Eyelash growth serums are becoming popular — here; s what experts think

Eyelash growth serums are becoming popular — here; s what experts thinkEyelash growth serums are becoming popular — here’s what experts think.

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Can a swipe of serum give you longer, fuller lashes?

If you’re dreaming of doe-like lashes, but can’t be bothered with false lashes and eyelash extensions, you may want to consider an eyelash-enhancing serum. But what exactly do these treatments entail?

“They generally contain ingredients like panthenol and argan oil to smooth and condition lashes, humectants such as hyaluronic acid to plump lashes, and peptides to stimulate the lash’s hair follicle,» said Dr. Joshua Zeichner, the director of cosmetic & clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.

Which treatment’s right for you? That depends on what your end goal is.

«I think the consumer needs to determine if they desire true regrowth or just conditioning and pick ingredients accordingly,» said New York-based dermatologist Dr. Sejal Shah.

«Serums that do not contain bimatoprost and isopropyl cloprostenate or a comparable prostaglandin are more lash conditioners, which likely make lashes look fuller or longer by hydrating them but don’t truly stimulate growth,» Shah told us.

“Unfortunately, we don’t have any head-to-head studies comparing the effectiveness of one product to another, so you’ll have to rely on the reputation and science provided by each brand and give them a try,” Zeichner advised.

Both physicians cautioned users to be careful when trying out any of these treatments. «Apply as directed, avoiding the eyelid and eye itself,» said Shah. «Before using, patch test it on another part of the skin, such as the inner arm.»

If you develop a reaction (any redness or stinging) wash the product off right away and stop using it. If the reaction is severe, contact your physician.

If you’re interested in giving these new treatments a try, we’ve rounded up a few popular lash-enhancing serums to consider, plus other boosting options that promise gorgeous lashes in a snap.