Do Lash enhancing serums really work?
Lashes. We are either blessed with wonderfully long ones or equally as blessed with shorter ones.
With the rise of lash extension treatments, there has also been an upscale in lash enhancing products.
These serums advertise longer, fuller looking lashes if applied every day for an extended period of time.
But the question is, do they really work?
How Did It Start?
It began with Latisse, a product only available via prescription, originally developed to help treat glaucoma.
Latisse has an active ingredient in it called bimatoprost that aids in eyelash growth and it soon became highly coveted but inaccessible to most.
Beauty companies cottoned on to its success and have created products available to buy in-store and online.
Seeing as these products are at a higher price point than most serums, it leads back to whether they work in the first place.
Do They Work?
The overarching comment is lash serums work differently for everyone. Everyone has an incredibly different and unique type of skin. What works for someone may not work for someone else.
Similarly is sensitivity. What may be non-offensive to one may be irritable for another.
A general observation is the serums are effective. But again this is loaded, as some people have noticed a difference in a week, others, months, and some, not at all.
The serums contain conditioning peptides and fatty acids which when combined, stimulate, promote growth and strengthen the lashes.
Another note from research is the emphasis on continued use.
Many people who have tried the serums and have said they work, also state this is only after continuous usage and when the applications are stopped, their lashes have returned to their original state.
Lash serums are seemingly a trial and error product with more success stories than failures, but it is advised to consult a doctor before using them.
It may also be a case of finding what formula works the best.
LashFood is the serum often spoken about. It promises to triggers growth without irritation with results in as little as four weeks and contains key ingredients such as soy protein and coconut juice.
Revitalash’s Advanced Eyelash Conditioner contains hopeful ingredients; green tea and ginseng to nourish and biotin to shield the lashes and prevent them from breaking. This product is also a firm favourite of Meghan Markle.
Peter Thomas Roth’s Lashes to Die For is labelled as a Night-Time Eyelash Treatment. It, again, contains peptides to nourish the eyes and has also been said to be non-irritable to even the most sensitive of eyes.
Dior has developed a Lash Primer intended to be used before applying mascara to boost the lashes or at night as it contains soy proteins that plump up the lashes too.
Shiseido’s Full Lash Serum has been praised for its effects and can also be used on eyebrows – two birds with one stone.
A healthier diet is a great place to start. Eating foods that are packed full of vitamins and proteins will maximise eyelash growth.
Not rubbing the eyes often will also help as this increases the chances of eyelashes falling out, and remembering to take off makeup before sleep will also prevent this.
Another option is Biotin, a vitamin-packed supplement that promotes hair, skin and nail health, and can be bought in most health stores. This again is something recommended to speak to the doctor about before use.
Coconut oil can also double as a DIY eyelash growth serum. It contains fatty acids similar to those found in the serums, which will stimulate lash growth.
Combine a tablespoon of it with a drop of lemon or lavender oil and apply with a cotton bud to the lash line every night.
And finally, lash extensions. Lash extensions are a quicker alternative that most practices and beauty parlours will offer as a treatment.
Most extensions last a few weeks to a month meaning longer lashes arrive a little quicker.
There are effective ways to make our lashes longer. Whether this is through a product, a DIY method or having an extension treatment, but it goes to say, everyone is unique and it is worth trying to see what the best solution is for you.
There’s a lot to be said about them and a variety of results so we’d love to know your thoughts about lash serums.
If anyone has tried them, what are your thoughts?
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