Do you long for thick, gorgeous lashes to complement your beautiful face? Are your lashes too short and seemingly unwilling to grow?

There are lots of suggestions to grow thicker, more lush lashes via the internet. Some of them will not work…some will blur your vision and leave you frustrated.

I have one of my own because I know that hygiene works. When you’re showering, use a tiny drop of face cleanser on your fingertips and gently scrub your lashes. Rinse thoroughly. This tip was from my optometrist after wearing false lashes frequently and me complaining about itching.

According to Dr. Sandy Skotnicki, Toronto-based dermatologist, there are four lash boosting medical and non-medical treatments that have shown results:

Bimatoprost (Latisse)
Biotin (Vitamin H)
Lash extensions
Lash-boosting mascara
Now, let’s take a closer look at each of these options.

1. Bimatoprost (Latisse)

The only science-backed and FDA-approved medical treatment for eyelash hypotrichosis is bimatoprost or Latisse. A lash serum applied daily, Latisse increases the proportion of lashes in the growth phase to produce longer, fuller looking lashes in as little as 8 weeks.

2. Biotin (Vitamin H)

This vitamin has been shown to boost blood flow to the hair follicles (including the lashes) to improve hydration and reduce lash loss. According to Alan Pressman, author of “Pocket Idiot’s Guide to Vitamins,” biotin improves the body’s ability to absorb essential nutrients that support lash growth.

3. Lash Extensions

Lash extensions are a more permanent alternative to fake lashes, adding 70 to 80 lashes per eye that last several weeks at a time. The treatment costs anywhere from $100 to $400 and must be repeated as the lashes grow and fall out. There is some risk of damage to the natural lash, and some women develop an allergic reaction to the adhesive.

4. Lash-Boosting Mascara

Any mascara is likely to make your lashes look longer or fuller, but lash-boosting mascara is a unique product formulated to provide the additional benefit of stimulating eyelash growth. Products like Physicians Formula lash-boosting mascara have shown a 94% success rate in producing extended and fuller looking lashes in 4 weeks of use.

Before trying any treatment to improve eyelash growth or reduce lash loss, consult your physician. At the very least, try one of the science-backed methods discussed above over one of the online tips that have no foundation in scientific evidence.