Elle posted "19 Reasons to Invest in an Eyelash Serum Now" The article includes Visha Skincare founder, Dr. Purvisha Patel's expertise on how to get the most out of eyelash serums with the ingredient biotin.
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Sometimes achieving the luscious lashes of your dreams takes more than a tube of killer mascara. But applying falsies every day is incredibly high-maintenance and no one has time for that. Somewhere in between is lash serum, a supercharged elixir that does everything from simply strengthening lashes in order to prevent fallout and help them reach their fullest potential, to actually boosting growth and volume.
Don't believe us? Listen to the pros. “Eyelash serums are used to condition, strengthen lashes, and enhance growth. Think about it like a daily leave-in treatment for your lashes. Just as you a put a leave-in conditioner in your tresses to make them look healthier and grow longer, an eyelash serum containing the right ingredients will make your eyelashes stronger, longer and potentially darker,” NYC board-certified dermatologist Dr. Lian Mack tells ELLE.com. And as much time you spend looking for the right leave-in for your hair, your eyelash serums require a hefty amount of research. Luckily, we did the hard part. Ahead, shop 20 lash serums to turn you into Twiggy in no time.
Scientific Beauty Platinum Long Lash Serum
“This product has vitamin B5 (also known as panthenol) and plant-based peptides,” Dr. Mack explains. Panthenol is an ingredient that helps the lash retain water “and enhances blood flow resulting in healthier, longer lashes.”
Maybelline Lash Sensational Boosting Eyelash Serum
"This is a very affordable option for those looking to enhance their lashes; It is packed with amino acids and vitamins, including B5,” Dr. Mack says.
GRO Lash Serum
A favorite of Dr. Purvisha Patel, this formula contains red clover and mung bean—two ingredients that stimulate production and hair growth.
Obagi Nu-Cil Eyelash Enhancing Serum
A serum beloved by derms, those looking for fuller eyelashes will love the formula, which contains ingredients that encourage thickness and volume over time.
Prevage Clinical Lash Plus Brow Enhancing Serum
In a couple of weeks, you can turn around wimpy lashes (and sad-looking brows) with this hard-working formula featuring a triple peptide complex, which promotes length and fullness.
Phyto-Medic, Natural Eyelash Enhancer
Mother nature comes through for your lashes with this herbal remedy, which uses an organic blend of extracts to stimulate lash follicles.
Lash Serum Intense
Packed with serious skincare ingredients like polypeptides, biotin, and panthenol, this pricey option does wonders for the littlest of lashes.
Lipocils Expert Ultimate Eyelash Growth Serum
Fan-favorite Talika's Lipocils Expert Eyelash Conditioning Gel uses natural ingredients like antioxidants to stimulate growth and enhance color while lifting and curling. The applicator brush is also unique because it allows the product to sweep from the lash line to the end of each strand for even distribution. One reviewer said they noticed a difference in as little as three weeks.
Terrybly Growth Booster
Get your lashes growing simply by applying mascara with this tinted option that comes in black and brown.
Lavish Lash Eyelash Growth Enhancer & Brow Serum
With a four-star rating and almost 50,000 reviews on Amazon, the Pronexa Lavish Lash Eyelash and Brow Serum is a customer favorite. This formula works, but Amazon customer Marianna Vidrak implores, “You do need to commit to making it a part of your nightly routine” if you want to see results. But what's an extra minute for longer lashes and healthy-looking brows?
Full Lash and Brow Serum
Formulated with the amino acid arginine, this nourishing serum pumps up the volume of your lashes and can do the same for brows. Bonus: it hydrates the skin around your eyes, too.
LiftActiv Serum 10 For Eyes and Lashes
When you don't have time to add yet another product to your skincare regimen, knock out lash growing and under-eye anti-aging in one step with this two-in-one serum.
Lashes To Die For Turbo Conditioning Lash Enhancer
The peptide-based treatment is ideal for nighttime. Apply the formula before bed and after a few weeks of sleep, you'll see results.
Diorshow Maximizer 3D Lash Primer Serum
This multi-tasker does the work of a lash-building serum, primer, and clear mascara, plus the applicator works like a mini massager to really get the fortifying formula into the lashes.
Lash Enhancing Serum
Worried an eyelash serum might irritate your eyes? Fret no more. This ophthalmologist-tested and approved formula is infused with vitamins, antioxidants, and amino acids to enhance your lashes for longer, thicker, fuller lashes.. Choose between the six-week starter supply to kickstart the process, or shop the three-month supply for the recommended full three month use.
Eyelash Enhancing Serum
If you’re looking for fuller lashes and not just length, Rapid Lash’s serum has got you covered. Amino acids boost the protein structure of the lashes while polypeptides condition the eye to fight against breakage and add a bit of volume.
Advanced Eyelash Conditioner
Perfect for the most brittle lashes, this lash conditioner works to prevent breakage while simultaneously improving moisture.
Lash Enhancing Serum
The key ingredient, sodium hyaluronate, protects and strengthens the most brittle lashes to reveal a more nourished and soft lash. Pumpkin seed extract also promotes volume, so it will look like you’re wearing falsies even though you’re not.
Lash Enhancer Serum
If you’re looking for results fast, look no further than Neutrogena’s Lash Enhancer Serum. Users have seen lash growth in as little as two weeks!
But are eyelash serums really effective?
Like skincare, eyelash serums are only effective when used consistently, according to Dr. Purvisha Patel. “Eyelash serums work best on those with short, weak lashes. I recommend a consistent routine of daily application as it takes at least a month to see results,” she explains. For those with short, brittle lashes, Dr. Patel recommends Latisse. “Latisse is the only FDA-approved prescription treatment for hypotrichosis (inadequate lashes). The active ingredient is a prostaglandin called bimatoprost. It lengthens the growth cycle of eyelashes leading to longer, darker, and fuller lashes.”
What should you look for in an eyelash serum?
“There are some OTC eyelash serums that have derivatives of prostaglandin that help lengthen lashes. Over the counter serums contain ingredients such as biotin. Biotin is a B vitamin and helps lashes grow longer and thicker and stimulates the growth of additional eyelash follicles. Serums have lipids to condition the lashes as well,” Dr. Patel says. In addition to biotin, Dr. Mack says to look at the ingredient list for active ingredients, ranging from amino acid to keratin to biotin and Vitamin B5. “Avoid products that have unnecessary preservatives and fragrance to reduce the risk of irritation or an allergic contact dermatitis,” she explains.
How long until I see results?
Patience is key when it comes to eyelash serums. “Some of these serums can take close to 3 months to see results," Dr. Mack warns. “Remember to be consistent and to apply serums to clean eyelashes. If you experience any irritation or redness, stop the product use, and see a board-certified dermatologist.”