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By BR Kellie
You know who has magnificent eyelashes? Our very own BR Merilyn. Seriously. They're beautiful. I was sitting across from her talking business when I first noticed them and immeditely asked what mascara she was wearing. The answer? None. She then told me she'd been using a lash serum and the difference it had made was HUGE. To be honest, I'd always been skeptical about such things, but the proof of their greatness was staring me in the face. Literally.
So it got us wondering... what myths are out there about lash serums? What is the truth? There was only one thing for it... We tracked down our industry source, had a chat and got the low down...
Eyelash Serums use Hormones!
This is not the case, normally this is simply a case of mistaken identity. Hormones are confused with Prostaglandins. They are very different.
Hormones, which are secreted by glands, are transported by the blood stream throughout the body and act on distant cells.
Prostaglandins have a short half-life and act only locally before being inactivated and excreted. Prostaglandins are a group of lipid compounds that are naturally present in practically all tissues in the body.
The Prostaglandins used in active eyelash serums communicate with cell receptors in the hair follicle and encourage it to stay in its natural growing phase for a longer period of time. This is why Lash Serums that contain Prostaglandins create such noticeable length. These type are also the best rated ones on Beauty Review.
Active Serums like: LiLash, Revitalash, fLash.
Some Eyelash Serums have been Banned in Australia and are therefore Not Safe!
Untrue. There is simply a difference between the product classification regulations in Australian and New Zealand. In New Zealand Eyelash Serums that contain a Prostaglandin ingredient are classified as a cosmetic as long as its only included in a very low concentration. In Australia any product containing this type of ingredient (regardless of concentration) requires a prescription. Some brands have been remove from sale as a result of this difference in regulation, not because of safety.
Eyelash Serums can Change your Eye Colour!
This is incorrect. The only lash serum that had this as a potential side effect is Latisse which requires a prescription. Latisse was the first Lash enhancer to use a prostaglandin (Bimatoprost) and was derived from glaucoma medicine, when one of the side effects noticed from the medicine was longer lashes. Eye colour change was only associated as a side effect to the higher concentration of the ingredient Bimatoprost when applied as an eyedrop. But as it was a side effect of the medicine Latisse had to include it as a potential side effect to the Lash enhancer.
Most Active Lash Serums now use different prostaglandins that are in lower concentrations and are safe to use with no risk of eye colour change.
You Can’t use Lash Serums while Pregnant and Breast Feeding!
Every brand has a different position on this. Some say it’s safe based on studies and the fact that you’re only applying to the eyelash. Others are more conservative and ask that you consult your GP. Like most cosmetics out there, brands are not going to run clinical trials on pregnant or breast-feeding woman so there is no evidence to suggest its safe or not. It’s up to the individual to do their own research and decide what suits them.
You Can’t use Lash Serums with Lash Extensions and Cosmetic Tattooing!
You absolutely can, as long as you do not try to apply the Serum while they are conducting the treatment you should be fine. The lash serum will help create stronger and healthier lashes and this will give more for the extensions to bind to. Again, as long as the tattooing has healed properly then you could use a brow serum to enhance the hairs that are on top.
So there you have it! Lash serum myths debunked! Truths told! So, do tell... Are you a fan of lash serums? Which is your favourite? Are you keen to give them a try? Chat away!