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Lashes: Long, Luscious, Thick Lashes

Lashes are a focal point of our faces, and we have entered a new era where false eyelashes are all the rage. There are not salons that are dedicated exclusively to providing long, natural appearing lashes. I love this idea, but hate the maintenance that is required. I just don’t have time!

The photo associated with this article is a photo, taken today, of my lashes. And no, I do not have lash extensions or false eyelashes on. Nor was I born with long lashes (mine were always short and average).

But a little over a decade ago, an amazing product was FDA approved to help those of us who were not genetically blessed with long lashes: Latisse! This amazing solution is comprised of bimatoprost which was initially recognized as an eye drop to treat glaucoma. Physicians recognized that patients using this product for their glaucoma grew really long, thick, dark eyelashes.

So Latisse, when used regularly, will thicken, darken, and lengthen your eyelashes! So you can have the luscious lashes that you have always desired, with the minimal maintenance of taking a few seconds before bed to brush the solution along your upper lash lines. Latisse works by actually lengthening the growth phase of your lashes (=longer) and also increasing the number of hairs (thicker) that sprout from your lash line. The cost is around $100 per month. A prescription is required to obtain the product.

Your should not use Latisse if:

  1. You have a history of glaucoma or any issues with eye pressure
  2. You have an eye infection or inflammation
  3. You are pregnant or nursing

Latisse is extremely safe, but there are a few reports of side effects including:

  1. Eye irritation/redness/puffiness/itchiness
  2. Dry eyes
  3. Darkening of the skin of the upper eyelid (where Latisse is applied)
  4. Microscopic brown pigmentation of the iris (colored part of your eye)

If you are unable to obtain Latisse, or have any issues or side effects with the product, Rodan and Fields Lash Boost is a wonderful and effective alternative. This nightly lash conditioner gives the appearance of longer, thicker lashes and no prescription is needed!

Recipe for gorgeous lashes:

  1. Healthy diet, consider Biotin supplement
  2. Latisse (prescription) or Rodan and Fields Lash Boost; apply nightly
  3. Too Faced “Better Than Sex” mascara

***Latisse and Lash Boost can also be used to help regrow over-plucked eyebrows!

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