The Best Eyelash Growth Serums: A Comprehensive Guide

Latisse is the only FDA-approved eyelash growth serum on the market, making it the best prescription eyelash growth serum available. It requires a doctor's prescription, but it is highly effective. Talika created a cosmetic hybrid with many benefits of her cult favorite serum, containing an ingredient that improves eyelashes with each use. It is rich in coleus forskohlii, a natural pigmentation stimulator to darken eyelashes, and packed with peptides.

After considering all the different formulas available, the types of results consumers are looking for, and consulting dermatologists, Shape came up with a list of the best eyelash growth serums. Our top pick overall is RevitaLash Advanced Eyelash Conditioner, which contains a small amount of prostaglandin to help stimulate eyelashes and promote rapid growth. It is also infused with useful peptides that protect eyelashes from breakage and provide shine. The most important ingredients to consider in eyelash growth serums are peptides, such as myristoyl pentapeptide and myristoyl hexapeptide.

These protein peptides stop eyelash breakage and help repair hair damage. Vitamins B5 and B7 strengthen hair roots, promote hair growth and prevent premature hair loss. RevitaLash advanced eyelash conditioner is also a great serum option for denser lashes. Uklash may be a new name, but it's already gaining a loyal following for its effective eyelash growth serum.

This popular formula contains peptides, panthenol and a green tea extract, which is said to stimulate follicles. Rapidlash is another long-time favorite that contains a patented combination of peptides, biotin, panthenol and nourishing pumpkin seed extract. The Ordinary's predictably affordable eyelash serum is more of a conditioner, but it's sure to fly out of stores anyway. It contains peptides along with a series of nourishing and soothing extracts, such as aloe vera and camellia leaf.

Lashfood is the only Ecocert-certified eyelash serum that uses a blend of hydrolyzed soy and rice proteins to nourish eyelashes instead of traditional peptides. It's vegan-friendly, deeply hydrating and gentle enough for sensitive skin. The last release of Augustinus Bader was not the one we expected, but after a month of use we can say that it stands out. The brand's eyelash and eyebrow serum is milky and nourishing with the exclusive TFC8 nutrient complex along with polyphenol-rich flower extracts that increase circulation in the follicles, encourage keratin production and reduce hair loss.

It is important to use common sense when choosing any new product and do a patch test before using it to monitor your skin's reaction to the serum. If you experience redness or irritation, stop using it immediately. Dermatologists provided quotes on the products on this list and evaluated the benefits and difficulties of using serums for eyelash growth. Independent studies on the effectiveness of serums for eyelash growth are scarce, however anecdotal approval is widespread.

The original eyelash growth serum was developed by an eye doctor to help his wife recover her eyelashes after receiving chemotherapy. It contains biotin, peptides and Tahitian plankton extract which work together to strengthen and moisturize eyelashes while promoting growth. If other eyelash serums seem to irritate your eyes, consider trying Lashfood's Phyto-Medic natural eyelash enhancer or The Ordinary's predictably affordable eyelash serum which is more of a conditioner but sure to fly out of stores anyway. It is important to remember that the only treatment approved by the FDA for eyelash growth is Latisse; however some other serums may work as well if they contain prostaglandins or peptides that stimulate follicle growth and keep them in the anagen phase of the hair cycle.

Celebrity eyelash expert Clementina Richardson knows a thing or two about how to keep your natural lashes strong and long before, during, and after eyelash extensions; she recommends using serums with caution as they may require you to visit the salon more often due to increased speed of growth.

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