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Much as I think that ReLuma’s Skin Illuminating Serum ($145 in the shop) is one of the very best anti-wrinkle potions I have ever come across, I wasn’t initially very impressed with the hair and eyelash growth products. In my experience, ReLuma kicks in slowly. Patience is required, but is fortunately rewarded in spades. With ReLuma Lash ($95) and ReLuma Hair For Women ($59), progress seemed to be glacial and I almost gave up. However, I am glad I persevered because at about six weeks in both products started to produce results.

I almost gave up completely on ReLuma Lash and even wrote to ReLuma after three weeks of trying it complaining that it irritated my eyes (no matter how careful I was with application) and besides nothing was happening. Without batting an eyelid, so to speak, ReLuma promptly sent me an “updated’ formula and asked me to try again.  The new formula  (I’m not sure what is different about it) didn’t irritate my eyes and a couple of weeks later I started to notice that an eyelash was growing where previously there had been a little gap, my eyelashes were longer and darker. I have been using ReLuma Lash on my eyebrows too, with similar results.

A few weeks ago, Mark reviewed ReLuma Hair for Men and concluded that after a month’s use it had stopped his hair shedding but had done little to encourage new growth (or regrowth). I’d been using the women’s formula for about the same time and had formed the same opinion, but as I had loads left in the bottle (I have been testing it on my hairline) I decided to keep going. As with my lashes, I started to see results a couple more weeks later. There is definitely new hair growing, although it is still a tad wispy.

Compared to Folligen or Hair Signals, which both use copper peptides, ReLuma Hair definitely takes longer to work, but its pale red, lightweight gel is much nicer to use and, in the long term, it gives similar results.

Both ReLuma Lash and ReLuma Hair are based on growth proteins from stem cells. For more on Human Adipose Derived Stem Cell Conditioned Media, take a look at my post explaining how they are derived and work.  ReLuma Hair also includes a 2% dose of minoxidil. This is the active in Rogaine, which I have tried in the past with no success. ReLuma Lash gets a boost with keratin and panthenol and lashes are conditioned by moisture attracting gluconolactone.

There are a few things to be wary of, such as the emulsifier oleth-20 and the preservatives phenoxyethanol and sodium benzoate. But otherwise, both ReLuma Lash and Hair are simple formulas led by a sophisticated active. They do seem to help hair and lashes grow, but don’t expect overnight results. UPDATE 9/9/2011: Continued use of ReLuma Lash on my eyelashes and brows has paid off with nice long, dark, strong hair. Over time, I became more impressed with this product.

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 ReLuma Hair Women

Human Adipose Derived Stem Cell Conditioned Media, Minoxidil Sulfate 2%, Deionized Water, Cellulose, Gum, Lactic Acid, Phenoxylethanol, Polysorbate-20, Fragrance.