Why washing your lashes regularly is important

I often get asked if it’s ok to get eyelash extensions wet. As long as you wait 24 hours after your appointment, the answer is YES! The reason why we ask that you wait 24 hours is to give the adhesive enough time to cure and bond. After that, it is in fact is encouraged that you wash your lashes regularly. You wash your hair and you wash your face, so it only makes sense that you wash your lashes as well.

Here is why lash hygiene is important:

  • Get rid of oil and debris build up

Eyelashes are there to protect your eyes from air particles like dust, sand, lint etc; they catch or sweep them out of the way. Your eyelids also secrete natural oils so if you never wash your eyelash extensions the oil will remain there and slowly break down the adhesive.

  • Control your eyelash mite population

Say what?! Believe it or not, about 80% of the population has little friends living at the base of their lashes (called demodex folliculitis, for those who want to know). They’re too small to be seen with the naked eye and they’re actually there to help when in small numbers. They feed off dead skin and build up, which helps new hair follicles to grow. Unfortunately if their numbers get out of hand there will be too many accumulated per natural eyelash; their weight will cause the eyelash to fall off prematurely. I encourage you to look up eyelash mites pictures if you’re doubtful!

  • Avoid irritation

Accumulated dirt and debris at the base of your eyelashes can cause your oil glands to be blocked. This can lead to blepharitis, which is essentially inflammation, scaling, reddening and crusting of the eyelid. Don’t quote me on this because I’m not a medical professional, but there have been instances where someone thought they developed an allergic reaction over time but once they started washing their lashes the inflammation went away.

Now that you understand the importance of washing your lashes, here’s how you can wash them:

  1. Clean your face: if you’re wearing heavy foundation, remove it before washing your eyes and avoid the eye area.
  2. Remove eye makeup: remove all eye makeup using an oil and glycol-free makeup remover. You can use a Qtip and make sure you wipe away from the extensions. I don’t recommend cotton balls as you’ll probably end up with a lint disaster in your lashes.
  3. Wash your lashes: use a clean makeup brush to gently lather some eyelash cleanser at the base of your lashes. You can use a circular motion as well as an “up down” motion. Gently wiggle the brush along the lash line.
  4. Dry your lashes: Carefully pat dry with a towel, do not rub the lashes
  1. Brush your lashes: this must be done gently. If you feel any pulling, wait until they dry and try again.

If you have any questions or if you would like to purchase some eyelash shampoo, send me an email or give me a call!

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