Let’s Talk Lashes
Latisse… Grande Lash… Rodan + Fields Lash Boost…
There are so many option! Is it worth the money? Does it actually work? Full, long, thick lashes are all the rage, and we agree, we love them! You want longer, thicker lashes and aren’t interested in lash extensions or falsies so what can you do?
Let’s talk about your options.
In 2008 the FDA approved Latisse, a prescription solution to help create longer, darker, fuller lashes. Before 2008, Latisse (bimatoprost) was being used for glaucoma. An unexpected effect was eye lash growth! Extensive studies show that Latisse can increase eyelash length by about 25 percent and lash thickness by 106 percent (!!). That’s impressive… Latisse absolutely works. But how?
Let’s get a little science-y: Latisse (bimatoptost) is a prostaglandin. Prostaglandins are found naturally in your body. They cause an inflammatory response when the body is injured which increases blood flow to the area. It is believed that Latisse causes the lash to have a longer growth cycle. This means your lashes grow longer before your body naturally sheds them. The extra blood flow also seems to encourage more eyelashes to grow, causing fuller lashes.
So, what are the side effects?
Latisse may cause irritation, redness, swollen or flakey eyelids for some users. The risk of this is low, about 4%. Another possible side effect, while very rarely, is that Latisse may decrease the fat under your eyes. At first, you might think, ‘yes! get rid of all the fat!’ But, removing fat from under the eyes causes you too look more tired. And lastly, you may experience darkening skin around the eyes or of the iris itself. The risk of this is low, and is even lower if you are careful with your product application.
How do you apply Latisse? Apply Latisse before bed by placing one drop of the solution onto a small applicator/ brush and then running the applicator across the lash line. Latisse takes some time to work. You will start to notice improvement after about 4 weeks of use. The full effect often takes a few months (up to about 4).
Ok, but tell me about the Latisse alternatives?
Most other lash boosters including Rodan + Fields Lash Boost and Grande Lash contain isopropyl cloprostenate or a similar chemical as the active ingredient (though it may be buried in a long list of other extracts and ingredients). Is this a bad thing? No, not necessarily, but maybe. Isopropyl Closprostenate is a synthetic prostaglandin. This means it is not found naturally within the body though it works by creating a similar response. In 2011, the FDA released a statement warning about the potential danger of using a synthetic version of a prescription medication. These alternatives usually do cost slightly less, but not significantly so. Because the active ingredient in these serums is a synthetic of Latisse’s active ingredient, all of the side effects mentioned above are the same here.
What’s Our Opinion?
If you have naturally dry eyes, or naturally irritated eyelids these serums may not be a good option for you. If you are not typically sensitive to eye products and are ready to give a lash serum a try we strongly recommend Latisse. With Latisse we know what the ingredients are. Latisse has been extensively studied and the side effects are well known and documented. Anytime you are putting something into your body this is always the better route.