Expert reveals common mistake that could be damaging our lashes

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An expert has revealed the common mistake that could be damaging our lashes.

With lockdown still going strong, all of us have been forced to put our beauty appointments on hold.

And for some of us those beauty appointments include lash treatments – lifts, curls, extensions – that leave us all with the delicate flutter that we all dream of.

But now that we’re all stuck in the house, our lashes are missing that regular TLC.

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So a lash expert has revealed the mistake we might be making when looking after our own lashes and the changes that could help us look after them in the comfort of our own homes.

Whether you’re used to regular salon treatments or tend to give your lashes low-maintenance at-home TLC, this could be a mistake we’re all making.

“Vaseline, castor oil, trimming your lashes etc all said to help "grow" lashes will only suffocate your follicles and can make your lashes shorter,” warns Camilla Kirk-Reynolds, lash artist and expert at Camilla Lashes.

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“Personally, I don’t like growth serums,” she continues, “due to their strength and how they penetrate the body or change the make up of the lashes to something unnatural.

“Lash growth serums should also never be used with extensions as they change the growth cycle and can create obvious gaps within your lashes”.

Revealing the easy way we can encourage natural lash growth, Camilla adds, “I much prefer healthier more natural ways to improve your natural lashes.

“My advice is: a healthy diet as it will always help hair/lash growth and supplements such as Biotin, Selenium and Horse Tail”.

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The little berry-flavoured vitamins support the maintenance of hair and nails and even provide a little sugar fix!

Be aware that food supplements do not replace a varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle, and always make sure to read labels properly before using.

Aleesha is a digital shopping writer at woman&home—so whether you're looking for beauty, fashion, health or home buys, she knows what the best buys are at any moment. She earned an MA in Magazine Journalism from City, University of London in 2017 and has since worked with a number of brands including Women's Health, Stylist and Goodto. A year on the w&h news team gained her invaluable insight into where to get the best lifestyle releases first—as well as an AOP awards nomination.