You know the drill, at the end of your lash appointment you're reminded to not get your lashes wet for 24 hours and not to let any oil based products near your lashes. We will explore the effects of water on your lashes in another post, but here we are going to look at why oil is so bad for your lash extensions!
Eyelash extensions and oil
Lash extensions and oil are an unfortunate mix. We are promised a ton of skin benefits from oil products, yet on the other hand oil is the number-one worst enemy of eyelash extensions. Oil dissolves the bond that the lash glue has with your natural lash and the extension resulting in your extensions dropping off prematurely. (Tip: If you ever WANT to remove your lash extensions yourself, coconut or jojoba oil are great products to do it with, however, it's always recommended seeing a professional for removal, as proper assessment and gentle handling of your lashes is always better than home removal!).
What products contain oil?
From cleansers to balms, moisturizers to serums, oil-based beauty products are absolutely everywhere so you have to be really careful with what you let near your lashes. Even some eyeliners and mascaras contain oil (but with lash extensions you should be ditching the mascara anyway!)
How do I know which of my products are oil-based?
Quite simply, check the ingredients list. Any obvious oil (e.g. rosehip, sunflower, jojoba, argan, squalane etc.) on the list means you shouldn't get it any where near your lashes but there are also some less obvious oils such as glycerin, petrolatum and mineral oil.
Do I have to give up my oil-based facial products if I want lash extensions.
Not necessarily but you will be going for lash fills a lot more regularly than if you stayed away from those products. If you want to keep your oil-based beauty regime, avoid the eyes (under and above) as much as possible when applying.
What happens if I have oily skin?
Having overly oily skin can cause problems for lash extensions in the same way as applying oil products to the skin. Natural oils in the skin can break down the lash adhesive. Morning and evening lash cleansing with foaming lash wash can help, and using blotting papers for the eyelid during the daytime can help prevent the buildup of oil on the lash line. Ask about our lash extension sealant ($25) for daily use to reduce the amount of oil that sits on the lashes. With proper aftercare and regular lash washing, we can keep you wearing extensions.
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