If the eyes are the windows to the soul, eyelashes are the frames that help these windows to look their best. There is a lot of focus on lashes right now, perhaps because eyes are one of the features that remain visible in these masked-up times, and even if you are not wearing a mask, adding length and volume to eyelashes is an easy way to make eyes pop.
Of course, a slick of mascara, a pack of false eyelashes, or beautician-applied eyelash extensions that last about a month are all temporary options for thickening and lengthening eyelashes. Many of us, on the other hand, are looking for long-term solutions to strengthen our natural lashes, and eyelash serums are one option. They offer to help us look and feel our best with or without makeup by caring for and conditioning the eyelashes we already have. There are a variety of conditioning serums on the market which claim to make lashes longer and stronger. So, which one will cause the most natural flutter?
How do eyelash serums work?
Eyelashes, like all hairs on your body, grow in a predictable pattern before falling out naturally (shedding). Eyelash serums operate by covering the lashes and the area around the lash root with a blend of nourishing substances that help the eyelash stay in the follicle longer. As a result, the eyelash will grow longer before it falls out.
Many eyelash serums plump up the individual hairs with oils and peptides, similar to how a conditioning hair treatment plumps up the hair on your head. Eyelash hairs that are soft and conditioned are less likely to snap at the ends, boosting length and volume. Finally, several serums have substances that stimulate the hair follicle and stimulate growth, increasing the length of your lashes before they fall off.
How many Types of Lash Growth Serums Are There?
As we know, lash serums contain a variety of compounds that feed and promote lashes, and they are divided into three groups based on their main active ingredients:
- Prostaglandin derived serums
- Vitamins based serums
- Peptides based serums
Prostaglandin analogues are drugs which are used to treat glaucoma, and lash development is one of the side effects of this medication. As a result, prostaglandin-derived lash serums emerged.
It is not always obvious if a lash serum contains prostaglandin-derived ingredients because they are listed as “isopropyl cloprostenate,” “isopropyl phenylhydroxypentene dihydroxycyclopentylheptene,” or “dechloro dihydroxy difluoro ethylcloprostenolamide,” to name a few.
Prostaglandin-free Eyelash Serums
When looking for lash growth serums that are not generated from prostaglandins, the other two major product kinds to consider are: Lash serums based on peptides, and lash serums based on vitamins.
There are some eyelash serums which combine these two categories in order to create a powerful blend which helps improve the health of eyelash follicles through a complex of multi-vitamins and anti-oxidants, and helps enhance lash length, strength, and volume through a powerful active Triple-Peptide Complex.
What are the serum’s main constituents?
Peptides are protein-boosting amino acids that are naturally present in the skin and help boost hair density. Most lash serums will contain at least one type of peptide. Keratin, the protein that creates skin, hair, and nails; Biotin to nourish hair and promote development; vitamins and botanical substances to stimulate the follicle and increase hair health; and moisturizing oils and hydrators like hyaluronic acid to improve lash volume are all common ingredients.
What is the best way to apply eyelash serum?
Eyelash serum is applied with a brush (similar to what you would find in a liquid eyeliner) or a wand (similar to what you would find in a mascara).
After cleaning, apply your serum before applying eye cream or other moisturizers. Apply the serum to the top lash line only, working close to the roots, with the brush or wand. One dip should do; avoid using more than that or applying to the lower lash line, since this may cause irritation if the product gets into your eyes.
Most eyelash serums just require one application per day, while some do urge twice-daily use. It is probably best to use it after cleansing and before moisturizing at night. If you are using an eyelash serum in the morning, give it 15 minutes to absorb before applying mascara or other cosmetics.
You will need to apply your serum two or three times a week to maintain length and volume once you have achieved the desired results (usually after six to eight weeks of consistent use).
What should my budget be?
Eyelash serums, like practically any other beauty product, come in a wide range of pricing, with budget serums starting at less than £20 and luxury serums costing more than £100. The amount you spend will be determined in part by the effect you want to achieve: Simpler solutions will condition and nourish lashes while also minimizing breakage, whilst more expensive serums will contain active components that promise cellular growth.
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When it comes to non-active components, you will have a variety of price possibilities. Luxury products may feel silkier, smell nicer, or have fancier packaging, but any product that encourages healthier lashes will help them seem thicker, longer, and glossier in the end.