Enhancements Lash Boost
Enhancements Lash Boost really does help your lashes grow longer and fuller, all without needing a prescription. Unfortunately, the deal-breaker is one problematic ingredient (backhousia citriodora leaf oil), which holds us back from giving this product our whole-hearted seal of approval.
Also known as lemon myrtle, there is research showing backhousia citriodora leaf oil used in concentrations over 1% has the potential to harm skin cells and incite irritation via its fragrant component, citral. The amount being used here is likely just above or right at 1%, making it an iffy risk.
That's a shame considering Enhancements Lash Boost really does deliver longer, fuller lashes in as little as four-to-eight weeks thanks to the inclusion of isopropyl cloprostenate. Isopropyl cloprostenate shares molecular similarities to bimatoprost (the active ingredient in the prescription lash growth product, Latisse ®).
As with all well-formulated lash growth serums, you have to be consistent with daily usage to achieve noticeable growth. The results aren't permanent—you must continue using the product to maintain the enhanced growth.
We need to point out that due to the chemical similarity to the active ingredient in Latisse® we also wonder if this version from Rodan + Fields poses the same types of minimal risks. There is no research on this, but we want you to know of what may be a distinct possibility (we recommend checking with your physician about that).
Latisse® may seem less convenient than Enhancements Lash Boost due to the fact that it requires a prescription, but on the flip side, it has more research to back it up. Price-wise, Latisse® costs more, at approximately $175 for 0.17 oz. However, keep in mind that some doctor's offices selling Latisse® offer promos, which can make it less expensive.
For another non-prescription option that gets our seal of approval (and costs less) see our review of Revitalash Advanced Eyelash Conditioner.
- Capable of delivering fuller, longer lashes in as little as four weeks.
- Easy to use; no prescription required.
- Contains a problematic ingredient that can irritate and impair skin.
- Limited research about its safety and efficacy in comparison to Latisse.
References for this information:
Food and Chemical Toxicology, October 2003, pages 1,409-1,416.
Food and Chemical Toxicology, April 2002, pages 535-543.
Latisse® is a registered trademark of Allergan, Inc. Beautypedia has no conflict of interest or affiliation with Allergan."
Rodan + Fields At-A-Glance
Many of you are probably familiar with physicians Katie Rodan and Kathy Fields from their appearances on infomercials about their successful ProActiv line of anti-acne skincare products. The Rodan + Fields approaches are advertised for those suffering from a variety of skin conditions, and are claimed to work for anti-aging, skin discolorations, sensitive skin, and acne.
Most consumers want simplicity when it comes to making decisions about what skincare products they should use. The Rodan + Fields marketing strategy is to make it simple. They eliminate the confusion about what products work together by creating streamlined, prepackaged product groups, each aimed at specific skin-care concerns. Each product group is enclosed in a clever, take-along parcel that is the skin-care equivalent of a sack lunch. (Products are also available separately for those who want to customize their routine or add products outside the predetermined routines.) This structured approach has merit, but, each routine has at least one questionable or lackluster formulation, or a problem with packaging.
For more information about Rodan + Fields, call (888) 995-5656 or visit www.rodanandfields.com.
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