Natural Eye Lash Serum To Boost Condition & Growth
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If you’ve always resorted to false lashes or permanent eyelash extensions to take your eye fringe to great lengths, welcome to the club. However, if you continue down this route, know that you’ll have bald and barely-there eyelashes. Ever considered using an eyelash serum? Dermatologists swear by it, and we think you should too. Here’s why.
What are eyelash serums?
Eyelash serums, like any serum, are packed with nutrient-boosting ingredients to help boost lash health, from growing and nourishing new lashes to adding thickness, length, and density.
The best eyelash serums also protect and prevent damage caused by lash styling products that can cause breakage and brittleness.
“The average lifespan of an eyelash is 90 days. However, each lash has a different phase. You’re probably going to lose an eyelash every single day, and we want to make sure those eyelashes are nourished and protected with the use of eye care products, including an eyelash serum,” says Jason Roberts, Clarins Training Manager.
Do eyelash serums work?
If you’re wondering if eyelash serums work, the answer is a clear ‘yes!.’ But there’s a catch.
Dr Karan Lal, a board-certified dermatologist, backs this claim and says: “Eyelash serums do work; however, there are many different types of serums, so make sure to look for ones formulated with peptides.”
“Most of these new and innovative growth-boosting eyelash serums have peptides that help eyelashes grow thicker and healthier.”
It’s not the first time we’ve heard about the wonders of ‘peptides’- it’s present in the food we eat, and it is a superstar skin ingredient loved by the beauty and wellness industry. You can find it in almost anything, from make-up, skincare, and haircare to supplements.
Peptides are short chains of amino acids that act as building blocks of proteins such as collagen, elastin, and keratin. Considering our eyelashes are composed of nearly 80% keratin protein, it’s easy to see how a topical top-up can support its fuller growth.
Apart from peptides, many available lash serums are formulated with panthenol to visibly thicken, lengthen, and condition.
“Some are even formulated with nourishing oils like castor oil or vitamin E that moisturise the hairs and help boost lash health with a few weeks of diligent use.” Dr Lal adds.
Can sensitive eyes use a lash-boosting serum?
If you have sensitive eyes, it’s important to trial a lash boosting serum first. Some may contain ingredients that can irritate, so before using any product, carefully read the ingredient list and look for potential irritants such as fragrances or harsh chemicals.
It’s also a good idea to perform a patch test on a small area of your skin near the eye to check for any adverse reactions. If you experience any discomfort or irritation, discontinue and consult with a dermatologist or ophthalmologist for advice. You can also check out our make-up for sensitive eyes feature, and visit your nearest Clarins counter and see if there’s a sample of their SOS Lashes Serum Mascara, to check if you’re compatible.
Which is the best serum for lashes?
We have listed dermatologist-approved eyelash serums you can check out, from over-the-counter to prescription lash serums that guarantee full, fluttery lashes.
“Our SOS lashes serum mascara’s key ingredient is castor oil. Traditionally, castor oil has been used by people for hair and lash growth. This lash serum will not only benefit the nourishment and growth of your lashes to make them stronger but also prevent lash breakage,” says Roberts.
You can use this lash serum mascara day and night. It acts as an excellent lash primer for flawless mascara application and works as a nourishing sleeping mask that cares for lashes down to the roots while you sleep.
A whopping 94% of women who have tried the product said their mascara application is easier after the lash serum application and 61% said it has visibly increased the thickness of their bare lashes. In addition, 56% more noticed stronger and strengthened bare lashes.
To answer your burning brow question: “Can I use a lash serum on my eyebrows?” Yes, your eyebrows can also benefit from the SOS Lashes Serum Mascara.
Latisse (Prescription Eyelash Serum)
In severe cases, dermatologists may prescribe Latisse. Consult your Dr if this is an option you can use, as it’s a pharmaceutical drug rather than a cosmetic. You’ll need a doctor’s prescription to get it and be supervised under a doctor’s care.
Latisse is not only known for its effectiveness for lash growth and thickness, but it’s an FDA-approved serum formulated with an active ingredient called bimatoprost. The ingredient not only boosts lashes to become longer but also stimulates growth in hair follicles not currently producing lashes (or the bald ones) due to lash styling or abuse of eyelash extensions treatments, among other reasons.
How to apply an eyelash serum
A.M. eyelash boosting routine
1. Eye cream
If you are looking for an eye cream with lash care benefits, try Clarins Total Eye Lift, £59. It contains organic harungana and cassie flowers, giving you instantly lifted and brighter-looking eyes and panthenol to keep your lashes beautiful. Continue with the usual order of your beauty regimen. If you need help, read your skincare routine order explained.
2. Prep (SOS Lashes Serum Mascara)
The SOS Lashes Serum Mascara is fantastic for building and strengthening your natural lashes. The best way to apply it is as if you would use your regular mascara underneath the mascara of your choice. Apply 5-10 coats from roots to tips of lashes.
3. Intensify (Your preferred mascara)
Once you’ve applied your eyelash serum, you can use your chosen mascara to intensify your lash colour and make-up result. To date, Clarins has four mascaras you can choose from. They all have a Lash Boosting Complex formulated by Clarins Research to visibly lengthen and strengthen lashes.
For days you want your eyelash and brow make-up to withstand rain, heat, sweat, and tears or hold your make-up for 12 hours, then add a lightweight topcoat. The invisible gel can make it instantly waterproof and smudge-proof. You can also use this to sculpt and lift your brows. It also has the Lash Boosting Complex and organic cranberry oil, so don’t worry if you think you’re overloading your lashes and brows with too many products.
P.M. eyelash boosting routine
Eye cleanse (Eye-make-up remover)
Having an eye-make-up remover is a fantastic addition to your eye-cleansing routine. Using one designed for the eyes assures you that it is ophthalmologist tested and gently formulated for the contours of the eyes.
If you use waterproof eye make-up, try the Clarins Instant Eye Make-Up Remover , £22.
For people with sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers, you would benefit from the refreshing and non-irritating formula of Clarins Gentle Eye Make-Up Remover, £22. Make sure to gently dab the cotton pad on the eyelid for 10 seconds to allow eye make-up, and mascara to dissolve completely. Then sweep over the eyelashes from root to tip without rubbing to prevent lashes from falling out.
Both are enriched with panthenol, cornflower, rose water and aloe vera, which have moisturising, and soothing properties perfect for the delicate eye area and to boost lash health.
Eye contour area
Apply your eye cream, followed by your eye mask, to leave overnight.
Sleep lash mask
End your nighttime routine with a swipe of your SOS lashes serum mascara. Apply 5-10 coats to fully nourish your lashes from roots to tip and visibly revitalise your lashes as you sleep. Wake up to healthier and full lashes day by day.
Watch this Lash & Brow Masterclass by Clarins Beauty Coach Rebecca as she goes through how to apply eye cream using the Clarins application method – how to sculpt brows using our Brow Duo; create a natural smokey eye, and how to accentuate your lashes with our new lash and brow collection.
And if you have sparse brows or you’ve made a booboo when grooming your brows, you’ll love our tutorial: Make-up for Missing Eyebrows.