Lash Growth Serums: Do They Really Work?
I got my first lash lift a bit over a year ago and was instantly hooked. I loved how low maintenance it was compared to eyelash extensions, and how I didn’t have to fuss around with applying strip lashes anymore.
However, after a few more lash lifts, I started craving a more dramatic look that was impossible to achieve with my naturally short lashes.
I was so close to going back to getting eyelash extensions again, but then I discovered EyEnvy.
“EyEnvy™ is a breakthrough formula that helps improves the length, volume and thickness of both eyelashes and eyebrows.” – EyEnvy.com
Interestingly, I first found out about this eyelash growth serum at the gym.
The moment I met my personal trainer, I couldn’t stop looking at her long, wispy lashes. For weeks, I tried to figure out what was going on with her lashes. To me, they looked too natural to be extensions, but also seemed too long to be natural. Maybe she’s genetically blessed?
I finally asked her one day and she revealed her secret to me. I still remember her telling me very confidently:
“You have to try EyEnvy ASAP.”
Although I was pretty much sold on the spot, I wanted to do some research first. I was curious to know how EyEnvy works, how effective it is and if it’s safe to use.
Here’s what I found:
Lash Serums and Conditioners
Do Eyelash Growth Products Work?
Currently, Latisse is the only FDA approved and clinically proven eyelash growth treatment on the market. It contains bimatoprost, a prostaglandin, which started out as a medicine to control pressure in the eyes of glaucoma patients. After patients began noticing fuller, longer and darker lashes as a side effect, Latisse was developed as a cosmetic product. Since bimatoprost is a regulated drug, Latisse can only be obtained with a doctor’s prescription.
Besides bimatoprost, other prostaglandins can be found as the active ingredient in some over the counter lash growth serums. These ingredients can appear as the following:
- Isopropyl Cloprostenate
- Prostaglandin I.C.
- Dechloro Dihydroxy Difluoro Ethylcloprostenolamide
- Methylamido Dihydro Noralfaprostal (MDN)
In recent years, after a warning was issued by the FDA, many lash growth companies have taken out these prostaglandin ingredients and reformulated their serums. According to some users, this change has resulted in less effective products.
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How Do Lash Serums Work?
In order for a lash serum to work, it must have ingredients that will target the lash growth cycle.
Similar to the hair on our head, eyelashes grow in three phases:
This is the active growing phase, lasting from 4-6 weeks, in which the eyelashes are constantly growing.
In this transition phase, the eyelashes are at maximum length and the follicle begins to shrink. This phase lasts from 2-3 weeks.
This is the final stage, also known as the resting stage. The eyelashes will shed after about 100 days.
Bimatoprost in Latisse helps to extend this growth cycle to produce longer and thicker eyelashes. It’s believed that the ‘new’ lashes some Latisse users notice have always been present. They were just too fine or short to notice prior to the effects of Latisse.
Serums and conditioners containing other prostaglandin ingredients are believed to work in the same way.
Other lash growth products often contain a mixture of moisturizing and water binding ingredients. The idea is that these ingredients will help condition the lashes and reduce the chances of breakage, but it’s not clear how these ingredients affect lash growth.
Here are some of most common active ingredients found in over the counter lash serums and conditioners:
- Sodium Hyaluronate
How long does it take for lash growth serums to work?
According to a clinical study conducted by Latisse, most participants started seeing longer and thicker lashes at 4-8 weeks. More enhanced results were seen at around 12 weeks, and the full, dramatic results were seen at 16 weeks.
Research done by other lash growth companies such as LashFood seem to have also observed similar results.
Is It Safe To Use Latisse and Other Lash Growth Enhancers?
It’s been well documented that there are some adverse side effects of Latisse. During clinical trials, about 4% of patients experienced itchiness in their eyes and/or eye redness.
Other side effects that have been observed by Latisse users include:
- Darkening of the skin around the eyes
- Darkening of the iris – increased brown pigmentation
- Eye irritation
- Eye dryness
- Redness on eyelids
Some of these reactions could result from applying Latisse incorrectly, such as getting the product in the eye.
Over the counter eyelash growth serums seem to also have the potential of causing the skin around the eyes to darken and irritation.
The general rule of thumb is to discontinue use if any sensitivities or allergic reactions occur.
Let’s see how EyEnvy stacks up:
How Does EyEnvy work?
EyEnvy is sold exclusively in spas and beauty salons. It doesn’t contain the scientifically proven lash growth ingredient bimatoprost or other prostaglandin ingredients.
Instead, EyEnvy claims that its lash conditioner contains nourishing vitamins and peptides that targets the hair follicles in the anagen growth phase.
Here are the key ingredients and the benefits of each:
Complete list of ingredients:
Aqua/Water, Glycerin, Sympeptide 226 EL, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Sodium Hyaluronate, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide –4, Yeast Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Hexapeptide – 11, Arcyostaphylos Uva URSI (Bearberry) Leaf Extract, Retinyl Palmitate(Vitamin A), Vitis Vinifera (Grape Seed Extract), Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Sodium Lactate, Sodium PCA, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Polysorbate 20, Proline, Methylisothiazolinone, Phenoxyethanol, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Sorbitol, Triethanolamine.
According to EyEnvy, with daily use, longer and thicker new growth will first be detected within 4-6 weeks. It’ll take up to 3 months to achieve full results.
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For sensitive eyes, EyEnvy recommends reducing the usage from daily to every other day. Users with mild to moderate irritation, redness or itchiness are advised to discontinue use. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding are discouraged from using EyEnvy.
Similar to other lash enhancing serums, some EyEnvy users have noticed darkening in the skin around their eyes. EyEnvy claims that this discolouration can be reversed with discontinued use.
- Latisse is the only FDA approved lash serum currently on the market. It’s main active ingredient is bimatoprost, a regulated drug which requires a doctor’s prescription.
- There are some over the counter lash enhancing serums that contain active ingredients similar to bimatoprost. However, over the past few years, they have taken these ingredients out due to pressure from the FDA. Some users have claimed that the reformulated products don’t perform as well.
- Most over the counter lash growth serums on the market today rely on moisturizing and nourishing ingredients, including EyEnvy.
- Lash enhancing products are generally safe when used properly. However, people with mild to moderate sensitivities and allergies should discontinue use.
- Darkening or discolouration of the skin around the eyes is a known side effect for some lash serum users. Some Latisse users have reported darkening of their irises.
My EyEnvy Experience & Results
With daily morning applications, I noticed a slight difference in the length of my lashes around one month in. It wasn’t until August when I started noticing more dramatic results, especially in the outer corner lashes.
At three months, there was no question that my lashes had grown significantly. I noticed the texture of my lashes had changed too. Compared to before, they’d become thicker and darker. Some had even developed a slight curl!
In terms of sensitivities, I experienced none during application. Sometimes I would accidently poke my eye with the application brush, but even then, I didn’t feel any irritation. The only discomfort I felt was the slightest tenderness and itchiness along my lashline. This only happened occasionally and wouldn’t bother me throughout the day.
A side effect that I did experience was extra hair growth on the tops of my cheeks (the area right under my eye). It didn’t bother me at all and I ended up shaving those areas with a facial razor.
My mom noticed the same thing. When I took a closer look, I saw hairs growing on her eyelids! I believe this comes from using too much product or not being careful with application (this stuff is potent).
EyEnvy was definitely what I needed to take my lash lift to the next level. Over 3 months of use, my lashes have become significantly longer and thicker. I’ve also noticed that my lash lifts last longer. I used to get my lashes lifted every 4-6 weeks, but now I find that I don’t need one until about 2 months later.
The extra hair growth around the eye area can be annoying, but it can be easily removed. It’s a small tradeoff I’m willing to take for having long, luscious lashes!
I would absolutely recommend EyEnvy to anyone who’s looking to maximize their lash lift experience, or wants a boost to the length and thickness of their lashes.
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