Can t get your lashes done right now? Try these 10 eyelash conditioning serums instead

Can t get your lashes done right now? Try these 10 eyelash conditioning serums insteadCan’t get your lashes done right now? Try these 10 eyelash conditioning serums instead.

The road to achieving longer-looking lashes is full of trial and error. But these days, the options are plentiful. Once upon a time, the only real option was to reach for falsies and lash glue, but today you can choose from eyelash extensions, lash lifts, lash tinting, and more. Plus, there are several lengthening mascaras that have truly come a long way and can actually do the trick—temporarily of course.

So what’s a long lash-lover who wants longer-lasting results to do? The costs of salon services like tints, extensions, and perms can add up, and not everyone wants to put on a set of false lashes every day. Plus, with tons of salons being forced to close because of coronavirus (COVID-19), many people’s normal beauty routines are being put to the test. Those who may typically go in for a normal lash extension fill might not be able to get there.

Enter: eyelash serum. While eyelash growth serum is nothing new, it’s a category that’s seen growth in both variety and formulation in recent years. Gone are the days of having just one or two expensive options to choose from. While luxe options definitely still exist, even drugstore brands have gotten into the lash serum game.

But wait, do eyelash growth serums really work?

The tricky thing about eyelash serums is that they aren’t actually stimulating any new hair follicle growth—that’s something that only an FDA-approved, prescription-level serum like Latisse can deliver. These lash growth serums are not FDA-approved because they are considered cosmetics.

The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act defines cosmetics by their intended use, as “articles intended to be rubbed, poured, sprinkled, or sprayed on, introduced into, or otherwise applied to the human body…for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering the appearance.”

Instead, most of these cosmetic serums contain ingredients like peptides, amino acids, and oils that essentially strengthen your existing lashes and may extend their lifetime so they don’t fall out as quickly. Typically the lifespan of a lash is six-to-eight weeks, so by extending this timeline, your lashes may appear longer and fuller. However, because everyone’s lash growth phases happen at different rates, keep in mind that some of these serums may work on a case-by-case basis. And because they work by nourishing the lashes, they make take up to several weeks to see results.

How do I apply an eyelash serum?

Eyelash growth and conditioning serums are best applied at night on clean, dry lashes. With the tiny brush, you gently sweep the serum across your upper eyelid, wiping off any access product that gets above the lash line. Just beware that because these products are not FDA regulated, and some may cause eye dryness or redness.