If you adore wearing makeup but dislike spending too much time on it, there are various semi-permanent beauty enhancements that can mimic the appearance of cosmetics. In addition to microblading, lip tinting, eyebrow dyeing, and similar procedures, Clean Eyelash Extensions can make your life easier.
If you’re not familiar, eyelash extensions enhance the volume and/or length of your lashes by attaching individual strands of “lash hair,” usually made of synthetic fibers, mink fur, or silk. Your provider applies the lashes to your natural eyelashes using a semi-permanent adhesive. A set typically costs around $100 and lasts for 2-3 weeks before requiring a refill (usually at a lower cost) as the lashes usually fall out over time as part of your natural lash-shedding cycle.
While they can save you the trouble of applying strip lashes or mascara, eyelash extensions are not a completely hands-off solution. To keep them clean, you will need to go beyond your basic daily facial cleansing routine. Here’s why and how you should clean your lash extensions, according to an eye health professional.
What is the significance of cleansing your eyelash extensions?
It’s crucial to take care of your lashes when you have extensions since they can affect your ocular health, warns Brian Boxer Wachler, M.D., ophthalmologist and All About Vision’s medical reviewerAccording to Dr. Wachler, neglecting proper care of lash extensions can result in “infections, irritations, and premature shedding of the lashes, thereby reducing their longevity.”Inadequate hygiene in the salon or damage to the eye during the application, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), can result in infection.
Dr. Wachler advises keeping an eye out for redness and pain around the eye, which can indicate an infection. However, if the skin on the eyelid becomes tender and red, it could be a reaction to the glue, often containing formaldehyde, which can trigger an allergic reaction. If you’re already experiencing redness and discomfort, it’s best to seek medical attention, and a professional may recommend lubricating eye drops, antihistamine eye drops, or antibiotics depending on the problem, according to the AAO.
Use a proper cleanser
It is crucial to use the correct cleanser for eyelash extensions. Most facial cleansers and makeup removers are formulated with oils or strong surfactants that can weaken the adhesive used to secure the extensions in place. Using an incompatible cleanser can cause extensions to fall out prematurely.
Opt for a brush to cleanse lash extensions
Many lash cleansers include a small, circular brush specifically designed for lash cleaning. A brush streamlines the cleaning process and reduces the risk of accidentally yanking out lashes during the process. If a brush is unavailable, using your ring finger is an option, but be cautious not to tug on your lashes.
Dispense a small amount of lash cleanser into the palm of your hand, and add a few droplets of water. Use the brush or finger to create a foamy lather in the cleanser.
Next, use the brush to delicately massage the cleanser onto your lashes, beginning at the lashline and working your way downwards. If a brush is unavailable, the ring finger may be used instead, but be mindful of the pressure applied. It goes without saying, but keep your eyes shut during the cleansing process.
WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU DON’T CLEAN YOUR LASHES?
Eyelash extensions are generally considered safe and have minimal side effects as long as they are properly maintained. However, neglecting to clean them can result in various issues, ranging from minor to severe:
Accumulation of dirt and oils can weaken the adhesive, causing your extensions to fall off prematurely and requiring you to get a touch-up or new set sooner.
The buildup can create friction, leading to your lashes becoming tangled and resulting in lash loss, as well as a messy and clumpy appearance.
In more severe cases, the debris and dust that collect at the lash line can trigger blepharitis, a form of inflammation and irritation on the eyelid and along the lash line. It can be incredibly uncomfortable and may escalate into something more serious.
Rinse, air-dry, and groom your eyelashes
After cleaning one eye, use cool or lukewarm water to gently rinse off any remaining lash cleanser. Then, repeat the same process for the other eye.
Once you’ve finished cleaning both eyes, use a soft towel to gently dab the area around your eyes, being careful not to touch your lashes. Allow your lashes to air-dry naturally.
Once dry, use a clean spoolie brush to carefully groom your lashes, starting from the base and working your way to the tips. This will help to remove any tangles and ensure your lashes remain in place for a longer period. Additionally, it will give your lashes a fluffy and attractive appearance.