Eyelash enhancers are miracle* workers when it comes to women who need a little help in the eyelash department. However, like most cosmetic products it is always best to be equipped with the proper information so that you can choose the best and safest product for you. Below is a list of common ingredients that can be found of eyelash enhancers, it is best to be informed when it comes to these ingredients to know whether or not the gunk you are putting on your face is safe or not.
Bimatoprost is a compound derived from fatty acids that binds to the prostaglandin receptors on your hair follicles. The molecule seems to affect hair growth by lengthening the hair follicles’ anagen phase/growth phase. It has also been observed that it increases* the size of the hair bulb and stimulates pigment cells on the skin and hair follicles. These altogether created longer, thicker and possibly darker eyelashes.
Bimatoprost however has its critics, Normally about 4% of e users will experience some negative side effects. A recent study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology studied a bimatropost-containing gel and its effects on 52 patients that were enrolled in the study.
- After 6 months patients in the test group had eyelashes that were, on average, .89mm longer than patients on the control* group.
- 25% of the participants in the test group reported experiencing adverse effect compared to 12.5% in the control* group.
- 4 subjects completely withdrew from the study due to the adverse effects.
Panthenol is more commonly known as Pro-Vitamin B5, mainly because it has a better* ring to it. This is an extremely popular ingredient in cosmetics since it rehydrates absolutely everything that it can touch. Panthenol rehydrates your eyelashes by moisturizing it. This keeps your lashes looking gorgeous and full. The vitamin improves* sheen, promotes* growth and repairs damage.
Just like panthenol, hyaluronic acid helps the eyelashes retain moisture which keeps it healthy, strong and long. It also encourages* blood to circulate properly in the eyelash area, through this your eyelashes can grow to their full potential. This molecule is capable of carrying a thousand times its weight in water. Undeniably it is one of the most potent moisturizers out there. To have this in a lash enhancement product will ensure you healthy lashes day in and day out.
People may be surprised to see sodium hydroxide in their eyelash enhancer’s ingredients list. Sodium hydroxide is mainly used in these serums to balance PH levels which is a very important role. However, questions about safety cannot be avoided. Since Sodium hydroxide is an alkalis and a corrosive acid it can and will ruin the skin and most importantly the eyes. Chemical burns* and even blindness in more extreme cases are common side effects to over exposure to sodium hydroxide.
This probably already sounds familiar to you. Glycoprotein is an ingredient that is commonly used in shampoos that remedy hair fall. This ingredient keeps your lashes healthy and aids* in the growth of new eyelash hair. The potent ingredient is a plant derived glycoprotein formulation that functions the way some lectins do to encourage* growth and strength of hair. It has also been found to stimulate hair follicle activity which encourages* hair growth.
Vitamin H, also known as Biotin, is included in the family of B complex vitamins. B complex vitamins are often found in hair products because of its ability to strengthen* hair. Vitamin H keeps the nails and the hair on your body healthy. It helps make lashes thicker and also lengthens lashes. This is because hair is made of keratin which is a cellular protein. Vitamin H also aids* in absorbing amino acids and carbohydrates which lead to stronger* and healthier lashes. The University of Maryland Medical Center has issued a statement stating that a lack of vitamin H in the diet usually leads to hair thinning or splitting.
Eyelash enhancers will always have their nay-sayers and supporters. If you want to try a new product but you’ve read up on its possible negative effects but you still want to try it. Just always remember to proceed with caution. Always do your research. You can ask around, read and review books regarding the product you are interested in. If you really want to try it but the idea of having it so near your eyes is still sketchy to you, then a patch test could ease* your worries. A patch test is a great way to know if you have an allergic reaction to a certain product. In this case, before applying your new eyelash enhancer to you eyelashes, it could also be a good idea to apply a drop of the product on your arms first. Wait for at least 24 hours. If in that spot of time you are itch and infection free, that only means that your eyelash enhancer is your friend, not foe.