Dead skin cells, dirt, makeup and oil will build up in your lash line very quickly! All this build up will eat away at your lash extension's bond, breaking it down over time. Lash extension glue LOVES to be kept clean in order to maintain it's strong bond to your natural lash.
It’s critical you cleanse your lash extensions. Improper cleansing or avoiding cleansing all together will cause problems resulting in your lashes not lasting as long as they should. Not cleansing regularly or correctly also leads to potential infections, irritations, poor lash health/growth and lash mites
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NOTE: Always wait 24 hours after your appointment before cleansing!
1. Cleanse lash extensions at least 2-3 times a week, or every night if you're oily or a regular eye makeup wearer.
2. Use a specific lash extension foaming cleanser to ensure you're getting an anti-bacterial solution on your lashes to maintain eye and lash health. Using a lash specific cleanser will avoid potential glycols, oils and other no-no's for lash extensions that are often found in regular facial cleansers.
3. Avoid using products containing oils around or on your eye area. These include cleansers, moisturisers, cleansing oils, aromatherapy oils, spray toners, coconut/rosehip oils, eye creams, and even your shampoo and conditioner! If you use cleansers that aren't safe for extensions you must take care to wipe the cleasner off your face rather than rinse, as residual product will wash into your lashes.
LASH CLEANSING DON'TS:
- Do NOT use makeup remover wipes while wearing lash extensions. They're full of nasty oils, glycols and emollients that lash extensions do not like which cause your extensions to fall off prematurely. Very prematurely! They won't last long at all when using makeup wipes. Makeup wipes are not a good way to cleanse your face in general as they leave makeup residue on your skin.
- Do NOT use cleansing waters like micellar. These products are not safe for extensions.
- Do NOT use face cloths, sponges, makeup pads, cotton buds or other items on or near your lash extensions. These will tug at your lashes causing damage and premature lash loss.
- Do NOT rub your eyes vigorously while cleansing - clean your lash extensions with light fingertip pressure only. I recommend using a cleansing brush like the ones I sell to my clients. Rigorous rubbing will cause premature lash loss as well as roughed up/damaged natural lashes that are short, broken and frail that won't be able to hold extensions safely. It doesn't take much to cause damage to your lashes, so always be gentle!
When should you clean your lash extensions?
- Clean your lash extensions at least every other day - or every day if you're an eye makeup wearer or have oily skin or eyelids.
- I recommend cleaning lash extensions at night to remove the days facial oils, dust, dirt and makeup.
- Clean lash extensions after activities such as swimming, working out/gym, wearing sunscreen (make sure your sunscreen is oil-free). Chlorine, salt, sweat and oils should be removed immediately from lash extensions to maintain the integrity of your lash adhesive.