Revitalash vs. Latisse: Which One Is Right For You?

Long, lush lashes frame and accentuate the eyes and contribute to a youthful appearance (not to mention sex appeal)! However, many people have thin, sparse lashes and even wearing mascara doesn’t seem to help, in fact it often makes it worse. Fortunately, there are some surprisingly effective solutions on the market that can help you achieve your look without having to use false lashes that are irritating to the eyes and end up causing more eyelash loss.

Eyelash Growth Serums

Close-up of make-up blue eye with long lashes with black mascaraPerhaps you’ve heard about serums that are supposed to help stimulate lash growth and give you the lashes you’ve always wanted. Do they work? And which one’s are actually effective?

The answer to the first question is yes, they do work, but they aren’t all created equally. Some drug and department store brand products contain conditioners and vitamins, but don’t actually stimulate growth. There are a few products on the market that are research-backed formulas that do increase lash thickness and length.

Two products that are popular are Revitalash and Latisse.

Latisse to Lengthen?

Both formulations are intended to regrow thicker, longer lashes, but there are a couple key differences. The biggest difference is that Revitalash is available over the counter, and Latisse isn’t. However, they both contain substances that stimulate lash regrowth.

“The active ingredient in Latisse is a prostaglandin¬†called bimatoprost, which is what stimulates lash growth,” explains Dr. Miriam Hanson, a board certified Dermatologist and cosmetic expert at Sanova Dermatology. This is only available via prescription. It’s important to note that results will take some time, but overall you should see significant lash growth. Concerns about side effects are a factor in choosing Latisse, however most people do not experience anything more than some minor eye irritation, if that.

Revitalize with Revitalash?

Revitalash is an over-the-counter lash growth formula that contains a smaller amount of the prostaglandin latanoprost. This works the same as the active ingredient in Latisse (Latisse has the patent on theirs) but is found in a smaller amount, which is why it is available without a prescription.

“Because there is less of the active ingredient, results may take longer, but irritation and side effects are less likely” Dr. Hanson shares.

Which Is Right For You?

Both formulas are effective, although Revitalash may take longer to work. In general, Revitalash is less expensive than Latisse.

“Patients who have tried both may claim to have better results with one than the other,” says Dr. Hanson. “Ultimately, it comes down to personal preference.” Some people feel more comfortable purchasing Revitalash because it has less chance of producing side effects, while some prefer to start with a more potent product.

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