Eyelashes are an important part of our facial features, and understanding their growth cycle is essential for maintaining healthy and beautiful lashes. The eyelash growth cycle consists of three stages: Anagen (the growth phase), Catagen (the transition phase), and Telogen (the resting phase). During the Anagen phase, eyelashes grow actively for about 30 to 45 days. Approximately 40% of eyelashes are in this phase at any given time.
The Catagen phase is when the eyelash reaches its desired length and stops growing, and the follicle gets smaller. This stage lasts 3 to 4 months before the eyelash falls off and re-enters the active growth phase. The Telogen phase is the resting stage, where the eyelash falls off and a new one begins to grow in its place. The daily growth rate of an eyelash is 0.12—0.14 mm.
Eyelash serums can help to rapidly increase eyelash growth during the Anagen phase and even prolong the Catagen phase. However, results usually start to show after 4 to 6 weeks, depending on the number of eyelashes you have at the beginning of the growth phase. To maximize results, you can work within the growth cycle by changing some elements of your diet, beauty regimens, or sleep routines. With a well-formulated eyelash serum, you can have beautiful and healthy lashes that don't need mascara.