Have you ever noticed guys have thicker, longer, more beautiful lashes than women? It’s so unfair. I always wonder why even little boys seem to have the most beautiful lashes. Lashes we women pay for. So I got to thinking about the time frame of when I started wearing make-up and that’s when I remembered noticing in high school girls were losing volume in their lashes. I don’t think it’s overuse of mascara that’s causing the lashes to fall out prematurely but actually the repetitive improper removal of eye make-up that’s causing the loss of volume. I especially disliked waterproof mascara because it took so much aggressive rubbing to remove it.
I have another theory. I think back in the day during the hunter-gatherer society, women normally stayed under a shelter in the shade so to speak and men were the ones who went out into the bright sunlight to hunt. I think that from an evolutionary context men developed longer thicker eyelashes to protect their eyes from sunlight and debris. From my travels around the globe, I noticed women of desert societies have such amazing, thick, dark eyelashes.
So, I started doing some research and found a study in the International Journal of Trichology that published an article on the etiology of mascara induced milphosis. Milphosis means the falling out of eyelashes or loss of eyelashes. The aim of this study was to determine the effect of mascara on eyelashes and to find an association between the usage of mascara and milphosis. Medical students were interviewed by a single ophthalmologist over a 12 month period with a semi structured questionnaire on mascara usage. The conclusion was that there is a significant positive association between long-term use of cosmetics like mascara and milphosis.
If you think about it, when properly applied, wearing eyelash extensions is better than make-up. Now you know.