Considering your eyelashes and eyebrows are so prominent on your face, it’s no wonder many women go to great lengths to make sure they’re looking the best they can. Whether your brows are a little jacked up because you took too much off while tweezing, or your lashes are weak and falling out because you overdid it with the falsies, it is possible to stimulate growth and improve the health of both your brows and lashes in a matter of weeks. Check out a few of your options.
Most serums are formulated for encouraging the growth of healthier, fuller-looking lashes and brows. But don’t expect an overnight, miracle cure. These serums typically take weeks or even months to show a visible change. Typically, you must apply the serum twice daily, but make sure to follow individual instructions for best results.
- Rimmel Lash Accelerator Serum with Grow-Lash Complex : This serum is one of the most affordable options on the market. The ‘round the clock, clear gel, makes it possible to wear the serum as an overnight treatment, or under your eye makeup. You can also apply this serum on sparse brows to encourage growth in up to 30 days. ($9 Online & In Stores)
- L’oreal Concentrated Lash Boosting Serum : The formula in this serum is designed to reinforce, condition, and protect each lash. What you can expect is fuller, thicker lashes in about 4 weeks. This product can also be used alone or under eye makeup. ($15 Online & In Stores)
- Urban Decay Lush Lash System : This product is a two-step fortifying system that boasts 25% longer, thicker lashes in only two weeks. What’s cool about this system is that it comes with a combination of two products — a clear gel-like serum that you apply to your lash line to strengthen, lengthen, and thicken your lashes, and a conditioning mask with Panthenol and Vitamin E that you apply to your lashes and brows to keep them healthy. ($42 Online & In Stores)
- RapidLash Eyelash & Eyebrow Enhancing Serum : This serum features a unique blend of nourishing ingredients that enhance, condition, moisturize, and strengthen both lashes and brows. Unlike many other serums, this product only needs to be used once a day. You should see an improvement in the appearance of lashes and brows in about a month. ($50 Online & In Stores)
- LiBrow Purified Eyebrow Serum : This serum is one of the few products on the market created specifically to stimulate the growth of healthy hair follicles where eyebrows were once sparse or bare. As a bonus, LiBrow also contains a tinting agent that claims to darken eyebrow hair one to two shades within a few days. FYI, there’s also a LiLash Purified Eyebrow Serum that promises fuller and thicker looking lashes in as little as 4 weeks. (Both products $80+ each Online)
If you’re not a fan of the serums on the market, or you’re looking for a more cost-effective solution to achieving healthier lashes and brows, you can create your own homemade serum with all natural ingredients. All you have to do is mix together equal parts castor oil (or Jamaican black castor oil), coconut oil, and vitamin E oil, along with a few drops of rosemary essential oil. You can mix all the ingredients in a small jar, or if you’re fancy, mix them together in an empty mascara bottle. I recommend buying an empty mascara bottle because it will make for easier application. You can buy them many places online, and I’ve even seen them at stores like Sears. Since your natural serum will be much heavier than store bought serums, you may want to apply it before bed as an overnight treatment, or at other times when you’re not wearing makeup. If used daily, you can expect visible results in about 6 to 8 weeks.
If you’re not seeing the results you want with over-the-counter and natural serums, there’s always the prescription medication Latisse. Latisse is recommended only for people with inadequate lashes, and is not intended for use on the lower eyelid, or brows. For full results, you must apply the medication daily along the lash line of the upper eyelid for at least two months. The downside of Latisse is that improvements (longer, thicker, darker eyelashes) “remain as long as you continue to use the medication. When you stop using Latisse, your eyelashes will eventually return to their original appearance,” according to the Mayo Clinic. There are also some side effects, such as itchy, red eyes, dry eyes, and darkened eyelids. You must also be careful when applying Latisse, because if it repeatedly drips off your eyelids, you’ll definitely get some unwanted facial hair!