There are many claims out there about DIY tricks that can improve hair growth, speed up metabolism, or increase the negative ions in the air around you, but what does science have to say – what indeed works?
If you want to get rid of the false eyelashes and eyelash extensions, there are several different methods you can use to grow eyelashes. Latisse eyelash serum is a popular solution for growing longer eyelashes. However, studies have shown that it can cause eye irritation in certain people. The FDA warns that in addition to causing eye irritation, Latisse can cause skin discoloration and possibly even permanently change the color of your eyes. Yes.
Unfortunately, other over-the-counter products that promise eyelash growth aren̵
“Grande Lash, Neulash, and others have a similar active ingredient called isopropylcloprostenate,” says Anna Guanche, a board-certified dermatologist and dermatological surgeon at the Bella Skin Institute. “It works the same as Latisse, but with potentially more variable results and greater potency. OTC products are not as regulated as actual, FDA-approved drugs.”
This means that using an over-the-counter eyelash serum can cause some of the same problems as Latisse and is not well regulated by the FDA. Still, Latisse is FDA approved, while many of the eyelash serums on the market don’t. This is why dermatologists still recommend it to their clients – as long as you understand the risks.
Instead of playing with potential side effects, many people are turning to DIY anti-lash growth remedies to get long lashes without the risk of changing anything as personal as changing your eye color. And while they may not be quite Some of them are as effective as an FDA approved eyelash growth serum like Latisse.
Castor oil and vitamin E.
While castor oil has been used in everything from laxatives to skin care, there isn’t a lot of research to support the claim that castor oil can stimulate hair or eyelash growth, but preliminary studies are encouraging. One study suggests that one of the chemical compounds that make up castor oil can potentially be used to treat hair loss. However, more research is needed. Despite the lack of scientific evidence, castor oil remains a popular DIY remedy for eyelash growth – even among dermatologists.
“Castor oil has been shown to induce hair growth from the eyebrows and eyelashes,” says Guanche. “Anyway, it is oily – some people break out from it, and there are also some people who are allergic to it. But in general it works. “
Michele Green, MD of RealSelf, is also a fan of castor oil for eyelashes. She suggests creating your own recipe for an eyelash growth serum by mixing aloe vera with castor oil and applying it to your eyelashes at night.
“This combination stimulates hair growth and thickens the lashes, making them appear thicker,” says Green.
Another popular solution for a DIY eyelash growth serum is vitamin E oil. However, research is limited to whether it actually helps you get longer, thicker lashes. There is a study that suggests that vitamin E oil can promote hair growth in those with hair loss. However, researchers believe it is related to vitamin E’s ability to reduce oxidative stress on the scalp rather than stimulating the hair follicles. Another study suggests that consuming too much vitamin E can affect hair growth.
“Vitamin E oil on its own doesn’t really induce hair growth,” Guanche says, “but castor oil is high in vitamin E, hence the confusion.”
Coconut and almond oil
Coconut and almond oil lovers claim that they help with longer lashes, but – like many other home remedies – there isn’t a lot of science to back it up.
However, this doesn’t mean that coconut oil isn’t beneficial for your eyelashes. One study suggests that coconut oil helps prevent protein loss in hair. This means that while we don’t know if coconut oil stimulates hair growth, it does keep hair healthy, which in turn could improve its appearance.
Some claim that using sweet almond oil will keep hair follicles hydrated and prevent them from falling out, but – much like coconut oil – just not enough research has been done on almond oil and eyelash growth.
How to use DIY eyelash serums
The first step in applying a DIY eyelash serum is to make sure you are using a quality product and that you’re not allergic to it – which means it’s best to do a skin test before you start.
“You want to be careful when applying anything near the eye area,” says Green. “You should use a clean, disposable applicator every time you use it.”
Make sure your skin is free of dirt or makeup before you apply it. Then carefully use an applicator like a clean cotton swab to lightly coat your lash line. Be careful not to get oil in your eye and always wash your face in the morning before applying makeup.
Remember, eyelashes are meant to fall out. Just like with hair follicles, the eyelash growth cycle consists of three main phases. It is normal for eyelashes to peel off, especially at the end of the growth cycle, to allow new, healthier eyelashes to penetrate. If your eyelashes aren’t quite as thick as normal, it may be worth investigating the cause of your eyelash loss.
Sometimes the eyelash loss can be caused by an illness or an underlying medical condition, sometimes it can be related to your diet, medication side effects, allergies, skin infections, or even the makeup you wear. In this case, you should address possible causes. Otherwise, despite all DIY treatments, the problem may persist.
Remember that some cosmetics can be completely harmful to your skin. Just because something is “natural” doesn’t necessarily mean it’s safe. When all else fails, we strongly believe in following a killer skin care routine and rocking the natural look – learning to adopt a positive self-image is the best DIY imaginable.
Jandra Sutton is a writer, historian, and speaker. After graduating from Huntington University with a BA in History, she received a Masters in Modern British History from the University of East Anglia. In her spare time, Sutton enjoys fangirling, running, and anything ice-cream related. Pluto is still a planet in her heart. She lives in Nashville with her husband and their two dogs. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram.