Want Lush Lashes? You’ve Got Options
by Health Blogger Mike Dune
Thick, long, dark lashes are a subtle indicator of natural-looking sophistication and femininity. But they’re not easy to come by. Although some women are blessed with abundant natural lashes, most turn to mascara — with mixed results. These days, lots of options for beautiful lash enhancement exist beyond the cosmetics counter, and these easy solutions can make a big difference for women who are frustrated by their short or sparse lashes. Check out a few of our favorites.
You’ve probably heard of LATISSE®, the topical eyelash treatment made by Allergan (the same company behind BOTOX® Cosmetic). At present, LATISSE is the only FDA-approved medication on the market that’s been proven to grow fuller eyelashes. It’s available through most plastic surgeons, dermatologists, and even some ophthalmologists. For example, doctors at the Aiello Eye Institute often suggest LATISSE as an alternative to eyelash extensions at their Yuma, AZ practice. LATISSE’s most obvious benefit is that it promotes the growth of the user’s natural eyelashes instead of relying on artificial lashes.
Over-the-counter supplements and home remedies can also improve the condition of existing lashes and promote the growth of new ones, too. Biotin, vitamin E, and a protein-rich diet can improve all types of hair growth, including eyelashes, from the inside, while the topical applications of petroleum jelly or olive oil can noticeably condition and strengthen lashes.
Eyelash extensions are often billed as “permanent,” although the designation is a bit of a misnomer. Eyelash extensions, which are usually applied by aestheticians or cosmetologists, are applied to each individual natural lash to lengthen it without the need for mascara. Because the process is so meticulous, an application session can last for more than 2 hours. Eyelash extensions may be worn while swimming or bathing, and will generally last until the lashes to which they’re attached naturally shed the body. Professionally applied eyelash extensions can cost anywhere between $100 and $500.
Long considered one of the best accessories for a big night out, the popularity of temporary false eyelashes has ebbed and flowed throughout the years. Inexpensive false eyelashes are available for a few dollars at the drugstore, and they can add a little extra “oomph” to a special occasion outfit. Cheaper brands are usually only good for a few uses before they begin to lose their shape.
Today’s options for high-end temporary lashes use natural materials such as mink. Mink lashes are made using naturally shed mink fur, so they’re animal-friendly. Once it’s been shed, the mink fur is sterilized to make the lashes hypoallergenic. A set of mink lashes generally costs between $30 and $50 and can be worn up to 25 times.
Other lashes are made from synthetic materials or even sterilized human hair, and they come in a wide variety of styles and colors to suit every face and occasion.