“Nothing is a better head-turner than a pair of lusciously long eyelashes.” Okay, I might’ve over exaggerated that statement a bit. But we can’t deny that having long and thick eyelashes is awesome. However, if Mother Nature wasn’t feeling all generous on giving you some fab-looking eyelashes, you can always fake it. From mascaras to lash extensions, there are different options to choose from. But let’s face it, nothing beats the real thing. But what if there’s actually a way that you can grow lashes naturally? Enter eyelash growth serums.
There’s actually a way for you to enhance your real lashes and make them grow longer and stronger naturally. These features can all be found on lash serums. The past years have seen a consistent rise in lash products that can boost the overall growth of your real eyelashes. Different lash brands also claim that daily use will grant you longer and thicker eyelashes in just a few weeks of consistent application.
However, despite all of these claims, do eyelash serums really work? Are they effective as advertised? Also, are they entirely safe to use? We’ll take a closer look to see if lash growth serums do deliver long and thick eyelashes as what it promises.
What’s Currently In The Cosmetic Market?
There are thousands of eyelash growth enhancing products available online and on retail stores today. Whether it is over the counter or with a prescription, these products are getting rampant in the market. It’s also important to note that lash serums are not cheap. According to The Gloss, the price for these lash enhancing products ranges from $60 to $100 per tube that can last up to 12 weeks.
Looking At The Latisse Effect
The brand that started the whole lash serum hype is Latisse. Their product remains the only one recognized by the Department of Health as a legitimate lash enhancing serum. It also contains an active ingredient called bimatoprost, which is known as a hair growth stimulator.
Latisse was formerly known as a remedy for the eyes. However, patients who were regularly using it noticed that it had a side effect: it can stimulate longer, thicker, and fuller eyelashes. The rest, after that, is history. Latisse underwent a re-launch and became an effective eyelash enhancer in the United States in 2008. A lot of celebrity and beauty ambassadors praised the product and majority of consumers were very much satisfied with the product, claiming that their eyelashes had grown longer and thicker than what they expected.
As of the moment, Latisse is exclusively available on prescription for people suffering from hypotrichosis, which is a condition that causes people to lose hair at an absurd rate. But despite its restricted availability, there are still websites that are offering generic products that are similar to Latisse but doesn’t require any prescription. So even if Latisse is the clear-cut product that is approved by most lash experts and dermatologists, there are over the counter lash products out there that can compete with it.
It is also important to note that having long lashes courtesy of Latisse has its fair share of bad side effects. These would include the following:
- Eyelid Pigmentation
- Eye Irritation (if serum gets in your eyes)
- A permanent change in eye color (continued use may turn natural blue eyes into brownish-black).
- Splashing the serum all over your face will result in unnecessary hair growth on where it landed.
Evaluating the Rest
Aside from Latisse, there are different other eyelash-enhancing serums available out there at very competitive prices. But, again, the catch is, do they really work?
According to cosmetics expert and author Desiree Stordahl, when it comes to the effectiveness of lash serums, most products aren’t effective as advertised. There are only a very few exceptions, with Latisse being one of them. Other lash brands that come are RevitaLash and Xlash Cosmetics. Both brands feature lash serums that contain ingredients that promote eyelash growth.
As for the rest of the eyelash products claiming that they can produce longer and thicker lashes? Stordahl boldly says that they are less likely going to work. According to her, “Majority of lash enhancers that claim to produce long and thick eyelashes are typically bogus. Though they are promoted to contain plant extracts, conditioning agents, and peptides that might sound great on paper, but in reality, they do nothing to stimulate actual eyelash growth.”