Eyelash conditioner is a serum or gel applied along the eyelash line that is used to help lashes appear thicker, longer and healthier. The conditioners in the product work to help create the look of fuller, thicker and healthier lashes. This enhances the natural look of eyelashes without the help of mascara, false eyelashes or eyelash extensions.
The concept of an eyelash conditioner is much like a hair conditioner. Both use moisturizers and sometimes vitamins and minerals to encourage natural, healthy growth. Unlike mascara, eyelash conditioner does not offer an immediate transformation.
Eyelash conditioners work over time, because lashes grow and improve with nightly use of the eyelash conditioner. Generally, improvement is seen in two to four weeks. More dramatic improvements often are seen in two to three months. How fast results appear also can depend on the product.
Some eyelash conditioners do not claim to make the eyelashes actually longer. Rather, the lashes simply appear longer because they are smoother and healthier-looking. One of the key reasons that an eyelash conditioner is used is to help reverse the effects of thinning or breaking lashes. Eyelashes can fall out or become damaged by aging, health issues, poor nutrition or improper removal of mascara.
Eyelash conditioner products can be found at both department store beauty counters and discount stores. They are applied either alone or under mascara. Some mascara products are packaged with a separate eyelash conditioner. There are even mascaras with extra conditioners in them.
People who have sensitive skin can experience some irritation with an eyelash conditioner. This often can be alleviated by choosing a different product or using the product every other night instead of nightly. In the case of an extreme burning sensation or redness in the eye area, it is advisable to discontinue using the product and to contact a physician.
An advantage of a conditioner is that it can help cut down on the use of mascara or eyelash extensions. When used excessively, mascara and eyelash extensions can cause damage to the eyelashes. This can happen if the lashes become weighed down and break off. It also can occur if the eyes are rubbed too harshly when mascara is removed.
Just as the length and thickness of natural eyelashes can vary, so do the results obtained by using an eyelash conditioner. Some eyelash conditioners claim to promote actual eyelash growth, and others do not. There also are products geared specifically for eyelash growth, and some of these require a prescription from a doctor.