Thursday, August 3, 2023
For decades people have been looking for ways to enhance their natural eyelashes.
Over the years there have been many products on the market, including vitamins, serums, mascara, and fake eyelashes. There are plenty to choose from, each with different benefits.
If you are looking for a long-term treatment to increase the length, darkness, and thickness of your natural eyelashes we may have the solution for you.
We are pleased to inform you that we have recently launched our eyelash growth service and we are excited to be one of the first online pharmacies in the UK to offer this service.
So, what does this mean?
You can now get prescription strength eyelash growth treatment from Oxford Online Pharmacy.
During the growth cycle, lashes move through three stages. The active growth phase is the Anagen phase, the transitional phase is the Catagen phase, and the resting phase is the Telogen phase. This cycle might take anywhere from 4 to 11 months to complete from start to finish.
The growth phase is also known as the anagen phase. During this stage, lashes reach their full length. This stage typically lasts 4-6 weeks.
The Catagen phase is also known as the transition phase. The eyelash has ceased developing but is not yet ready to shed and restart the lash cycle. If an eyelash is plucked out at this point, the lash cycle is disturbed and the follicle takes considerably longer to regrow, assuming the hair follicle is not permanently damaged. This stage lasts approximately 2-3 weeks.
The final stage of the eyelash life cycle is the Telogen phase, also known as the resting phase. The hair has stopped growing at this phase and is poised to shed, restarting the growth cycle. This stage can last up to three months.
During the catagen phase, the hair follicle shrinks, detaches from the dermal papilla, and the lash stops growing.
This is why many people use treatments such as eyelash serum that work by prolonging the anagen phase of the hair cycle which results in longer, thicker lashes.
Eyelash growth serums have become extremely popular among people who look to increase the length of their lashes, with so many products on the market it’s sometimes difficult to know which one to choose, so we will break them down for you.
There are four types of lash-boosting chemicals, and your lash serum may have some or all of them.
The four categories are:
The first group includes medicinal and semi-medical serums containing PGAs (prostaglandin analogues), which are synthetic components.
Like any other hair on our bodies, lashes grow in three stages: growth, resting, and shedding. A typical lash cycle lasts between 30 and 45 days. A PGA treatment prolongs the growth phase of the lash while shortening the falling-out phase, essentially speeding the hair cycle. When you stop, the lashes will ultimately resume their natural cycle.
PGAs have been shown to stimulate lash development and darken lashes; they are synthetic versions of hormone-like compounds found in the body. Their lash-enhancing capacity was discovered by chance: it was identified as a side effect in persons being treated for glaucoma with an ointment containing a prostaglandin analogue called bimatoprost. It spurred the development of Latisse, a lash growth serum only available in America.
Originally (and now) licenced for medical disorders where lashes fell out, lash lovers quickly adopted the technology for cosmetic purposes. Because bimatoprost is still a drug, Latisse, also known as Lumigan in the UK, is only accessible on prescription. Doctors monitor the use (and adverse reactions, see below).
The initial non-prescription lash serums were well received since they worked well and contained PGAs with the same lash-enhancing advantages but at a low enough level to avoid 'drug' designation. Cosmetic serums are not as closely regulated by doctors as Latisse is.
An example of a prostaglandin-derived serum in the UK is the Lumigan eyelash serum from Oxford Online Pharmacy.
The second type comprises lash boosters that are ' skincare active' and contain peptides. These peptides, including peptide-based scalp serums for thinning hair, strengthen the hair follicles.
Peptides are commonly used in skincare to increase collagen and, it is said, to encourage lash growth in the follicle. They act in more of a 'conditioning' manner strengthening and thickening lashes while preventing breakage. There are several peptides, and numerous combinations of them are used in various serums, with varying degrees of efficacy depending on who you ask.
Peptides do not have the same known enhancing benefits or potential problems as PGAs, but some lipopeptides (a class of peptides connected to a lipid) can irritate as well.
An example of a peptide-based eyelash serum is Lash Fuel™ Advanced Peptide Lash Serum.
The third category includes botanical and vitamin-based lash serums, which work similarly to skincare products in that they nourish and protect the lashes.
Eyelash serums, which are high in vitamins, lipids, peptides, and other nutrients, act on all levels, from strengthening and nourishing existing hairs during the resting phase to encouraging growth during the growth phase and minimising fall out during the fallout phase.
An example of a vitamin-based serum is Moon Boost Eyebrow and Lash Serum.
Finally, castor oil is a traditional medicine that is also used to promote hair and brow development.
Depending on the eyelash serum you use will depend on its efficacy. According to a study on the growth from the application of (Lumigan) bimatoprost gel, the mean eyelash growth from baseline in the bimatoprost group was 2.0 mm vs. a mean of 1.1 mm in the placebo group, which was a statistically significant difference. (1)
Most eyelash serums should be applied at night to the base of the upper lash line, where the eyelashes grow out of the eyelid skin. The treatment should be applied daily for best results although some medical-based serums should be used every other night as maintenance does after 12 weeks.
It is important to note that eyelash serums can be effective at growing eyelashes for as long as you use them. Once you discontinue use, your eyelashes will revert to their normal growth phase.
Most eyelash serums are safe and have been tested for human use, it is important to always check you are purchasing it from a legitimate site when shopping online. Medical eyelash serums are only available on prescription and therefore will be issued by a prescribing doctor who will only prescribe a treatment if it is safe.
Most treatments have a list of side effects and interactions, including Lumigan eyelash serum, according to the patient information leaflet, the most common Lumigan side effect is an itching sensation in the eyes and/or eye redness. Less common side effects include, skin darkening, eye irritation, dryness of the eyes, and redness of the eyelids.