the difference and my hair feels like silk afterward. Routine is great but nothing wrong with a little switch up from time to time.
So, if you are ready for your autumn switch up, get yourself into the habit of drinking more water, incorporating more fatty acids and oils into your diet and try getting rid of old creams and makeup that may be causing your skin and hair more damage than good. Mascara that has survived the hot summer months may not be the thing you carry through to autumn with you as it can get clumpy and dry and won’t work like it used to. The wand has probably seen better days too and may have also collected some bacteria along the way with multiple applications in the heat.
To prevent clogging your pores and follicles with out of date mascara or gel eyeliner, go and treat yourself to new makeup and make sure your cleansing routine is on point going forward into autumn! As we’re switching it up for the new season, it might be worth taking a closer look at your nightly cleansing routine and making sure you are doing everything you can to protect your eyelashes, especially as they are going to be the big focus now. After cleansing, all you would need to do is take your brand new Xlash Eyelash Growth Serum and with a quick flick of the wand over the base of your eyelashes on your upper lid, apply a light moisturiser over your face and eyes and then go and get some much deserved sleep! Hey presto, your eyelash and skin care routine is done for the day.
Embracing Autumn Colours
I don’t know about you, but I love buying new makeup and laying everything out ready to try it out for the first time. I’m not on about my trusty foundation or concealer, but my mascara and eye makeup. Buying a new palette with so many shades to experiment with is an absolute dream and I love how you can create a different look with eyeliner or mascara as the template for your preferred aesthetic.
I especially love trying out new colours and really matching my look to the seasons and there really are no rules around what colours you should follow but as I have very dark eyes it is fun to play with auburns and deep mustard colours and really defined smoky eyes in autumn. It is easy to get caught up in what colours you want to wear which is where I get lost sometimes, but I never forget to keep my eyelashes in check and make sure that I use a mascara that is healthy on my eyelashes, really enhances how long they are and has colour defining properties. Xlash have also created a carbon black mascara that perfectly compliments my eyes now that the serum is firmly in my beauty kit and really enhances the length and volume without being sticky or leaving clumpy residue. If summer is about getting compliments on your summer body, then autumn should definitely be about getting compliments on your eyelashes and this brilliant product together with the eyelash growth serum does just that. Imagine being asked if your eyelashes are fake! Ultimate compliment in my book!
The Key to Autumn
It is sad to say goodbye to summer for one more year and I know that as the winter months creep up it can get harder to stay motivated, especially with your beauty routine but hopefully these few tips on how to transition into a new, cooler season will do the job in seeing your eyelashes through until next summer when you can start the cycle once more. I think I’ll embrace autumn this year, especially now knowing there are products out there that are designed to make sure my eyelashes stay healthy and long all year round.