How to Pick Out the Best Eyelash Growth Serum for Your Eyelashes
If you would like stronger, thicker or longer eyelashes the good news is there’s a better way to go about it then using false lashes, half a tube of mascara, or eyelash curlers. All you need to do is select the eyelash growth serum which best meets your individual needs, and start using it regularly.
Pretty soon you’ll have achieved the natural-looking results you have been looking for, and have longer or stronger lashes that will be the envy of all your friends.
All eyelash growth serums are incredibly easy to use; in fact, the only difficult thing is making the best choice amongst the various products lining the shelves. So in this post we’re going to help you find the best eyelash serum for your lashes by explaining what you need to look out for.
Choosing the right serum is easy
You only really need to concentrate on one thing what you want the serum to achieve. Some brands are well known for doing one particular thing really well, others promise two or more benefits.
So long as you buy one which delivers what you want you’re winning. Here’s what to look out for on the packaging and in the ads for various eyelash growth serums.
Serums which do one or more of the following:
- focus mainly on conditioning and strengthening the lashes. These make lashes look healthier, shinier and as a result often thicker too.
- stimulate lashes to grow faster. This shortens the natural life cycle, which in turn makes lashes look thicker.
- encourage new hair follicles. This allows more eyelashes to grow and makes them look thicker.
- make lashes grow longer than they usually would.
- double up for both lashes and brows.
Other factors which may influence your choices
Price is an obviously important factor, but with serums available to suit all budgets don’t assume that a top end expensive brand will be automatically superior to a drugstore deal.
The ingredients in any eyelash growth serum should always be checked, as some brands may contain added extras which are common skin irritants. There are some obviously eco-friendly serums around, often with a hefty price tag, but it is possible to find cheaper products that openly promote their use of natural ingredients, or at least shun parabens and unnecessary fragrances.
Many boast that they contain minerals and vitamins to promote hair growth and strength.
If you intend to continue wearing mascara during the day look for a serum designed to be used while wearing makeup, as many need to be applied twice daily and some require clean and cosmetic free skin.
Pay attention to the way a particular serum is applied. Some come with a small brush, which makes it easy to get to the roots of your lashes; others are very similar to a mascara wand, which is more familiar and makes applying serum to the lashes easier.
The take home message then is to prioritize what you want from an eyelash serum whether that’s moisture or length, and in some cases, both, pick a product that can deliver what you need, and get started. Within weeks you should have the results you were looking for.
Ask your doctor about over-the-counter products
There are many eyelash growth serums on the market that you can buy over-the-counter. Since these are considered cosmetics by the FDA, their success rate, safety, and efficacy have not been completed evaluated. Before using an over-the-counter product, talk to your doctor or ophthalmologist to see if using these products is safe for you.
Consider what application tool would work best for you
Over-the-counter eyelash serums are typically sold with a mascara wand applicator or a small brush applicator. The small brush allows you to more easily apply the product directly to the root of your upper lash line, but the mascara wand applicator allows you to coat you upper and lower eyelashes from root to tip.
Test the product before you apply it to your eyelashes
Most eyelash growth serums are considered to be safe, but it is important to ensure that you will not have an allergic reaction to the product you choose. Before applying the product directly to your eye, apply a small amount of the product on your cheek, neck, or forearm to see if it causes an allergic reaction. Monitor the area for 24 hours.
Cleanse your face
Use a gentle cleanser and warm water to wash your face before applying any products onto your lashes. Make sure your face and eyes are clean and free of dirt, oil, and make-up. A clean surface will allow the serum to better adhere to your lash line.
Remove the serum applicator and apply a drop of the prescription solution
If you are using a prescription eyelash serum, your doctor or pharmacist will provide you with a container of solution and a set of disposable applicators. The serum should be applied to the upper eyelash line every evening with the sterile, one-time-use applicator. Remove the one-time use applicator, and add one drop of the solution onto the applicator’s brush.
Sweep the prescription serum over your lash line
Close your eye and spread a thin coating of the serum across the roots of your upper lash line, working from the corner of your eye outward. Do not apply the medication to the lower eyelid. The medication will spread to your lower lash as you blink.
Apply non-prescription serum with a mascara wand
Some over-the-counter products can be applied directly onto your eyelashes using a mascara wand. Work the product through your upper and lower eyelashes. Begin at the base of your lash line, and wiggle the wand in an upward motion to completely coat each eyelash.
Blot away excess serum with a tissue
Since the serum promotes hair growth, be careful not to apply it anywhere other than your eyelashes or lash line. Otherwise, you may experience unwanted hair growth elsewhere. Blot the corner of your eye with a tissue after application to prevent any excess serum from spreading to other areas of your skin.
Clean over-the-counter applicators
Use a gentle cleanser, unscented soap, baby soap, or a dish detergent and lukewarm water to clean the applicators for the over-the-counter products. Gently wash them with the soap of your choice, rinse them thoroughly, and place them on a flat, clean towel to air dry. The brushes should dry within 6 to 8 hours.