What You Need To Know Before You Use Eyelash Serum

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There’s a huge market in the beauty business catering to the craving so many of us have – to sport the longest and fullest set of eyelashes we possibly can. To get there we spend cash on mascaras that promise the illusion of extra length, mess about with false eyelashes, or even pay a hundred dollars a time for extensions, which just a few weeks later need more of your cash to pay for fillers to maintain the look. (This is a terrible trap, as once you stop using extensions completely you may well find your original lashes have been almost destroyed.)

There has to be a better way, right? Well for many people there is, and it’s called eyelash serum, but before you rush out and start emptying the shelves of your closest drugstore take a moment to read the rest of this article, as it is packed with important advice and information – basically it covers what you really need to know before you start using any kind of eyelash serum.

You need to like routines

Eyelash growth serums depend on being applied regularly, so they are not going to be much good for people who dislike or never stick to routines. You also need to be fully committed to cleansing your face and eye area both of general grime and eye makeup before applying the serum.

Again, if you are sloppy about this you won’t see the full benefits of a serum.

Eyelash lengthening serums are not suitable for everyone

If you have any kind of pre-existing eye conditions like dry eye, or you have a history of things like conjunctivitis it is not recommended that you use eyelash serums, even if you are not actually suffering from any problem at the time.

There can be side effects

Some people report experiencing irritated skin or redness around their eyes after using an eyelash serum. It is important to quit using the serum immediately if you have this kind of problem, rather than push on and hope it will disappear.

You may also notice that the skin around your eyelids is becoming discolored, in this case it’s okay to carry on using the serum, but be careful not to use too much of it at one time and risk having excess liquid left around on your skin.

There are reports of some problems like eye styes or infections when the eyelid glands get blocked with the serum, but these can generally be avoided if the product is applied properly – always take the time to read and follow the instructions on how to use the brand you have chosen.

Ingredients matter

The basic rule with ingredients in any product is that they are listed in a particular way – the higher up the list something is the more of it there is in the product. In many cases the first three spots are the most important, so bear that in mind when looking at what each eyelash serum you are interested in contains.

Natural ingredients are always nice to see as they are generally kinder to your eyes and skin, and to the lashes themselves. Look out for:

  • Castor oil, which helps moisturize eyelashes and is said to provide nourishment for them so they are encouraged to grow. Choose cold-pressed castor oil if possible – if produced this way it will say so clearly on the labelling.
  • Amino acids, these help repair damage and make hair stronger and less likely to break as it ages.
  • Rosemary, known for its growth promotion properties.
  • Green tea  – an antioxidant powerhouse.
  • Ginseng – noted as a great reviver.

Other positive ingredients to see in a list are panthenol, sodium hyaluronate, peptides and ceramides, which appear in many eyelash serums and are reported to produce positive results.

There is a prescription option

In the United States only one product labelled as an eyelash growth serum had been officially approved by the FDA [Food & Drug Administration], and this is the serum called Latisse.

Latisse contains Bimatoprost, a drug developed to treat an eye condition called glaucoma which was then discovered to have the pleasant side effect of making new eyelashes grow in thicker and longer, possibly by encouraging new hair to be produced during the typical hibernation section of a natural hair’s cycle.

The average time to wait for noticeable results is around two or three months so it’s not a quick fix, and it will stop working if you stop taking the medication.

Do bear in mind that like all medications there can be side effects when using Latisse, and these have been reported as including:

  • A change of eye color – something those with light colored eyes are most at risk of, although the chance of this happening is still very small.
  • Darker eyelids than you had naturally after using the product, though they generally return to normal when you stop using Latisse
  • Hair you don’t want can grow in areas where the serum makes contact with the skin.
  • It can make your eyes feel dry.
  • You can end up with too much eyelash hair and have it look unnatural.

It’s not suitable for pregnant women to use, due to both the side effects and the lack of any testing or research on the possible effects. Latisse is only available with a prescription issued by a doctor, and it is also quite expensive – expect to pay over $100 a month, and remember this could be a whole year of payments!

Ready to try it?

The trick to success with eyelash lengthening serums seems to involve being sensible enough to choose a product which nourishes your lashes, being disciplined enough to use the serum properly and regularly, and being patient enough to wait a while for the results to kick in – manage all this and you should be rewarded with the results you are looking for.

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