One of the first things I notice about another person is their eyes. Although eyelashes are seen as an element of beauty and femininity, they in fact serve a number of functions by shielding and framing our eyes. Not only are we protected from impurities such as dust, insects, sweat, water and other various particles but from sunlight as well. Each eyelash is actually a “sensory hair that reflexively shuts the eyelid whenever it is touched by … anything that could possibly get in the eye” (Livestrong.com, 2013). To have beautiful eyes with luscious lashes is not only aesthetically pleasing but longed for by centuries of women all around the world, including myself. Despite the fact that many people claimed to have started the false lash trend “in 1911, a Canadian woman named Anna Taylor received a U.S. patent for the artificial eyelash” (nytimes.com, 2013). Look at what an impact both the natural and false lash craze have made since the 1900’s. Not only do eyes look bigger and more youthful but one looks more feminine with long, thick and dark lashes. We are constantly making eye contact and communicating non-verbally, so why not do it with flare!
The obsession for beautiful long lashes has been around for numerous decades. Consider the phrase batting your lashes. Perhaps images of sensuality, sexuality or flirtation come to mind. It is that additional boost of confidence that extra lashes provide and the very essence of why so many women continue to purchase them. The allure that no man can resist a woman with seductive eyes is so strongly engraved in society that false lashes are now a staple necessity in fashion and in many bathrooms. I have personally used both the 14mm individual false eyelash extensions and the glue on strip eyelashes a number of times. Some occasions included: photoshoots, premiers, wrap parties and any other event where I wanted to look my best. Dr. John W. Bass, a board certified plastic surgeon caught my attention when he wrote about why women want longer lashes via realself.com. He complimented the beauty trend as he brings up the fact that: “Having beautiful, full, longer eyelashes framing the windows of a woman’s soul is similar to placing a complimentary frame around a beautiful photograph” (2014). Doctors around the world are continuously being asked what products they can recommend their patients for longer lashes. The demand to greatly improve and complete one’s look with a full set of bold lashes is so dominant that luscious lashes are now a universal symbol of beauty. Plus, the whites of our eyes stand out more when we have enhanced lashes illustrating a youthful and healthy image of oneself. Whether you have tried eyelash extensions or stick on re-useable lashes, there is no shortage of products that promise to assist you achieve that larger than life look. When browsing for a more natural approach and time is not of the essence, consider Latisse.
Latisse is a beauty product you may have heard of before. I had a friend mention it years ago but due to lack of information I forgot about it. Latisse came to shelves around 2009 and is well known as: “a prescription treatment for hypotrichosis (inadequate or not enough lashes) to grow eyelashes longer, fuller, darker” (Latisse.com, 2014). Although I do not have hypotrichosis, I was told that this product was easily accessible to buy on the market if you had no previous eye health conditions. Soon after, I discovered that in my hometown (Toronto, Canada) I did not even need a prescription. My eagerness kicked in, “So what’s next? ” I asked, “How long do I need to apply the serum before I see results?” The instructions inside the box of Latisse informed me that it typically takes about eight to twelve weeks to reach the ultimate outcome, but of course can vary from person to person. The serum requires a few months of application to see results and we are reassured that is a “normal process, because like every other hair on your body, eyelashes are perpetually moving through a natural growth cycle” (Livestrong.com, 2013). So why do we continue to go through all this work? For me, I feel more self-assured going makeup free knowing that I am presenting my best self. We as humans are drawn to that which moves. Therefore, since our eyes are always blinking subconsciously we are encouraging interaction between more people in hopes to attract more suitors, friends, work colleagues, and so forth.
My lashes have always been relatively full, but they were extremely light and shorter than I would have like them to be. I never thought that I could do anything about it and with the right mascara I was embracing what I was born with. However, as my career in the spotlight develops, I thought it would be aesthetically pleasing to have thicker, fuller and darker lashes all the time. This way I could possibly even forgo the false strip lashes that are a pain to glue on yourself. I debated the permanent eyelash extensions done by various salons. However, when I realized that it would cost me around $300.00 with refills every few weeks of approximately $75/per session, essentially it would cost me more money in the long run and I would have something attached to my lashes at all times. Not to mention I worried about how long the lashes would last with my constant mascara use or if one fell out at any given moment, would I have time to run over to the salon? The hesitation there was enough to slow me down and make me browse for other alternatives. Through a chance meeting with a reputable doctor, Dr. Amir Rouzati from Rejuva MD in Toronto, he informed me all about the pro’s and con’s of Latisse and was kind enough to supply me with my very first box of Latisse.
When speaking with Dr. Amir Rouzati, I was informed that some side effects of this well established product are: darkening or spotting on the iris (colored part of your eye), a reddening or darkness on the lash line/eye lid, hair on areas around the eye that Latisse touches and even some eye irritation. With the exception of a bit of redness around the lash line, I was luckily spared any other nuisances. I researched the product extensively before trying it out and I highly encourage you to do the same. Remember to always consult with a physician or family doctor regardless if Latisse is available in your area without a prescription. Also note that Latisse does not last forever. Once you stop using the product lashes will return to their natural state around the eight-week mark.
Although, using mascara is a quick alternative to achieving longer and darker lashes, I can safely vouch that Latisse has made a big difference in my personal experience. I became aware of a number of random long lashes around the six-week mark. Since then they have all caught up. My natural lashes are everything the product promised to be – longer, thicker and darker. As exciting as the process may be, take into account that you need to protect your lashes on a daily basis for best possible results. Always wash your face and remove all the excess makeup off at night, regardless of how tired you are. I have never missed this step as the last thing I want is my eye’s to have an infection or have eyelashes fall out. Additionally, when removing makeup be gentle, your eyes and yes, lashes, are sensitive and should be delicately handled. When you are in a rush and are rough with the removal, you are also increasing your chances of premature wrinkles. Another tip I can leave you with is to stay hydrated. Maintaining a good diet will keep your lashes healthy and you happier in the long run.
Ever wonder what our eyelashes are made out of? Eyelashesinhistory.com states: “Like all the hair in the human body, eyelashes are a biological polymer, made up of about 10 per cent of water and 90 per cent of proteins, such as keratins, and melanins, the substances that give hair its color” (2014). So what are some good foods and vitamins that we can eat to keep eyelashes healthy? Consumerhealthdigest.com suggests: “salmon, iron, Biotin/ Vitamin H/ Vitamin B7, vitamin B, and folic acid…Not only do these vitamins aid in the growth of new but they take care of and maintain hair already existing on your lashes” (2013-2014). As if we needed another excuse to eat healthy! Get some fruit and vegetables in you and take care of your body and those amazing lashes.
*Contact Dr.Amir Rouzati at Rejuva MD located in Toronto, Canada for a professional opinion and to purchase your own box of Latisse. http://www.rejuvamdclinic.ca
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Model: Olivia Gudaniec
MUA: Davina Sioris
Hair: Maryanne Da Costa
Photographer: Stephen Loban