Buying Lash Serums in Vancouver

Before looking into lash extensions (and before becoming a certified Lash Artist in Vancouver) I looked into different lash growth serums. Now that I am more educated and a Vancouver authorized re-seller of lash growth serum, I thought it would be a good idea to share some of what I know. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about lash serums in Vancouver, or if you would like to get started.

What is a lash growth serum
Before I go into more detail, let me explain the 3 phases of lash growth:

hair growth cycle diagram
  • Anagen phase: this is the first stage, and it lasts from 30-45 days. These are your baby lashes, new growth.
  • Catagen phase: this is the second stage, and can last 2-3 weeks. These are your teen lashes.
  • Telogen phase: this is the last stage, also referred to as the resting phase. When it has run its course, the lash will fall out as it is pushed out by an anagen lash growing below it. These are the lashes you see shed.

Your upper lid can have between 80-150 individual lashes. A lash growth serum is a product that can help your lashes grow longer and help your lash line get fuller.

How do lash serums work
While it’s not entirely understood (yet) how lash growth serums help, it is believed that they help increase the percentage of hairs in & the duration of the anagen phase. This means that you could experience a spurt of new lashes, and they would get longer since their phase would be longer than 30-45 days.

Most lash serums now focus on conditioning and nourishing the lashes. For example, their ingredients contain peptides (which can help reduce hair loss), Biotin (good for hair growth), lipids and panthenol (which offer hydration as well as thickening properties and the ability to repair breakage).

You apply the lash growth serum once a day for a certain amount of time, but make sure you read the application instructions on your serum as they may differ from brand to brand.

What are the lash serum options?

There are a few lash serums out on the market, these are some of the main ones:

  • Latisse: this serum (bimatoprost ophthalmic solution) was originally created to help treat some effects of glaucoma. It is only available through a doctor’s prescription as it contains an FDA-regulated ingredient (prostaglandin). Some of the side effects of using Latisse are: darkening of the skin around the eye, dry eyes/irritation and increased brown iris pigmentation. Darkening of the skin (caused by bimatoprost) may stop and once you stop applying Latisse, though the iris pigmentation change may be permanent. As for the overall results: the onset is gradual but not significant in the majority of patients until 2 months. Latisse was tested on animals. Active ingredient: bimatoprost. Inactive ingredients: benzalkonium chloride; sodium chloride; sodium phosphate, dibasic; citric acid; and purified water. Sodiumhydroxide and/or hydrochloric acid may be added to adjust pH.
  • Revitalash: this serum was developed by an ophthalmologist and has a proprietary blend (peptides, lipids, biotin, green tea extract, rich in panthenol). It is vegan friendly and cruelty free. Some of the side effects include eye irritation, swelling, or redness, along with darkened skin around the eye area, or weak/stiff eyelashes. A small percentage of users have reported change in eye color, or even blurred vision. Most side effects will reverse themselves once you discontinue the product. Most see results in about 6 weeks. Ingredients: sodium chloride, panthenol, citric acid, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Disodium Phosphate, Trifluoromethyl Dechloro Ethylprostenolamide, water and cellulose gum. Does not contain Parabens, Phthalates, BHT, Gluten.
  • EyEnvy: the Eyenvy growth serum is only available through beauty professionals (in spas and beauty salons, or in my case as a mobile lash artist in vancouver). Some of the side effects may include darkening of the skin around the eye, and redness/irritation, which can subside once you stop using the product. There haven’t been reports of iris discoloration or troubled vision. Eyenvy recommends applying the serum every other day if you have sensitive eyes. As for the results: you can start see improvements in your lash line in about 3-4 weeks, with full potential in about 3 months of use. Ingredients: water, Myristoyl Pentapeptide 17, Butylene Glycol, Dextran, Acetyl Tetrapeptide 3, Clover Flower Extract, Glycerin, Panthenol, Sodium Citrate, Leuconostroc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Polysorbate 20, Gluconolactone, Grape Seed Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Benzoate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Propylene Glycol, Yeast Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium PCA, Sodium Lactate, Matricaria Flower Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Arginine, Aspartic Acid, PCA, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Glycine, Alanine, Serine, Valine, Isoleucine, Proline, Threonine, Tocopheryl Acetate, Histidine, Phenylalanine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Arctostaphylosa Uva-Ursi Leaf Extract, Magnisium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Phenoxyethanol, Benzoic Acid, Sodium, Metabisulfite, Triethanolamine.

Why Eyenvy The Eyenvy lash serum is sold exclusively by beauty professionals (in spas and beauty salons, or in my case as a mobile lash artist). This is why you will only be able to buy Eyenvy in Vancouver from a licensed & certified beauty professional. Eyenvy is a lash conditioner that contains nourishing vitamins and peptides that target the hair follicles in the anagen growth phase. It doesn’t contain the same ingredients as Latisse or Revitalash therefore not risking to permanently effect your iris colour or impair your vision. Eyenvy is safe to use with eyelash extensions, just be sure to apply it on your lid and not on the lashes. With more lashes and longer lashes, imagine what your lash set could look like!

I have personally used this lash serum in the past, with no side effects, and I saw results in about 2-3 weeks. Feel free to ask be about the product at our next appointment, or contact me to purchase a tube!

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