Aftercare Instructions for Lash Extensions
Eyelash extensions can instantly enhance your appearance, and after wearing your first set, you probably won’t want to do without them. If you wish your eyelash extensions to last longer, it’s important to learn how to take care of them properly. Being diligent about aftercare keeps them clean, prevents eye infections, and keeps them looking good for longer.
Don’t get lash extensions wet after application
After getting lash extensions, you need to avoid water and humidity for a period of time. This means no showers, steam rooms or saunas. If you get your extensions wet before the adhesive dries properly, it can cause it to cure prematurely, and this makes the lash bond brittle and susceptible to breakage.
The amount of time you need to avoid water can vary depending on the brand of adhesive, but you will usually need to keep your extensions dry for between eight to 48 hours. Are eyelash extensions safe? Lilac St advises about what can happen if you neglect proper aftercare of your eyelash extensions.
Do not touch or rub your eyes
You naturally lose up to about five lashes every day. As your lash extensions are attached to your natural lashes, they will fall out too. However, touching or rubbing your eyes tends to make them fall out quicker. You need to train yourself to avoid this subconscious habit.
At first, you may want to pick at your lash extensions because you are not used to how they feel, but you have to avoid this until you get used to them.
If your eyes tend to be itchy, you can use your fingertips to gently rub your lids with your eyes closed to avoid putting any stress on your eyelash extensions.
Clean with eyelash extension cleanser
Wearing lash extensions can make it a little more difficult to clean around them, but it’s important to prevent the buildup of natural oils, dust and makeup. Cleaning your lashes keeps your eyes safe and also makes them last for longer by preventing buildup from weakening the adhesive.
Clean them every day and don’t just use any old cleanser. It’s best to use a dedicated lash extension cleanser. Most lash cleansers come with a small brush, and you use it to gently apply cleanser to your lashes from the lash line downwards. Massage the cleanser in with the brush using small circular motions. Splash them gently with lukewarm water to remove the cleanser.
Detangle your lash extensions
Just as long hair can become tangled, your lash extensions can, too, and this often happens while you’re sleeping. They don’t look great when tangled, and this also puts pressure on the glue, which can lead to lash loss.
Detangle your lashes using a clean, dry spoolie (brush for applying mascara). Start at the roots and work your way up to the tips, gently wiggling the wand. Brush them like this once or twice a day to make sure they’re separated, so they last for longer and stay looking gorgeous.
Don’t use oil-based products on or around your eyes
Oil-based products, such as eye cream products, makeup remover, waterproof mascara and eyeliner, can weaken eyelash extension adhesive. Be aware that any facial product has the power to spread, even if you deliberately avoid the eye area – cleansers, moisturizers, foundation etc. Stick to oil-free products, such as a water-based makeup remover, if you want your lash extensions to last.
Don’t sleep on your face
If you lie on your stomach, your face presses against your pillow and puts pressure on your eyelashes, causing them to fall out quicker. Try to sleep on your back or side instead. If you find it difficult to avoid this, try using a silk or satin pillowcase to minimize the damage to your lashes. The smoother your pillowcase, the less it pulls at your lashes.
Stay on top of your refills
There is no exact timeline, but you can expect your lash extensions to last anywhere from three to six weeks. As your lashes fall out, you will start to notice gaps. This is when it’s time to have refills. Don’t wait too long, or you may need a whole new set of lashes.