Naturally full, fluttery lashes are undeniably flattering, but not everyone is so lucky. Suppose you weren’t born with lengthy natural lashes. In that case, chances are you’ve considered (and probably tried) a range of options in the search for thicker lashes — from temporary fast fixes like swiping on your daily mascara to false eyelashes to monthly lash extensions. But what if you're looking to take your lashes to the next level in a more permanent way? That's when you might consider integrating an eyelash enhancing serum into your daily routine.

You’re likely wondering: Do lash serums actually help lashes grow? What are the best eyelash growth serums? And, most importantly, are they safe to use? Read on to find out these answers and more so you can get your loveliest lashes ever.

What Is Prostaglandin?

“Prostaglandins are lipid compounds derived enzymatically from the fatty acid arachidonic acid. In lash growth serums, prostaglandins are basically used to help calm the irritation caused by the more active ingredients in the lash serum,” said Ramy Gafni, eyebrow expert and founder of Ramy Cosmetics. “For example, if a lash serum contains an ingredient to exfoliate the skin and encourage lash growth, the prostaglandin is added to counteract any irritation that ingredient might cause. When a serum contains prostaglandin as a more active ingredient, it can help stimulate lash growth.”

The flip side is that bimatoprost — known as prostaglandin — can also lead to unwanted side effects. Prostaglandin is widely known as being the active ingredient in the pharmaceutical drug Latisse, which is the only FDA-approved prescription eyelash growth serum. This compound is believed to prolong the anagen (active growth) phase of hair in order to combat hair loss.

Prostaglandin eyelash serums are formulated using chemical compounds with hormone-like effects. However, these synthetic prostaglandins are also be found in other products, listed as ingredients such as:

  • Isopropyl cloprostenate
  • Isopropanol Phenyl-hydroxyl-pentene Dihydroxy-cyclopentyl-heptenate
  • Dechloro Dihydroxy Difluoro Ethylcloprostenolamide
  • Trifluoromethyl Dechloro Ethylprostenolamide

The risks of using prescription eyelash growth serums that include prostaglandin, however, may not be worth the rewards. Unfortunately, lengthened lashes along with unwanted eye and/or skin complications.

Related: How to Grow (or Regrow) Your Eyelashes

The Perils of Prostaglandin

While prostaglandin has the potential to boost lash length and fullness, there are several notable side effects and risks associated with it. Utilizing an eyelash growth serum that includes prostaglandin on a consistent basis can lead to unwanted side effects.

These unwanted side effects may include:

  • Dark spots in the iris
  • Eyelid itching
  • Eye redness
  • Eye irritation
  • Eyelid skin color discoloration
  • Hair growth around eyes if medication regularly runs/drips off eyelids

“Light-colored eyes, like green and blue eyes, run the risk of developing a dark spot in the iris, which is permanent but not common," said Gafni. "More commonly, the skin where the serum is applied (along the roots of your lashline) can become discolored and look like you have eyeliner on. This usually fades away once you stop using the serum.”

These side effects may be only temporary in some people. In others, they may be permanent.

Related: The Ultimate Guide to Hair Growth Cycles

VEGAMOUR Lash Serums Never Contain Prostaglandin

VEGAMOUR lash serums never have and never will contain prostaglandin. Instead, we use ingredients you'll find in nature like mung bean and red clover. We believe in results without compromise — so that means no hormones, no side effects and no prostaglandin. 

9 Reasons to Opt for Lash Serum Without Prostaglandin

If all this sounds scary, there's good news: Natural alternatives exist. Choosing a lash serum that focuses on clean ingredients — think natural and plant-powered — rather than chemical compounds such as prostaglandin allows you to skip the trip to your doctor's office.

“There are many great lash and brow serums that condition the hairs and encourage lash and brow growth without getting into medical-grade ingredients,” said Gafni. “I suggest trying these first.”

When your lashes are in need of extra TLC, try eyelash enhancing serums like vegaLASH Volumizing Serum or GRO+ Advanced Lash Serum. These lash serums may promote healthier, fuller-looking lashes by moisturizing and strengthening existing eyelashes, along with the surrounding skin. 

And the biggest difference — and one that your eyes will appreciate — is that both VEGAMOUR lash serums are powered by plants, rather than prostaglandin.

Here are nine reasons to use these eyelash-enhancing serums, which are formulated with your health in mind.

1. Real Results

Buying a lash serum means you want results — real results you can notice. VEGAMOUR lash serums do just that. You can expect visible results in as soon as 30 days with maximum results taking place after about 60 days of consistent, twice-a-day use. Check out this before and after image from a customer who used vegaLASH Volumizing Serum! Notice a difference in her brows? We have serums for brows, too. 

VEGAMOUR Before & After 

2. Less Expensive 

Compared with pricey prescription lash serums, VEGAMOUR lash enhancing serums are affordably priced. For an even better option to nourish both your lashes and eyebrows, select a combo plan such as VEGAMOUR's Ultimate Lash & Brow Kit.

Also: How to Apply VEGAMOUR Lash & Brow Serums

3. No Rx Required

You won't need to visit your doctor every month, as these products don't require a prescription. While either VEGAMOUR lash serum is a great choice, GRO+ Advanced Lash Serum includes full-spectrum CBD and hemp oil to soothe your skin as it works with the serum's phytoactives to set the stage for fuller, thicker-looking lashes.

4. Natural, Vegan, Cruelty-Free

Say hello to flutter-worthy lashes without straying from your holistic lifestyle. Unlike some medicated eyelash enhancing serums, VEGAMOUR lash serums are natural formulas that help your lashes without harming any furry friends.

Also: What Is a Lash Lift?

5. Effective, Visible Results

When used on a regular, consistent schedule, lashes may appear visibly thicker in as soon as 30 days with maximum results with eight weeks of consistent use. Try the vegaLASH Volumizing Serum if you're looking for a CBD-free formula.

6. Free of Hormones

For those who are taking other hormone therapies or wary of taking hormonal supplements, these are free of hormones and won't cause any interactions.

7. No Side Effects

As compared with eyelash growth serums that contain prostaglandin, there are no risks of eye color distortion and other serious side effects.

8. Hypoallergenic formula

If you have sensitive skin or allergies, you can still score visibly thicker, fuller and more luxurious lashes with the plant-activated formulas.

Read: Are Magnetic Lashes Safe?

9. Safe for daily use

As there are no known toxins, VEGAMOUR's lash formulas are safe for daily use and are recommended to be used consistently for optimal results.

Also: How to Curl Your Eyelashes Without an Eyelash Curler

Tips for Getting the Most Out of VEGAMOUR Lash Serums

For best results, make lash-enhancing serum a part of your regular routine. Also, consider these helpful tips.

  • Apply vegaLASH Volumizing Serum two times a day during the first two months.
  • Then, switch to using once daily, either in the morning or at night.
  • Apply the lash serum to both your lower lashes as well as your top lashes.
  • In the AM: Apply to clean, dry skin before your makeup routine.
  • In the PM: Apply after you’ve thoroughly washed your face and completed your skincare routine.
  • Hold the applicator brush with your fingers as you apply the serum gently at the root of both the top lashes and the bottom lashes.
  • Avoid using any oil-based makeup remover or products.
  • For best performance and cleanliness, replace your vegaLASH Volumizing Serum every two months.

Try: GRO+ Advanced Lash & Brow Kit

Real People, Real Results

Customers of vegaLASH have given vegaLASH serum rave reviews, ranking it as an effective means of achieving longer, fuller-looking lashes without any irritation.

According to customer Jennifer D: “I love my lash serum; it really works. My lashes have doubled in length. I love it so much [that] I just ordered the hair serum in hopes it will work as well as the lashes.”

And, there's no need to be concerned about using the lash serum if you have sensitive eyes, according to customer Pati's review: “Really happy with this product. I only use natural ingredients, so [I] am very thankful to find this VEGAMOUR vegaLASH volumizing serum. My lashes are longer and fuller, and my sensitive eyes didn't develop any irritation. I used [it] two times a day. Great product!”

Review: I Tried vegaLASH — Here's What Happened 

Integrate Healthy Habits for Healthy Lashes

For healthy lashes with less lash loss, you may also want to implement other ideas in your lifestyle. These include incorporating:

Show your lashes love without compromising their health — or that of your eyes — by giving them a daily dose of TLC. With regular use of either lash serum, chances are that you'll be fluttering those fuller, longer-looking lashes in no time!

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