The 12 Best Eyelash Growth Serums, According To Dermatologists

The 12 Best Eyelash Growth Serums, According To DermatologistsThe 12 Best Eyelash Growth Serums, According To Dermatologists.

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Feel like you suddenly need five or six coats of mascara before it looks like you even have eyelashes?

Yeah, you’re not imagining things—hair loss, even in your eyelashes, is really a thing. Changing hormones and vitamin deficiencies as you get older can cause eyelashes to fall out and not grow back, says Dendy Engelman, MD, New York City-based dermatologist. Womp, womp.

Enter eyelash growth serums, which Dr. Engelman says are designed to add back nutrients to sapped eyelash hair, “encouraging and extending its growth.”

The big cheese of eyelash growth serums is Latisse, an FDA-approved serum you can only get via prescription. It sells for about $125 per bottle. Latisse contains an active ingredient called bimatoprost, says Dr. Engelman, which targets the growth cycle of your eyelashes to make lashes grow faster, longer, and thicker. Dr. Engelman says it’s perfectly safe, although there are some side effects like dryness and itching in the eyes.

But if you’re not looking for a prescription-level commitment, try an OTC lash serum instead (which strengthens and conditions hair instead of outright affecting its growth cycle, says Dr. Engelman). She says these are also safe to use, and recommends looking for the following ingredients for legit results: castor oil (which prevents microbe growth and detoxes skin around the lashes), amino acids (which help nourish and repair damage to hair protein), and rosemary (which stimulates and promotes hair growth at the root).

Just be patient—Dr. Engelman says that it’ll take about two to four months to start seeing longer lashes after applying an eyelash serum daily. So if you’re in it for the long haul, give one of these best eyelash growth serums a try.