The Real Key to Naturally Longer Eyelashes and Eyebrows
We now understand that eyebrows are an important player in framing the face of men and women.
The shape is important, but so too is the quality.
Similarly, for women in particular, long eyelashes can negate the need for fake eyelashes and help beautify your eye region.
With the culture change, over the last decade, towards fuller eyebrows and longer eyelashes, we have seen a meteoric rise in false enhancers.
The problem is that so many of us would much rather have a natural length and fullness to our brows and lashes, as it means less artificial additions and more flexibility in our look.
Now, many of you have probably come across multiple different supplements that purportedly increase eyebrow and eyelash volume.
Some of these common supplements include collagen, biotin and selenium. These normally come in the form of tablets, capsules or powders you can add to your diet.
Without a doubt, these will help improve the quality of your hair but, will they actually make your brows or lashes fuller? The short answer is no!
Why? You may be wondering. Okay, let’s give you a quick science lesson.
Hair, in general, doesn’t grow to the same length whether that’s between people or on different parts of your own body.
The reason is genetic! Hair growth is determined by something we call a growth cycle. That growth cycle has different phases, of which one of the phases is known as Anagen or ‘the growth phase’.
This is the only part of the cycle where the hair actually grows.
The length of the growth phase will determine how long your hair gets to be and that window is genetically determined.
The different growth phase lengths are the reason why the hair on your head can grow very long but, thankfully your eyebrows don’t!
Okay, so simply put, your eyelashes and eyebrows are not longer or fuller because your window of growth isn’t long enough.
With this understanding, we can see why all the supplements in the world cannot actually give you longer / fuller lashes and brows.
Now, the million-dollar question, is there a way to make the growth phase of your brows and lashes longer? The answer is yes! There are serums which when applied to the eyebrows or eyelashes can marginally extend the growth phase of the hair.
These serums contain fancy structures called prostaglandins, or prostaglandin similar structures.
The exact mechanism of how they work is rather advanced but, in essence, they signal to the body for the hair to keep growing.
However, there is a limit as to how much growth you can get and that will vary from person to person.
I see that as a good thing since you don’t want to look pre-historic, but it does mean when using these products, you need realistic expectations.
Now, I’m not in the business of promoting products unless I absolutely feel the need to but, there a couple you should probably know about.
Firstly, the only product that’s actually licenced to increase eyelash length is a product called Latisse.
It’s not available in the UK but is available in the US. Its active ingredient is very potent but, while results are very impressive it can have side effects.
As such, unless you’re under an aesthetic practitioner in the States then it’s off limits.
The second company (Revitalsh & Revitabrow) make a watered-down version which conditions lash and brow hair more than anything but, does also contribute to increased volume and length, through the same means we’ve already discussed.
The ingredients are not quite as potent as what our American friends have in Latisse.
Again, I would always seek advice from an aesthetic doctor before starting any treatment in case the lack of lash or brow length has a medical cause and that needs to be addressed before anything else.
For the best results, include the correct serums as part of an overall regime that promotes healthy hair.
That includes a diet with adequate Biotin and selenium.
For a stepwise guide as to how you can improve your brow and lash game be sure to purchase ‘The Essential Eye Beauty Guide’ by Dr Uche.
Dr Uche is an author and award winning advanced Aesthetic Practitioner. He is also the founder of the founder of The Cosmetic Eye Clinic.