Introduction to the topic
If you ask me, dirty eyelash extensions are the worst. Eyelash extensions accumulate unsightly debris, dead skin cells, oil buildup and dirt as they age.
No, I have no idea how to clean and care for eyelash extensions.
It’s a shame that so many people don’t know how to properly care for and clean these delicate items. However, using a soft brush, eyelash cleanser, and clean water to perform a lash cleanse twice daily will not harm your lashes.
Washing your falsies is the only surefire way to extend their lifespan, as I’ve learned from my work as a makeup artist for over six years.
There are a lot of clients who come in for a refill with dirty lashes that I’ve encountered. In order to avoid damaging the adhesive, most people believe that cleaning eyelash extensions is a bad idea. When lashes are free of dirt and makeup residue, the bond lasts longer.
Keeping your eyelashes clean can help you get more wear out of them and keep an infection at bay. The bacteria on your extensions will continue to build up and get into your eyes if you do not wash them regularly.
How to clean eyelash extensions?
You should begin cleaning your extensions as soon as they have cured for at least 48 hours.
The steps for caring for eyelash extensions are outlined in the following paragraphs.
- Remove your eye makeup first. Wet cotton swabs can be used to apply oil-free removers and remove the makeup.
- The foundation must be removed next. This can be accomplished with any cleanser that does not contain oil.
- Wet your eyelashes as you normally would.
- Each lash should have a very small amount of lash shampoo applied to it. This shampoo should be applied with a cleansing brush.
- Rinse it gently with water to remove the residue.
- Towel-dry your lashes (lint-free).
- Curl your lashes with a freshly cleaned mascara wand.
How do you wash your eyelashes without using baby shampoo?
In some cases, using baby shampoo to clean eyelashes can be problematic. However, some people’s skin is so sensitive to certain chemicals in baby shampoo that they cannot properly use it. As a result, it should not be used to remove mascara on a regular basis. It will irritate and dry out the eyes, especially if you have sensitive eyes.
It’s possible to make a homemade lash cleanser without baby shampoo by using castor or olive oils. These natural oils are well-known for their ability to keep skin moisturized. Keep your lashes in good condition with these products. It’s also possible to use an over-the-counter eyelash cleanser.
There are a variety of lash cleansers on the market, many of which are vegan-friendly. Another option is to make your own oil-based lash cleanser at home if you don’t want to use any of these lash cleansers.
When should you clean your eyelash extensions?
You should clean your lash extensions every day if you have oily eyelids. People who wear eye makeup are in the same boat. If you don’t have such issues, clean your lashes twice or three times a week.
You must clean your lash extensions after any physical activity, such as swimming or going to the gym.
It’s best not to wet these extensions for 48 hours after they were applied. It takes time for these extensions to harden and become watertight.
Your lash extensions will fall out if you come into contact with oil, salt, sweat, or chlorine.
What to stay away from, with eyelash extensions?
Glycerin and oil products should never be used while cleaning lashes. As a result of the breakdown of lash glue caused by these products, eyelashes become loose and fall out. You can find oil-based products in a wide variety of cosmetic categories such as hair products such as shampoo and conditioner or eye cream and moisturizer, for example.
When at all possible, refrain from using mascara or eyeliner, especially if it is waterproof. Both of these factors make it difficult to maintain healthy lashes.
1. Cleaning water should never be used to clean your eyelashes
Using micelles, you can remove excess oil from your face. As a result, these oils weaken and eventually remove the extensions from the hair.
2. Showerhead water should not be used to clean your eyelashes
Your extension could be ruined by this high-pressure stream of water.
3. Cotton buds, sponges, and other similar materials should never be used on your eyelashes
The extensions will be ripped out by these materials.
4. Avoid rubbing your lashes with a lash curler
Eyelash extensions are delicate and should be handled with caution. Pressure applied to them could cause them to fall out. Cleansing brushes can be used instead.
Avoid products that could cause irritation to your eyelids.
What are the do’s and don’ts of eyelash extensions?
- For lash extension maintenance, mineral-based products are ideal.
- They are an excellent replacement for oil-based formulations.
1. Your lashes need to be cleaned at least twice a week.
If you have oily eyelids, you may need to perform a daily cleansing routine.
Before rinsing your lashes with water, be sure to remove any extension cleanser that you don’t trust.
Dab with a tissue instead of cotton buds when removing makeup.
2. The best time to clean your extensions is before you go to sleep at night.
You remove the day’s dust, makeup, dirt, oil, and other debris from your face.
3. Eyelash extensions are not damaged by water.
Make sure you use water that is safe to use while learning how to clean lash extensions on your own. Using water within 48 hours of applying your lash extensions is a no-no.
To keep your lashes and eyes healthy, use a lash extension foaming cleanser designed specifically for this purpose. The glycols, oils, and other no-nos for lash extensions commonly found in regular facial cleansers can be avoided by using a lash-specific cleanser.
4. To avoid irritating your eyes, steer clear of products containing oils.
Cleansers, moisturizers, cleansing oils, aromatherapy oils, spray toners, coconut/rosehip oils, eye creams, and even your shampoo and conditioner are all included in this category. As long as you’re using cleansers that aren’t meant for extensions, you should avoid rinsing them off your face because any remaining product will get onto the extension lashes.
1. While wearing lash extensions, do not use makeup remover wipes to remove your makeup.
Your lash extensions will fall out early because they contain a lot of oils, glycols, and emollients that they don’t like. Prematurely, I’d say! Makeup wipes will quickly deplete their usefulness. As a general rule, you shouldn’t use makeup wipes to remove your make-up because they can leave residue on your skin.
2. Do not use micellar water.
In addition, do not use cleansing waters such as micellar to remove dirt and debris from your skin. Extensions are not safe with these products.
To avoid damaging your extensions, never apply makeup with anything other than a makeup brush or a cotton swab. These will cause damage to your lashes, resulting in premature lash thinning.
3. Do not rub
When cleaning your lash extensions, use only light fingertip pressure and avoid rubbing your eyes vigorously. Cleansing brushes, such as those I sell to my clients, are essential. Excessive rubbing can lead to premature lash loss as well as short, broken, and frail natural lashes that can’t hold extensions securely. It doesn’t take much to harm your lashes, so be gentle when applying mascara.
If you don’t clean your lashes, what will happen?
Your eyelids will become inflamed and irritated if you don’t properly clean your lash extensions. Your lashes will be itchy for the rest of the day, so you’ll likely rub them all day. Your eyelids may become sore and the extensions may fall out.
Blepharitis is caused by lash extensions that are extremely dirty. Eyelid inflammation is the result of blepharitis, a bacterial infection. It’s easy for bacteria to grow in the lashes if dirt and dead skin buildup is allowed to accumulate.
The biofilms that form on the eyelids as a result of bacteria overgrowth are known as biofilms. Demodex mites are attracted to bacterial biofilms by the presence of bacteria. Mites eat bacteria and dead skin to survive. When they multiply too much, however, it causes redness, itching, and painful inflammation of the eyelids.
Additionally, bacteria produce endotoxins. Compounds that infect and irritate an already inflamed eyelid further exacerbate the problem.
However, itchiness is a common side effect of this infection. A period of time may be required before you can resume using your lash extensions.
Inexperienced lash extension wearers may mistake an eye allergy for blepharitis if they don’t know how to properly clean their extensions. Blepharitis can cause a variety of symptoms, some of which are listed below:
- Your lashes are flaking white.
- An itching or stinging sensation in the lashes
- Dryness of the eyes
- Eyes that are watering.
- Eyes filled with grit
- When you first wake up in the morning, you’ll notice the majority of these symptoms.
- You can get rid of blepharitis by adopting the proper lash cleansing routine.
How to clean eyelash extensions without lash shampoo?
If you don’t have eyelash extensions shampoo, here’s how to clean them.
1. Use eye makeup remover
It is possible to remove stubborn eye makeup and dirt from the lashes with the help of an eye makeup remover. As a result, eye makeup removers are a great option for those who regularly wear heavy eye makeup. If you want to make your own lash cleanser, you can also use Alcohol-free baby wipes.
When you’re done with applying your mascara and eyeliner, wipe the cotton swab with eye makeup remover to remove all of the mascara and any remaining eyeliner.
Apply a small amount of eyeliner or mascara remover to your lashes, focusing on any areas that are caked with mascara or eyeliner.
Rinse your eyes with warm water to remove makeup, followed by a cold water rinse, in Step 4.
Use a soft cloth to pat your eyes and lashes dry.
2. Use a homemade hydrogen peroxide and water solution
You don’t need shampoo to make a lash cleanser with hydrogen peroxide, which is a readily available chemical. That’s not all. Hydrogen peroxide has other beneficial properties that may help in the treatment of eyelash extension-related conditions. Using this formula would be a gentle approach.
Add one-part hydrogen peroxide to three parts water in a small container. The hydrogen peroxide should be completely dissolved by this point in the process of stirring. The mixture can be used right away or kept in an airtight container for later use.
A cotton swab is used to apply the mixture to the lashes. Make use of it in the same manner as any other lash cleansing product. For best results, let the product sit on your lashes for a few minutes, then gently rub them together to remove the product.
After you’ve finished, rinse your eyes with water.
Avoid leaving the mixture on for more than a few minutes at a time because it can irritate the eyes. At the very least, this cleanser should be used once a day, but twice is even better.
Remove your makeup with an oil-free cleanser first.
Lashed extensions should be cleaned with an oil-free make-up remover or cleanser. Using a soft-bristled brush, remove dirt, makeup residue, and oil. Most oils will weaken the adhesive bond of eyelash extensions, causing them to fall off.
Prevent the glue from weakening by avoiding any of the following: canola oil, mineral oil, vegetable oil, or coconut oil.
Making your own cleanser at home may seem like a good idea, but it is not one that should be pursued. Hair follicle blockage, weakening of the adhesive, allergic reactions, and infections of the eyes are all possible side effects.
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Gentle cleansing of the lashes is also essential. They can become brittle and damaged if they are scrubbed too much. So, when it comes to cleaning them, be sure to take your time and be gentle.
A few common household items can be used to make your own lash cleanser. This is a low-risk, low-cost option that you can test out for yourself. Making your own DIY allows you to control exactly what goes into your product. Your products won’t contain any harmful or toxic chemicals as a result of this.