All about the lash

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 21 Mar 2018 11:26:07



By Sanaya Chavda

Temporary options There are various treatments currently available for eyelashes including eyelash enhancing serums, eyelash extensions and lash lift. Dr Madhuri Agarwal, founder and medical director of Yavana Aesthetics Clinic says lash lift is a new keratin based lash enhancement treatment. “It provides perming and curling of eyelashes by the application of specific products on lashes. The effect lasts for around a month. A traditional perm simply curves the lashes versus a lash lift which turns the eyelashes upwards and adds a tint to give them length, height and volume. This is low on maintenance and post care as they are your own natural eyelashes but they may not be the right choice for individuals having short and sparse eyelashes,” she warns. Eyelash extensions have also become popular recently and can last the length of time of the growth cycle of natural lashes. The post care with these is very important as the longevity of lashes will depend on the care taken post treatment.

Try a growth serum

Any chemical procedures done on eyelashes such as curling or extensions can cause eye infections such as conjunctivitis, dry eyes or even allergies warns Dr Vandana Punjabi, dermatologist consultant at Nanavati super speciality hospital. “These should be carried out with extreme care and hygienic measures should be followed. Also, a test dose of the chemicals should be applied and skin should be observed 24 hours later for any allergy. There are certain growth serums containing bimatoprost solution (0.03 per cent), which are known to help the eyelashes grow longer and thicker as they increase the anagen (growth) phase of the eyelashes hair cycle. One drop of bimatoprost solution is placed on a single-use applicator and applied to the upper eyelid margin along the roots of the eyelashes once nightly. However, results are seen only after six to eight weeks and side effects such as darkening of the skin have been seen,” she adds.

Enhance with make-up

Clint Fernandes, make-up expert suggests some tips to enhance your lashes using mascara. “One can use tiny fibres to extend the eyelash and add some thickness. Dip your wand into the tiny fibres then place it back in the mascara tube, swirl around and then use. This can clump so use carefully,” he says, adding, “I personally like to bend the wand a little bit before using. Start with the lower lashes first and work from the waterline to the ends. For the upper lid, use a mascara from the inside of the lash in an upward direction. If required you can use an eyelash curler too and then immediately follow up with mascara to help it set.” (DNA)