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Q. Should eye creams be applied to the eye lashes?

A. Yes, most creams that hydrate the eye tissue will also be beneficial to the lashes. Both skin and hair are proteins and do well with daily hydration.

Q. How do specialty lash conditioners work?

A. There are two kinds of lash conditioners. There are those that mimic hormones to stimulate growth and increase the duration of the growing stage and are supported by the medical industry. While effective, these ingredients have been known to create unwanted side effects. The second and most used are conditioners which hydrate and strengthen the hair with the use of more natural ingredients such as peptides, vitamins, fatty acids, and minerals.

Q. How do these natural ingredients work when applied?

A. Peptides help regulate the receptor cell which, in turn, stimulates the follicle to grow hair. Hydrating ingredients keep lashes supple so as not to easily break. This also makes them easier to curl and manipulate to a certain direction. Vitamins condition the eyelashes which can create a healthy sheen and a protective barrier against harmful free radicals.

Q. Are mascaras harmful to the eyelashes?

A. Not all of them. Many contain harsh chemicals like formaldehyde and heavy oils. Sensitive eye mascaras do not. Waterproof formulas contain glues. It is smart to keep mascara for only 3 months after opening since, due to its nature and eye contact, it can be a sinister breeding ground.

Q. How are lash conditioners used?

A. Always apply lash conditioners on the clean, dry eyelash base near the skin. These are lash enhancers, not skin enhancers. When applied daily, they can improve lash growth, lash strength, lash moisture, and often will give the appearance of deeper color of the lashes.

Q. How are lash conditioners used with mascara?

A. A thin application over the base of the lash should be applied before the rest of any eye makeup and mascara.

Q. Must lash conditioners be applied every day?

A. Like taking medication, there is a period of time where conditioners must be applied frequently until a difference is noticed. This may take up to 60–90 days. When you are satisfied with their improvement, give lashes a break for a couple of months before beginning the cycle again.

Over the years, much success has been reported from my client base as well as written about in our trade manuals. Success for lashes is achieved with the use of healthy natural ingredients to help grow longer or thicker eyelashes.

DESIRED IMAGE SKIN CARE CLINIC – 871 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst, NY 14226 (716)-834-1123


By Brenda Romanow

Brenda Romanow is the owner of Desired Image Skin Care Clinic, a Buffalo based business of over 22 years. Brenda has been in education for over 10 years for the New York State Education Committee for esthetics and is also a New York State examiner for esthetics. She started teaching in several school’s continuing education class on subjects such as Anti-Aging, Personal Image, Makeup application as well as Cosmetic Ingredients (what’s in a jar). 834-1123.