Friday, January 4, 2013

I try: a four-month course of lash enhancing Latisse


I’ve seen a plethora of lash-enhancing products flooding the beauty market over the past 18 months or so, and have tried a few with varying degrees of success. Some definitely help nature along a little, but the only one that I’ve tried and can honestly say makes a serious difference is Latisse.
As you get older you definitely notice a change in your lashes. Maybe they have lost their fullness or appear shorter? Or lighter in colour? If it’s something that you want to address then Latisse is the only FDA-approved solution that I have come across that actually does what it says – although it doesn’t happen overnight.
Latisse solution works gradually - with full results at week 16 – so it’s a product you definitely have to commit to once you start brushing it on. Once you begin, you must continue applying the topical solution each night and follow the directions for best results, and I found that just adding it as another step in my nightly routine was absolutely no hassle at all. If you stop using it at any time, your eyelashes will return to their previous appearance over several weeks to months.
You'll first begin to see changes in length. Then, gradually, you'll notice more thickness and darkness in your lashes. If you're satisfied with your results by week 8, don't stop there. Stick with the treatment. After week 16, you'll see the full effect and after that, you can talk to your doctor about ongoing use.
Given that Latisse is a prescribed solution, you just can’t use one that’s been left in the bathroom by your sister or flatmate - you really need to go to a doctor and discuss the details involved. And as with all lash enhancing solutions, make sure that you do not apply them while your contact lenses are on. It is also important to keep everything sterile and to not contaminate the applicator/brush with your fingers, especially if you haven’t washed your hands. Refer to the leaflet that comes with the solution for instructions on how to properly use the product though and you’ll be totally safe to begin application. Only apply at the base of upper lashes too –you seriously don’t need any extra growth on the lower!
When I first starting using Latisse I experienced some dryness that was easily relieved with my usual eye drops, and is apparently a common side effect. Four months on I’m just using it every other day and my lashes are pretty spectacular. It may be one of the pricier options on the market but this puppy works – if you need some length then I highly recommend you give it a whirl!
*I get my Latisse from the fabulous Dr. Teresa Cattin at FaceWorks, you can contact her here*

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