Eye Want To Know: Eyelash Trivia

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Some fun facts about eyelashes. Eyelashes serve as one purpose to protect the eyes. Opening and closing the eyelids serves to keep the eyes moist.  Other purposes of course are to flirt, to wink, to be expressive and for beauty. Kohl a Mascara substances were used on the eyelashes to darken them in 4,000BC .

1.) An eyelash lives about 150 days before it falls out.

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Henry Holland Eyebrow or Eyelash Eyewear Spring/Summer 2013

2.) Embryos begin to develop their eyelashes around week 18 in pregnancy.

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P.H. Salomé Vorfas

 

3.) 98% of people have a harmless mite living in their eyelashes.

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Alain Mikli Eyelash Eyewear-www.sunglasspreservation.com

4.) Vitamin B can help with growing longer eyelashes.

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1985-Alain Mikli

5.) Latisse was first used as a treatment for glaucoma. Now it is used to help grow longer eyelashes.  Patients noted the side-effect of their eyelashes growing out longer and thicker while using the medicine.

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1951 Elsa Schiaparelli Eyelash Eyewear

6.) There are several songs written about eyelashes including the one by Dolly Parton called “False Eyelashes”.

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1950 Eyelash Eyewear

7.) In the show, I Love Lucy, one day Vivian was wearing fake eyelashes… Lucy tore them off and said, “I’m the only one who wears fake eyelashes around here.”

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8.) Madarosis is the loss of eyelashes and can occur by diseases such as blepharitis, eyelid trauma, alopecia areata

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9.) Blepharitis is the irritation of the lid margin (where eyelashes join the eyelid). Eyelids are red and itching. The skin often becomes flaky. The eyelashes may fall.

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Oliver Goldsmith via Bretoncommunications.com

10.) Distichiasis is the abnormal growth of lashes from certain areas of the eyelid.

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Tatty Devine Eyelash Eyewear

11.) Trichiasis is ingrown eyelashes

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John Paul Gaultier Eyelash Sunwear

12.) Eyelashes may become infested with crab louse parasites

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13.) An external hordeolum, or stye, is a purulent inflammation of infected eyelash follicles and surrounding sebaceous (Zeis) and apocrine (Moll) glands of the lid margin.[link]

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14.) Trichotillomania is a disorder that the sufferer to pulls out scalp hair, eyelashes.

15.) In 2004 the first single eyelash application technique was introduced in Korea.

 

 

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