In her last post, our makeup guru, Kristen, said that your eyebrows can be the key to an instant eyelift and softening of the face. I would add that full brows (as opposed to aging moth-eaten ones) keep the face looking younger and who doesn’t want a full set of lashes to bat at any age. I am very excited about our 2011 Five Best eyelash and brow growth products as it shows that the industry is really listening to us – these products are safe (prostaglandin-free), existing formulas have been made more effective and there some great new products here as well.

ReLuma Lash ($95). This is a relatively new product and an already updated formula that doesn’t irritate. Simple yet sophisticated, the actives are growth proteins from stem cells. ReLuma Lash gets a boost with keratin and panthenol and lashes are conditioned by moisture attracting gluconolactone. ReLuma lash can be used on brows as well. It takes a few weeks for this product to kick in, but prolonged use yields longer, darker, stronger lashes Read the full review

Hydropeptide Lash ($98).  This has been on our Five Best list for several years running, but Hydropeptide could never be accused of being complacent and it boosted the peptide power of its lash enhancer not long ago. Results tend to be faster than some of its competitors and can be seen within a month. The actives are three peptides: myristoyl pentapeptide-17, myristoyl hexapeptide-16 and octapeptide-2, plus there’s healthy hair promoting biotin and folic acid as well as sodium hyaluronate to prevent brittleness.

Chella Brow Conditioner ($95). Devised with Hollywood brow beater, DeeDee Marcelli (who counts Paris Hilton and Celine Dion amongst her clients) the Chella Brow Full-Fillment Conditioning Treatment is aimed at those sparse of brow (that would be me). Prostaglandin-free, the active here is a peptide, Biotinoyl tripeptide. This is made by the same company as Matrixyl 3000 and it helps to slow aging effects by lessening the production of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) to improve the irrigation of the hair follicle. This brow growth product as plenty of additional ingredients that are also associated with hair growth such as saw palmetto, amino acids, various algae and a couple of members of the vitamin B family. This kit is great bargain because the serum comes with a professional-style eyebrow grooming kit and accoutrements.

Code:ai Lash Extend Serum ($118). The big guns in the formula are myristoyl pentapeptide-16 and 17. The Lash Extend Serum has this peptide at a 30% concentration. You could get results after about three weeks, more noticeably after six weeks. In my experience, the hairs are not just longer, but also more flexible and healthier looking.

Folligen Cream ($22 in the TIA shop). I would recommend this for eyebrows rather than lashes. Folligen works on lashes too, but you need to be super careful when applying it and some people have found it very irritating to the eyes. Still, it’s a great price and on brows it can be effective. The active is copper peptides and this seems to work on the follicle in two ways: increasing follicle cell proliferation increased follicle size; and copper also decreases programmed follicle cell death, which results in smaller follicles.

Ingredients in ReLuma Lash: Human Adipose Derived Stem Cell Conditioned Media, Glycerin, Sodium Carboxymethyl Cellulose, Sodium Benzoate, Hydrolized Keratin, Gluconolactone, Panthenol, Allantoin, Sodium PCA, Oleth-20, Phenoxyethanol, Water

Ingredients in Hydropeptide: Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon Bioflavonoids) Peel Extract, Myristoyl Pentapeptide-17, Myristoyl Hexapeptide-16, Octapeptide-2, Sodium Hyaluronate, Biotin, Folic Acid, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Hydroxyethylcellulose, 1, 2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Disodium Phosphate, Disodium EDTA, 2-Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Phosphate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Methylisothiazolinone, Tropolone, Sodium Hydroxide

Ingredients in Chella: Water (Aqua), Butylene Glycol, Ppg-26-Buteth-26, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Apigenin, Oleanolic Acid, Biotinoyl Tripeptide-1, Ergothioneine, Alcohol Denate., Panthenyl Ethyl Ether, Milk Protein, Lactose, Inositol, Acetyl Cysteine, Acetyl Methionine, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Hydrolyzed Lupine Protein, Propylene Glycol, Pelvetia Canaliculata Extract, Liminaria Digitata Extract, Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Panthenol (Provitamin B5), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Niacin, Pyridoxine Hcl, Biotin, Algae Extract, Serenoa Serrulata Fruit Extract, Enteromorpha Compressa Extract, Ulva Lactuca Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Flower/Leaf Extract, Pueraria Lobata Root Extract, Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract, Sodium Lactate, Sodium Pca, Sorbitol, Proline, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Saccharomyces/Zinc Ferment, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Xanthan Gum, Triethanolamine, Disodium Phosphate, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol.

Ingredients in Code:ai: Aqua, glycerin, licorice root extract, hydrolized wheat protein, allantoin, panthenol, pentylene glycol, ethylhexylglycerin, myristoyl pentapeptide-16, myristoyl pentapeptide-17, hyaluronic acid, panthenyl ethyl ether, acrylates C10-30, alkyl acryates copolymer,triethanolamine, diethanolamine, phenoxyethanol

Ingredients in Folligen: Purified water, squalane, octyl palmitate, PEG-100 stearate (glycerol stearate + PEG-100 stearate), cetyl alcohol, copper peptides (hydrolyzed soy protein and copper chloride), stearic acid, saw palmetto oil, allantoin, polypropylene glycol, diazolinydinyl urea, methylparaben, propylparaben, herbal fragrance, tocopheryl acetate, retinyl palmitate, ergocalcifero