Who among us doesn’t wish we had long Bambi lashes? I’ve tried lash extensions, false lashes, lengthening mascaras, but nothing compares to naturally full lashes.
And for those who aren’t #blessed with long lashes naturally? There is a serum for that! The Lash Serum with Lash Caring Complex from L’Oreal claims to grow your lashes in 4 weeks using amino acids and vitamins. Does it work? And how does it compare to serums like Revitalash and Latisse?
Vitamin B5 is also known as Panthenol which you may know from all of those Pantene commercials! Panthenol is a hair growth hero because it helps to reduce breakage. Panthenol penetrates the hair shaft and acts as a humectant moisturizer, pulling moisture from the environment into the hair. That’s one of the reasons why it’s a great ingredient for conditioning eyelashes and promoting growth. It also strengthens the hair, enabling it to last longer so it can grow longer!
The Lash Serum with Lash Caring Complex from L’Oreal also contains arginine. Arginine is an amino acid that helps your body create protein. When taken as a supplement it increases nitric oxide levels, causing a relaxation of the hair follicle that has been called “natural Rogaine.” Nitric oxide and minoxidil (the active ingredient in Rogaine) both open potassium channels, and are therefore believed to be the reason why arginine is associated with hair growth. Unfortunately, I could not find any studies comparing the efficacy of arginine to minoxidil topical hair treatments. It is my educated guess that minoxidil treatments are still superior because they act directly on the hair follicle, and do not require a chemical reaction for their effect, while arginine must stimulate nitric oxide production physiologically.
If you want to boost your arginine intake while using the Lash Serum with Lash Caring Complex without relying on supplements, incorporate more dairy, beef, poultry, fish, and nuts into your diet.
The Best Way to Get Longer Lashes? Prostaglandin
The downside to this serum? Vitamins aren’t the best way to grow your lashes. This is great for conditioning lashes, but growing them? I’m not ecstatic about the use of ingredients like Vitamin B5 to stimulate hair growth, and I’m not the only one reluctant to jump on the bandwagon. According to a review in Chemical and Physical Behavior of Human Hair, “much remains to be discovered about growth factors such as vitamins… and their effects on hair growth and development.
If you really want to get serious about lash growth look for products like Latisse that are formulated with a prostaglanoid called bimatoprost. In a number of reputable studies, bimatoprost has been proven to increase eyelash growth. In one published FDA-reviewed clinical trial, approximately 140 volunteers’ eyelashes typically grew 25 percent longer, 106 percent thicker and 18 percent darker with Latisse (bimatoprost) than those in the non-treatment (control) group.
Although many women are fearful of Latisse due to the possible side effects, only 3.6 percent of patients in the Allergan study experienced eye itching and red eyes, and none had a change of eye color. Still, this does not mean this product is without risk. As Dr. Howard Kaplan, M.D. reports to the New York Times, “A change in eye color is a potential side effect of using Latisse, though it is not a common one. Because it’s possible for this side effect to occur, it’s important to weigh the potential risks and benefits of using the product with your physician.” Indeed, any change in eye color that occurs is likely to be permanent, particularly if you have light-colored eyes. Other potential risks include a very slight increased risk of glaucoma, although the FDA designated the active ingredient in Latisse (Lumigan, a prostaglandin analog) as perfectly safe and unlikely to cause glaucoma (Expert Opinion on Drug Safety). So if you’re someone who likes to avoid chemicals and prescriptions, maybe stick with a vitamin-based formula like the Lash Serum with Lash Caring Complex.
Personal Use and Opinion
The suggested use for L’Oreal Lash Serum with Lash Caring Complex is twice a day (morning and night) and you’ll see results in 4 weeks. I found that the formula was too thick to apply to my lash line during the day, as it interfered with my eye makeup, so I just used it at night.
My eyelashes look healthier, and a bit longer, but nothing too dramatic or crazy. It left much to be desired but for the price, and compared to other lash serums, I can’t be too upset about it.
When it comes to lash serums, the ones that contain prostaglandins (like Latisse and Revitalash) are the most likely to increase the growth of your lashes in the shortest amount of time. Serums like the Lash Serum with Lash Caring Complex from L’Oreal do great at conditioning your lashes and making them stronger but do little to grow them longer than they already are.
But the important thing to remember with any lash serum is that consistency is key. You won’t see results if you don’t use them regularly, and if you stop using them your lashes will simply go back to the way they were prior to using.