Is Lash Serum Bad for Your Eyes?

Posted Feb 13, 2020 | Eye Health

We feel it: you want to be able to use those eyelashes to create 60 MPH winds when you blink. But how safe are lash boost products that promise to give you “natural” falsies? In general, anything you choose to use in or near your eyes should be discussed with an eye doctor before use. To help out, we’ve compiled information and tips to help you on your journey to long, luscious eyelashes.

What is lash serum?

Many times, these lash “serums” are lash conditioners containing ingredients to help restore moisture and avoid breakage that mascara (or even other things, like weather) takes away from your eyelashes. Over-the-counter lash serums contain ingredients such as amino acids and collagen (proteins), peptides (short chains of amino acids), and prostaglandins (naturally occurring chemicals in the body) which may improve conditions for eyelashes to grow.

What are the risks of using eyelash serums?

There can be risks associated with lash boosting products, including:
  • Allergic reaction to ingredients
  • Unwanted hair growth on spots other than the lash line where serum has made contact
  • Dry, itchy, and/or red eyes
  • Clogged gland openings – Yikes!

How should you apply lash serums?

You’ll want to follow all directions closely and be sure to always use the applicator provided. Typically, you’ll want to start on the inner corner of your eye and work your way carefully to the outside.

Tips if you plan to use eyelash growth serum:

  • ALWAYS ask your doctor’s advice before using lash boosting products.
  • Take out your contact lenses before applying any serum to your lash line; contacts can absorb the serum.
  • Apply eye cream underneath your eyes as a barrier before applying eyelash serum.
  • Only use each applicator one time and check for expiration dates; do not use expired lash serums!
  • Don’t use if you have other eye related problems such as styes, macular edema, uveitis, pink eye, etc. unless otherwise advised by your doctor.

How to help your lashes grow naturally

If you’re deep in your research and starting to feel like serums just aren’t for you here are some helpful tips that will keep your lashes luscious and healthy without the help of supplements:
  • Take a mascara break. I know – how dare we – but mascara can help contribute to breakage and drying of the lashes. At a minimum make sure you’re washing your face every night and if possible, find days throughout the week where you can live without.
  • Consider using a natural oil like vitamin E. There are products on the market designed to moisturize your skin and hair. Just check with your doctor for the greenlight before applying them to your lashes.

Remember: Ask your eye doctor!

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