Ithmid (antimony) kohl is recommended by the prophet صلي الله عليه وسلم for its eye health benefits. It is often the case that when the prophet صلي الله عليه وسلم recommends something or an action, it comes with extra bonus benefits.
These benefits are not mentioned by the prophet صلي الله عليه وسلم because they are less important but are only realised when you start putting the prophet`s words into action.
Ithmid (antimony) kohl is a case in point. As well as the major health benefits mentioned by the prophet, it also carries beauty benefits for the eyes.
There are certain characteristics which are wished for by both women and men. These are gender-neautral physical traits which make both genders seem beautiful.
Obtaining these characteristics helps anyone, regardless of gender, to be seen and judged as beautiful by beholders from both sexes. Examples include having big eyes, glowing skin, and being slightly tall.
Difference between Ithmid (antimony) and other types of kohl regarding beauty
What is great about Ithmid (antimony) kohl is that it promotes universal beauty traits, hence why it should be used by both men and women.
Other types of kohl carry a superficial and short term beauty effect. Unlike Ithmid (antimony) kohl, they do not go deep and start introducing structural changes that result in you obtaining universal beauty characteristics. As soon as they are washed off, the beauty goes with them.
Non-Ithmid kohls are essentially eyeliners and mascaras under a different name. These makes them unsuitable to be used by men ( at least during the day) as in most cultures, these cosmetic products are reserved exclusively for women only, and most men would shy away from walking around with highlighted eyes and hair.
Gender-neutral beautiful eyes
Ithmid (antimony) kohl makes your eyelashes longer, as affirmed by the prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم. As well as having health benefits, this makes your eyes ,and in turn your face and yourself, look better.
Ithmid (antimony) kohl also makes your eyes themselves look more pristine, clear and beautiful. Although this is is not confirmed by a Hadith, it is a well known and taken-for-granted benefit amongst Ithmid kohl users.
Using Ithmid (antimony) kohl makes the white parts of the eyes more whiter and clearer, and the coloured part ( Iris) more colourful and also clearer.
Ithmid (antimony) kohl is also capable and is reported to give you bigger eyes. This is likely to be the result of Ithmid (antimony) kohl promoting stronger and healthier eyes, allowing the user to open their eyes more wider than before.