When you invest your time, money and patience into getting eyelash extensions, you want them to last as long as possible, don’t you? There is nothing worse than doing something that inadvertently causes them to start coming away from your face. An important part of ensuring your eyelash extensions last is cleaning and maintaining them.
This could result in them falling out, though if you’re not careful. So, you may wonder how you clean lash extensions without that happening. That’s what we’re going to discuss in the following post.
Before we discuss a step-by-step guide to cleaning them, it’s time we addressed a common misconception people have regarding false eyelashes. When you’ve them put in or apply them yourself, using strip lashes perhaps, you are often told to prevent them having contact with water for at least 24-hours. Many misinterpret this to mean they’re not waterproof.
When the truth of the matter is properly designed and cured false lashes are very waterproof and you need water to clean them. There are several issues that can arise, if you’re not careful and don’t look after them properly.
A common issue that arises from improper eyelash hygiene is Blepharitis. This is a condition people suffer from when they don’t take proper care of their eyelids, and in this case as an example, don’t wash their lashes properly. It is essentially eyelid inflammation which can become incredibly irritating and uncomfortable.
It’s caused by dead skin cells not being flushed away properly and building up on your eyelids to cause inflammation and itchiness. Once this condition sets in, it’s all downhill from there. Lash mites, the key causes of the inflamation, liveon the skin and eat the dead skin and dirt that resides. Soon enough you’ll end up with very unattractive sore and red-looking eyes.
You’ll also start fidgeting with your lashes, even when you’re in bed sleeping and that’s when they start to come out and fall off. So, cleaning them is vital.
Oil is another reason for cleaning lashes. Oil can buld up in between the extension and the natural lash which will begin lifting the extension and likely cause it to fall from your eyelid.
So, How Do You Actually Clean False Eyelashes?
Now we’ve covered the why, let’s look at the how.
Using an oil-free makeup remover, start to remove the makeup on and around your eyes. For example, if you’re removing eyeliner, take a lip applicator or soft clean make up brush and use a foam cleanser before brushing around the skin and lashes.
Stay away from cotton buds. Fluff can get into the eyelashes and you’ll find it becomes incredibly difficult to remove.
If you tend to wear a lot of foundation, you need to remove this as well. Remove it using your preferred cleanser but stay away from the eyes. Particularly as many foundation removers are oil-based or contain some oil at the very least.
To wash them, you need to gently wet your eyes and lashes with some cool, not hot, water. Then take a little lash shampoo or a lash cleansing brush and work it up into a lather in the palm of your hand. Now apply it to your eyes and gently brush your lashes. Repeat this part of the process until your eyes feel clean and refreshed.
Next, rinse your eyes off, so all the shampoo and excess dirt and makeup are removed from the area and your lashes. When it comes to the drying, much like with the washing, you need to avoid rubbing them, just pat/dab them gently with a soft paper tissue
The final part of cleaning your eyelashes is to simply give them a brush out, twirling your lash wand gently through them before fanning them out. Ensure that you never brush your lash extensions while they are wet. Dry them properly with a tissue or use the cold setting on a hair dryer.
Follow this route twice a day, morning and evening for best results.
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